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December 11th, 2018



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2. Rebecca Zahau Death Review Concluded, Official Cause Remains Suicide: Sheriff – NBCSanDiego

At Friday’s news conference, Gore told reporters he knows some observers are skeptical of his department’s conclusions. But he defended his homicide team, calling them “as good as any in the state or the county.”

“They’ve got 100 years of experience,” he said. “We have no reason not to follow the facts, follow the evidence, and follow the interviews where they lead us.”

Greer, the Zahau family attorney, told reporters that the sheriff’s department had barred him from the news conference. Speaking outside the department’s conference room, he claimed it is “impossible” that fair, thorough review of the evidence could again conclude that Zahau killed herself.

“That tells me there’s something corrupt in the (Sheriff’s) process,” Greer said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever know that (that corruption) is, but it’s not a logical conclusion. There’s something here that is motivating (the Sheriff’s department) to do the wrong thing.”

Before the news conference, Greer told NBC 7 that it’s possible that Sheriff Gore and other department executives were influenced by Jonah Shacknai’s wealth.

Gore responded with a measured but forceful denial. “I never took any money from Jonah Shacknai in my election or re-election campaigns. That’s just not the way we operate,” he said. “And to be quite honest, I take personal offense at that, at impugning the reputation of this department, one of the best in the country.”

3. Time magazine names Jamal Khashoggi and persecuted journalists ‘person of the year’ – Guardian


Like all human gifts, courage comes to us at varying levels and at varying moments,” Time magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, wrote in an essay about the selection.

“This year we are recognizing four journalists and one news organization who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment…

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December 10th, 2018

1.Why is Kessinger’s first Google Search for “Shanann Watts” becoming a Shifting Goalpost?

Harrowing photos and written report detail the painstaking process of retrieving Chris Watts’ two daughters from enormous oil drums three days after their father murdered them and dumped their bodies – Daily Mail

Chris Watts’ Mistress Tells Police of Sexual Encounter – NBCBoston

2.  ‘I can’t breathe.’ Jamal Khashoggi’s last words disclosed in transcript, source says – CNN

Despite his desperate pleas, the last discernible words the transcript records for Khashoggi are:

“I can’t breathe.”

The transcript notes more noises, and several more voices.

One of those voices is identified on the transcript by Turkish authorities as belonging to Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, the head of forensic medicine at Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry, the source says.

Aside from Khashoggi and Mutreb, he is the only other voice identified by name on the transcript. As the transcript continues, it is clear Khashoggi is not yet dead.

The transcript notes the noises that can be heard on the tape, almost in the manner that subtitles describe moments in movies where there is no dialogue.




Then, the transcript notes other descriptions.



Tubaiqi is noted giving some advice to other people in the room, apparently to help them deal with the appalling task.

“Put your earphones in, or listen to music like me.”

During the scene, the transcript notes at least three phone calls placed by Mutreb.

The transcript does not specify the moment Khashoggi dies.

December 9th, 2018

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‘I don’t want to have this baby’: newly released texts reveal Shanann Watts’ anxiety over growing family – kdvr

The moment Chris Watts confessed to murdering his pregnant wife: Part 2 – Yahoo

Chris Watts led double life before murdering his family, court docs show: Part 3 – Yahoo

In a shocking statement, Chris Watts describes how he killed his wife: Part 4 – Yahoo

Nichol Kessinger Private Texts with Charlotte Nelson

2. Cold cases are getting colder: Why we must have an ending to the story – Telegraph

December 8th, 2018

1. Final release of evidence in Chris Watts case still doesn’t answer ‘why’ – 9News

Investigators working on the disappearance of a pregnant Frederick woman and her two young daughters amassed a staggering amount of evidence – thousands of pages of documentshundreds of hours of video footage, dozens of recorded interviews.

All of it was used to build a sweeping case against Chris Watts, the 33-year-old man who ultimately pled guilty to killing his wife and kids in a deal brokered by his attorneys to spare him the possibility of facing the death penalty.

But even as much information as it provides, it does not answer the biggest question of all: Why did Watts decide to strangle Shanann Watts, his wife of six years, and smother the couple’s little girls, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3?

‘Bad thoughts were going through my head’: Watts neighbor’s police interview details suspicion, ‘eerie’ feeling – Greeley Tribune

When Watts family neighbor and Shanann Watts’ friend Nickole Atkinson was looking through the Watts home with Frederick police Aug. 13, she said she tried not to touch anything.

It had been hours since Atkinson had sent several unanswered texts to Shanann, since Atkinson had called Shanann’s husband, Christopher Watts, since Atkinson had gone to the doctor to beg them to tell her whether Shanann made it to her scheduled appointment.

Jesus, it’s December and they can’t even get the facts straight that Atkinson was Shan’ann’s friend not her neighbor. Clueless media!

So when she walked into the Watts home with Christopher and police at the very beginning of a missing persons-come murder case, Atkinson said she had an eerie feeling. That’s why she tried not to touch anything.

“Because at that point, bad thoughts were going through my head,” Atkinson told investigators in a newly released audio recording.

“They’re silly little things, but why would he strip the bed before he went to work if Shanann was still sleeping in the bed (as Watts told friends, family and investigators),” Atkinson said.

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It turns out, Atkinson’s eerie feeling was correct. The family wasn’t on a play date; they had been murdered by Watts. Shanann was never around to make the kids beds Aug. 13. And the master bed? Investigators would later find a fitted sheet matching that bedding near the tank battery north of Roggen where Watts had dumped his families’ bodies.

There was more. Atkinson watched a neighbor’s camera footage from early that morning. It was 5:18 a.m., and Watts had backed his truck up into the garage and loaded something into the bed.

“That’s when my mind went bad — really bad,” Atkinson said. “What would he be loading up at 5:18 in the morning? And Shanann yells at him (when he uses the garage) because the garage wakes up the (girls) and the girls’ bedroom is right above the garage.”

In one exchange, Shanann tells her friend Watts wasn’t wearing his wedding ring, and he had changed his phone’s background photo to sand dunes. Unknown to both Shanann and Atkinson was this: Watts had spent time at the sand dunes with his mistress while Shanann was in North Carolina with the girls.

Shanann told Atkinson she would tell Watts to find a place when they got back from North Carolina, and she told him she was going to put the house on the market and takes the kids out of school to save money.

In a series of texts about a week before she would be murdered, Shanann laid out her thoughts on Watts’ posture toward the relationship.

“He’s obviously not in it. He’s not fighting. He’s not in love. He’s checked out.”


Shirtless Chris Watts seen in evidence photos taken just moments before his arrest for murdering his whole family – revealing the giant Metallica tattoo across his back- Daily Mail

Christopher Watts’ girlfriend didn’t see any “red flags” that foreshadowed the future murders – Daily Camera

2. Killer day in court: Rohde hit by triple whammy of setbacks – TimesLive

Susan Rohde’s estate pays R2.9m to defend husband who killed her – TimesLive

Susan Rohde’s estate has paid R2.9m to her husband, Jason, to fund a defence that failed when he was convicted of murdering her.

This was revealed on Wednesday by the administrator of Susan Rohde’s estate, David Anderson, who was giving evidence during Rohde’s sentencing proceedings in the High Court in Cape Town. Rohde is the estate’s beneficiary.

Anderson told Rohde’s advocate, Graham van der Spuy, that there was only R80,000 in cash still available for distribution, and that he would be unable to finalise the estate until Rohde’s criminal proceedings were concluded.

He said Susan’s mother, Diane Holmes, had offered to loan the estate R500,000 so that it could continue to fund the education and maintenance of the couple’s three daughters.

Prosecutor Louis van Niekerk handed Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe confirmation from Stellenbosch University that the Rohdes’ twins, Alexandra and Josie, who have just written their matric exams, had been accepted to study there in 2019.

Anderson said annual expenses for the twins and the Rohdes’ eldest daughter, Katie, were expected to amount to about R250,000 a year.

He told the court that a Liberty Life insurance policy on Susan’s life, which named Rohde as the beneficiary, was expected to pay out R2.6m. When this amount reached the estate the financial pressure it was facing would ease.

Anderson was the first prosecution witness to testify in aggravation of sentence for Rohde, who was convicted on November 8 of murdering Susan at Spier, in Stellenbosch, in July 2016.

Proceedings were delayed when power cuts hit the high court at 10am. The court sitting resumed after 12.30pm. Rohde arrived in court in handcuffs after spending the last four weeks in Pollsmoor prison.

Anderson was followed into the witness box by Dr Naeemah Abrahams of the Medical Research Council. Abrahams is a global expert on femicide, which she described as the killing of women by their intimate partners.

December 7th, 2018

1. Chris Watts Was ‘Cold as Ice’ Before Triple Murders — and What Wife’s Mom Told Her Before She Died – People

Sandra said the estrangement seemed to have been going on for a “few weeks, maybe a month.” Chris acted “just cold as ice,” she said, not replying, not responding.

“I just said, ‘Give him space,’ you know,” Sandra recalled. “But little did we know.”

In the end it wasn’t the best advice, was it?


“I’m not going to blame the kids for a disconnection or anything, but yeah, we focus on the kids like, all the time,” he told an investigator. “And like, as our relationship got longer and longer, I could feel that disconnect.”

Chris then went on to say that he and Shanann didn’t have deep conversations anymore.

Chris Watts transferred to new facility in Wisconsin –

Leading a double life: While appearing as a family man, Chris Watts wrote love letters to another woman before murdering wife, 2 daughters – ABC

2. Jason Rohde’s daughters do not want to lose their father as well, social worker tells court – News24

December 6th, 2018

1. In the video below, Shan’ann Watts’ pants are in the laundry. Watts picks them up and shows them to the K9 officer. Thank you to Sylvester for providing this link.

CNN begins using the proper spelling for Shan’ann Watts. People magazine have been using it for some time now.

How Shan’ann Watts’ Best Friend Helped Stop Chris Watts From Getting Away With Murder – CNN


Ronnie Watts Talks About Shan’ann…

2. Rohde to spend Christmas in Pollsmoor after losing fresh bail bid – News24

Rohde’s tears amid ‘vulnerable’ daughter’s testimony drama – IOL

OVERVIEW: Rohde denied bail, heads back to prison – News24

December 5th, 2018

1. “Chris Watts seemed like a genuine guy” – CNN

Chris Watts’ Mistress Nichol Kessinger 2nd interview (FULL VIDEO)

2. WATCH LIVE: Jason Rohde sentencing

3. Saudi crown prince ‘ordered, monitored’ killing of Khashoggi – CNN


December 4th, 2018

1. Chris Watts transferred from Colorado to an out of state prison, sources say – Denver Channel

Why is there so much secrecy regarding this case?

Four sources confirm to Denver7’s Jace Larson that Chris Watts was transferred from the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, where a new prison inmate goes after conviction, to an undisclosed facility out of state. The Colorado Department of Corrections inmate locator shows Watt’s location as the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, but this is no longer the case.

New Bodycam Video Released.

Police respond to First B&E Call [Daytime, August 17]

Link to Police response to Second B&E Call [Night, September 21]

Chris Watts Watching Neighbors Security Camera Footage

2. Judge grants Maricopa County Attorney’s request to seal documents on prosecutor’s conduct – AZ Central


What is the state Bar investigating?

Earlier this month, the State Bar’s probable cause committee ordered the Bar attorneys to prepare a formal complaint against Martinez. He is alleged to have given false testimony to the Bar and alleged to have revealed the identity of a juror in the second Jodi Arias murder trial, which Martinez prosecuted in 2015.

Dishonesty is a cardinal sin in the legal profession, and if an attorney or a law enforcement officer is found to be untruthful, it casts doubt on all of his or her cases. And jury identities are protected by law. The media is barred from photographing or identifying jurors without their permission.  

Martinez gained national attention and devout fandom from those trials, the first of which was live-streamed in 2013. Arias was convicted of the 2008 murder of her sometime boyfriend, Travis Alexander. But two different juries failed to reach a unanimous verdict on whether to sentence her to death.

3. Mueller may be poised to lift the lid of his investigation – CNN

America may get its most intimate look yet inside Robert Mueller’s secretive Russia investigation in the next four days, with a series of disclosures that have the potential to be greatly damaging for President Donald Trump.

Court filings focusing on Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Tuesday and his ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Friday could offer tantalizing new details of Mueller’s deep dive into the 2016 campaign.

If the special counsel lives up to his reputation, his filings will feature surprising revelations and rich texture to color the picture he has already painted in indictments and witness testimony of a culture of endemic dishonesty in Trump’s orbit about multiple, so far unexplainable, ties with Russians.

He may also begin to add context and answers to some of the intriguing clues he has dropped in a probe that has so far seen three people sentenced, one convicted at trial and seven guilty pleas and has charged 36 people and entities with a total of 192 criminal counts.

With each twist of the investigation, a fascinating trove is building of hints and implied connections, odd coincidences and apparent shady links between key players that is crying out for explanation.

December 3rd, 2018

1. Girlfriend of Christopher Watts talked with officers about fear of publicity, finding a job – Times-Call

How the Chris Watts Lawsuit Treats Confessed Killer Like O.J. Simpson – Westword

Frederick’s Chris Watts became infamous nationwide thanks to sweeping coverage of his arrest and subsequent conviction for killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, three-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella.

But a civil suit filed by Shanann’s parents, Sandra and Frank Rzucek, and brother, Frank Jr., on behalf of her estate seeks to ensure that his name recognition doesn’t turn into cash. The document is accessible below, and its language echoes that of a complaint that the family of another murder victim aimed at arguably the most notorious alleged American killer of the past century.

“It has a lot of similarities to the suit Ron Goldman’s family brought against O.J. Simpson,” notes Tom Grant, a partner in Greeley’s Grant & Hoffman Law Firm, which represents the Rzuceks. “That’s its intent — to make sure Chris Watts is never able to profit from his evil acts.”

I can’t imagine Watts is the type to write books, or have books written about himself. He’s not an actor or a showman to the extent OJ was and is, but that’s not to say he’s not been putting on some kind of act for God knows how long.

Chilling moment a calm and care-free Chris Watts picks up a BREAKFAST roll just after dumping his daughters’ bodies in an oil tank and burying his wife in a shallow grave – Daily Mail

Typical mainstream media. Can’t provide a location or any particularly useful data.

Watts gave mistress cards, love letters in weeks leading up to murders – Greeley Tribune

At the above link, scroll down to the extended version of Watts’ arrest video and processing into jail cell.

2. The astounding Putin-MBS high five – CNN

Reporters have been tweeting out jokes about what the two men must have saying. “You would be happy too if you just got away with murder,” wrote Aaron Blake of The Washington Post, as he offered his caption.

3. Vincent Van Gogh, young and old – Apollo Magazine


December 2nd, 2018


1. Beneath appearance of perfect family, Christopher Watts lied and cheated even as his wife attempted to save their marriage – Denver Post

As concerned messages and calls about his missing wife lit up his phone and the bodies of his daughters sank in Weld County oil tanks less than 100 feet from his truck, Christopher Watts planned his new life as a bachelor.

He called his daughters’ preschool to unenroll them. He exchanged text messages with a real estate agent about selling the family’s large Frederick home, the house that made them seem like any other suburban family. Minutes after speaking with his mother-in-law, who was wondering about Shanann Watts’ well-being, he searched online for coupons to Aspen resorts, phone records released by investigators show.

He looked up the lyrics to a Metallica song, the chorus of which includes: “Pounding out aggression/Turns into obsession/Cannot kill the battery/Cannot kill the family.”

Hours had passed without anyone hearing from Shanann.

“What the heck is going on with you guys that she would totally shut out everything?” a friend texted. “It’s not like her.”

Watts tried to allay everyone’s fears. He asked them not to call police.

In the days before he murdered his wife and 2 kids, Chris Watts was Googling the price of an Audi and ‘marrying your mistress’ – Insider

Cellphone data obtained in the investigation into Colorado murderer Chris Watts show he was looking up ways to marry his mistress and the lyrics to love songs in the days before he killed his pregnant wife and their two kids in August.

The data was included in a batch of nearly 2,000 documents obtained by the Daily Mail in a Freedom of Information Act request this week.

The cellphone data showed Watts striking up a romantic relationship with a woman he met at work, Nichol Kessinger. He entered her phone number into his phone on June 14, and they started dating while his wife, Shanann Watts, and daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were away for most of the summer visiting family in North Carolina.

Chris Watts’ phone data showed that he had his first phone call with Kessinger on July 7, and a week later they visited a Mustang museum together. Four days later, Kessinger started sending him seminude photos of herself, according to the data obtained by the Mail.

That same day, a worried Shanann Watts sent a slew of texts to her husband saying she had realized “what’s missing in our relationship!” and accusing him of not reciprocating her feelings and effort. The following morning, Chris Watts made several Google searches between 8:41 a.m. and 12:07 p.m., including, “When to say I love you,” “When to say I love you for the first time in a new relationship,” “What do you feel when someone tells you they love you,” and, “How does it feel when someone says I love you.”

During an interview with The Denver Post earlier this month, Kessinger said that she started dating Watts at the end of June and that he told her he was in the final stages of his divorce. She said she didn’t know that he was expecting his third child with his wife.

On July 28, investigators wrote in documents that Watts and Kessinger traveled together to spend a night at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Two days later, Watts started looking up “love letters” and lyrics to love songs.

The next day, Watts flew to North Carolina for the final week of his family’s vacation.

On August 4, while Watts was away, Kessinger spent two hours looking for wedding dresses on Google.

On August 8, a day after the family returned from North Carolina, Watts searched Google for topics related to “marrying your mistress.” Meanwhile, Shanann Watts had started confiding in her friends that her husband had become distant and they were having issues.

In the five final days of her life, Shanann Watts Googled couples counselors in her area and bought relationship self-help books online, according to the documents.

Read more: Text messages and phone records show pregnant Colorado woman murdered by her husband told friends before her death that he had ‘changed’ and didn’t want another baby

Meanwhile, on August 9, four days before he killed his wife and kids, Chris Watts looked up the price of an Audi Q7. That day, his wife left for a quick business trip to Arizona. The following day, he spent the morning arranging a babysitter to look after his girls so he could attend a Colorado Rockies game the next day. In reality, he went out on a date with Kessinger.

2. A Masterpiece Stolen From Auction House Walls – Mutual Art

December 1st, 2018

1. BREAKING: Crime Scene Footage CERVI 319 #TCRS

BREAKING: First Crime Scene Footage INSIDE #2825 Saratoga Trail [UPDATED] #TCRS

Audio, video recordings reveal first contact with Christopher Watts, investigative process – Greeley Tribune

‘Heartless Monster’ Chris Watts Googled: ‘When to Say I Love You When Starting a New Relationship’ – People

Weeks before he killed his wife and two daughters amidst an affair he was having with a co-worker, Chris Watts typed into Google, “When to say I love you for the first time in a new relationship.”

On that same day of July 25, less than three weeks before the Aug. 13 murders, Watts Googled, “What do you feel when someone tells you they love you” and “How does it feel when someone says I love you.”

During this period, Shanann desperately tried to salvage the couple’s crumbling marriage, prosecutors have said, citing pleading text messages and self-help books she got for her husband, including one he threw in the garbage.

Chris Watts: Last photos of pregnant wife and daughters before dad murdered them – The Mirror

How Chris Watts’ family’s ‘decomposing’ bodies were found revealed in harrowing new report – The Mirror

2.. Madeleine McCann’s parents fail in bid to revive Leveson inquiry – Guardian

Four individuals brought the legal challenge to this decision, with the support of the campaign group Hacked Off. The four were phone-hacking victim and former Crimewatch presenter Jacqui Hames, the Bristol schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies, who was wrongly accused of murder, and Gerry and Kate McCann – the parents of missing child Madeleine McCann.

At a hearing earlier this month, the four argued that in November 2012 the former prime minister David Cameron made a “clear and unambiguous commitment” that the second part of the inquiry would go ahead. Their lawyers said that commitment, made at a meeting with Jefferies, Mrs McCann and Hames, meant they had a “legitimate expectation” it would proceed.

But Lord Justice Davis said Cameron made “no such promise” in the meeting and that it was unacceptable that the case was based on a covert recording of the discussion, despite participants having agreed that what was said in the meeting would remain confidential.

The judge said he had a great deal of sympathy for the claimants but that sympathy could not override the law and the legal case failed “at almost every level”.

November 30th, 2018

1. Full video: Chris Watts tells father and investigators about deaths of his wife and daughters

At 1:07:17 Watts is asked if one of his co-workers should go out and retrieve the bodies of his children from where he dumped them in two large fracking tanks. He answers, despairingly, “No, no, no, oh God, no…I can’t have that.” [Sobs].

Christopher Watts’ girlfriend didn’t see any “red flags” that foreshadowed the future murders – Times-Call


2. A photograph believed for more than 50 years to have been a portrait of a 13-year-old Vincent van Gogh is actually one of his brother Theo, aged 15. – the Guardian

See – not everything we know about the world’s most famous artist is true. And this is just the beginning.

November 29th, 2018

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1. Second Major Tranche of Video/Photos Download Link [Servers currently down].

Video of Chris Watts’ confession to his father released:

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Shanann Watts` parents file wrongful death lawsuit against Christopher Watts

Prosecutors release more videos, documents in Chris Watts murder case – Denver Channel

A total of 66 video files were released on Thursday, including the video of Watts loading his truck. See below.

Chris Watts FaceTimed His Mistress After Killing Wife and Daughters — and Seemed ‘Fixated’ on Her – People

Revealed: Killer dad Chris Watts played out ‘rape fantasy’ with woman he met on Tinder who says she was forced to fight him off after he tried an unwelcome sex act after Chik-fil-A date – Daily Mail

Audio of Nichol Kessinger August 16 Interview with the Cops



3. Willem Dafoe on Becoming Vincent  Van  Gogh: “You Want a Living Painting, Not a Museum Piece” – Hollywood Reporter

When preparing to play van Gogh, what research did you do?

I read biographies, of course. I had seen Lust for Life and the [Robert] Altman film [Vincent & Theo] years ago. But when you make something, you really want to forget those things. You can’t copy them. It’s the idea that to express what a work of art is you have to make another thing. There are parallels to what you learn in painting: It’s not about likeness.

Did anything you learned about him surprise you?

How steeped he was in a spiritual quest, which is usually short-handed as a kind of madness. He tried to be a man of God early in his life, so that was surprising to what extent he was always having a dialogue with his God through nature. For someone that was so socially awkward and had so much trouble communicating with people on a social level and famously had trouble with women, had trouble with physicality, intimacy, he was a very compassionate person. He felt distance from people, but he loved the soul of the worker. He talks much about how you have to live like a peasant to paint peasants.

What do you hope van Gogh would think of the movie?

I can’t even think about that. Who knows?

November 28th, 2018

1. Chris Watts’ Mistress Googled ‘Did People Hate Amber Frey?’ — Referencing Scott Peterson’s Lover – People

Kessinger also wanted to know about the book deal Amber Frey got, and how much money she made.

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2. About 137 women killed by someone they knew every day in 2017: UN report

3. Officials release video from gender reveal party that ignited a 47,000-acre wildfire – CNN

November 27th, 2018

1. Chris Watts’ 2nd Face: New Mugshot Released

Chris Watts’ tender last act towards kids revealed before he slaughtered them – The Mirror

Huge 3 terabyte tranche of photos, video on Watts case to be released in days.

2. Why Do Filmmakers Love van Gogh? – The New Yorker

November 26th, 2018

1. Casey Anthony’s father seriously injured in crash, authorities say – ajc

George Anthony seriously injured in I-4 crash, FHP says – wftv

2. Police re-examine theory Madeleine McCann wandered out of hotel to look for parents – nzherald

3. Rohde’s daughters fearing for their own future – report – TimesLive

4. ‘Making a Murderer’ Star Brendan Dassey’s Brother Thinks Barb Tadych ‘Knows More Than She’s Telling’ – The Blast

Something very wrong with those words: Making a Murderer Star…

November 25th, 2018

1. Text messages reveal weeks before Colorado man murdered pregnant wife, daughters – wsbtv

Chris Watts case: Text messages reveal days before Colorado mom, daughters found dead – ajc

Shanann Watts’ texts reveal crumbling marriage – kdvr

Chris Watts’ wife had been planning a romantic getaway to try and save her marriage before she was murdered – Daily Mail


The report then printed the entirety of the words to the Master of Puppets track, which begins, “Lashing out the action / Returning the reaction / Weak are ripped and torn away / Hypnotizing power / Crushing all that cower / Battery is here to stay / Smashing through the boundaries / Lunacy has found me / Cannot stop the battery / Pounding out aggression / Turns into obsession.”

Watts, 33, strangled Shanann Watts, 34, and smothered their daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste before sunrise in their home in Frederick, Colo. He then disposed of the bodies at the oil and gas company where he worked.

Note: in the oil and gas industry a “battery” refers to an installation of identical or nearly identical pieces of equipment (such as a tank battery or a battery of meters).

2. OJ Simpson is spotted spending Thanksgiving on the Florida beach – Daily Mail

The Nevada Department of Corrections granted OJ an out of state travel permit for November 17 to 24, which means he’ll have to return to Nevada by Sunday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

“While in Florida, Mr. Simpson is required to adhere to his parole conditions and remain in contact with his parole officer in Nevada,” Florida Department of Corrections spokesman Patrick Manderfield told the newspaper.

 Among the conditions of Simpson’s parole are that he not drink alcohol “to excess,” he said. However, that didn’t to stop Simpson from drinking what appeared to be a tropical cocktail garnished with a lime and strawberry while strolling on the beach Friday. 

Dressed casually in athletic gear and a sun visor, OJ dined with his children and others in the group on a busy outdoor terrace overlooking a marina.

November 24th, 2018

1. Chris Watts took daughters to a party, fed them pizza and tucked them into bed before murdering them and their mum – The Sun

Perfect illusion: How young mum’s Instagram fairytale turned deadly –

Chris Watts ‘Giggled’ as Agents Pushed for a Murder Confession — and Failed a Polygraph Test – People

Chris Watts confessed to dumping bodies in a ‘freakin’ oil tank’ – New York Post

The Colorado man who butchered his pregnant wife and two toddler daughters told police he was “not a good man” as he confessed to coldly dumping their bodies in a “freakin’ oil tank,” according to documents released this week.

Notes from interviews released Wednesday by the Weld County District Attorney’s Office show how investigators got Christopher Watts, who was sentenced to life in prison last week for the heinous killings, to confess after he failed a polygraph test.

For two days, Watts, 33, maintained that he had no clue what happened to his wife Shanann, 34, and their two daughters, after they went missing on Aug. 13.

He told investigators he missed reading to Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, and that it was difficult to be at home without them, the documents, posted by The Denver Post show.

When the interviewer, at one point, asked Watts to describe all the ways a person could make someone disappear, the Watts gave a short answer — and then giggled.

In a polygraph test, Watts didn’t tell the truth each time he answered “no” to whether he physically caused his wife to disappear, if he was lying about the last time he saw her, and whether he knew where Shanann was.

Later, Watts admitted he was having an affair with a woman named Nichol Kessinger, the documents show. Investigators told him to be honest and “get everything off his chest.” That’s when Watts asked to speak to his father, Ronnie Watts, who was in the police department lobby.

How police got Christopher Watts to confess to killing his wife after he failed a polygraph – Denver Post 

Christopher Watts failed a polygraph test before investigators were able to pressure him into confessing that he killed his pregnant wife and hid her body, as well as those of his two young daughters.

“She hurt them…And then I… hurt her.”

‘He has changed:’ Texts show the relationship between Chris Watts and wife before he killed his family – wgntv


2. ‘He’s holding up well,’ says Rohde’s lawyer as daughters prepare to plead for leniency – TimesLive

#JasonRohde: Report reveals children’s heartbreak – Weekend Argus

Jason Rohde won’t testify for lesser sentence, but his daughters might – News24


Rohde’s pleas to see wife’s diary ‘ignored by state’ – TimesLive

3. Internal documents Facebook has fought to keep private obtained by UK Parliament – CNN

November 22nd, 2018

1. Discovery Documents [REDACTED] 1960 Pages

First picture of Chris Watts and Nichol Kessinger together emerges.

0_Nichol-Kessinger-with-Chris-WattsLengthy documents detail marital problems, affair in Chris Watts murder case – 9News

Chris Watts case: Over 2,000 pages of documents released in Frederick murder case – Denver Channel

DA Releases 2,000+ Pages In Chris Watts Murder Case, Revealing Texts With Wife – CBS Local

fullscreen-capture-20180818-111856-0011Hold up, is that a SCRATCH on Chris Watts’ neck?




  1. I remember when this little Madeleine girl disappeared. I didn’t follow the story and haven’t read anything about it and I know less than 1/8 about what happened but when the reporter asked the McCanns “did you murder your daughter” why did the mother immediately look at the father as if to see what the answer is? Or should be? That looked like she was looking to him for the answer. I’ve done that myself when asked a question and I wasn’t quite sure what I should say, I would look at whomever I was sure knew the answer. Interesting

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    • Karen the unsolved McCann case is Britain’s version of the JonBenet Ramsey story. In my opinion it’s even crazier, because after eleven years and over £11 million pounds spent on searching for her, she’s considered the most expensive missing person case in history.

      The McCanns maintain their daughter is still alive out there – think of it as the kidnapping phase of the Ramsey case multiplied over years, and now the years are hitting double digits, but there’s still hope! The search continues! Oh and no Ransom Note.

      The Daily Telegraph in 2008 described the search for Madeleine as the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history.And yet cadaver dogs picked up cadaver traces inside the McCanns’ Ocean Club apartment – in the cupboard of the bedroom, behind the couch in the living room, in the garden under the balcony, in the trunk of the rental they hired a few weeks after the incident, on the key of the rental, on Madeleine’s cuddly cat [a favorite toy], inside the villa they hired and on certain items of Kate McCann’s clothing.

      If you’re interested in the Rocket Science analysis of this case, consider reading the DOUBT trilogy.

      When DOUBT was published in 2017, on the 10 year anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance, DOUBT was a #2 bestseller on’s overall True Crime category, edging out the McCann’s book throughout this critical period.

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      • As soon as I read the 3rd book of the Watts case I’ll read this. I couldn’t decide from the Anthony case or this but I’ll read this one. Thanks so much

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  2. I’m sure you already know this but I don’t see it posted here. Chris Watt’s court appearance has been moved up from Nov 19 to next Tuesday Nov 6. Interesting how his appearance is now scheduled for Election Day. Is someone hoping there will be less media coverage/interest due to all the coverage on the election?

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      • So far I’m rather disappointed in the presentation of the State’s heads. I feel VN placed too much focus on certain aspects and far too little on other (far more damning) points. Perhaps Judge Salie-Hlope’s constant interjection threw him off his game… I feel his overall argument lacked certainty and left far too much ambiguity (if that makes sense). How I wish our “learned friends” would put more effort into their delivery. I did enjoy reading your tweets and additional observations… It allows readers to see the bigger picture – the human picture.

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    • I think the Judge was also not happy. It’s a difficult horse to ride though, deliver quickly and succinctly but make time for being interrupted often…


  3. With so many major cases being ‘wrapped up’ this week (Watts, Rohde, Hannah Cornelius) I decided I needed something for the weekend. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into DOUBT. I’ve had so many opinions in the last 10+ years… time to see if they bear any weight.

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  4. Weld District Attorney’s Office says it will release autopsy reports in Watts case after sentencing
    The Weld District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday confirmed it will release the autopsy reports for Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts following a scheduled sentencing hearing for Christopher Watts, Shanann’s husband and father of the two girls, who has pleaded guilty to killing all three.

    The sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19 and follows a Tuesday guilty plea entered by Watts in exchange for the death penalty being taken off the table in the case.


  5. Am I the only one here that thinks this has all been wrapped up so quickly is because Chris told his lawyers the truth and they went to the prosecutor with a deal (twice) and that’s why Chris just rolled over? I feel like I’m the only one who thinks he isn’t getting a trial because he doesn’t want one and just wants this to be done


    • Yea, I think he didn’t want all the info to come out, the fact that the neighbors camera never showed shanann ever leaving the house was all they needed. His truck was the only vehicle seen. Karma for him is it came out anyways in discovery being released. That interview with his parents when they were asked what happened to that boy they were describing and they replied he met shanann. So are they going to say now he changed cause he met Nichole? Who raised him that he could not seem to stand up for himself? His mother, she’s narcissistic and controlling as well


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