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March 18th, 2019

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1. Netflix’s ‘The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann’ Backs Sex-Trafficking Ring Theory – The Daily Beast

A highly anticipated eight-part docuseries on the disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann is gripping if you don’t know the story and a disappointment if you do. Somebody knows exactly what happened to Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old Briton who disappeared without a trace from her bed in a holiday resort on a family vacation with friends in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007. But it clearly isn’t the makers of the new Netflix series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann.


Madeleine McCann’s parents are ‘furious’ after retired detective repeats claim in new Netflix series that they put toddler’s life at risk by publicising her distinctive eye mark -Daily Mail

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2. When true crime films prove to be guilty themselves – The Guardian

Unfortunately the writer of this piece cops out on his own premise. There are many bogus documentaries out their claiming to represent the premise of true crime, among them Making A Murderer [both seasons], the Paradise Lost trilogy, and virtually all coverage of the McCanns and the Ramseys, especially coverage in which they voluntarily participate.

3. Police detective testifies in Packham murder trial

March 17th, 2019

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1. Madeleine McCann ALIVE after being abducted by traffickers, Netflix documentary claims – The Sun

Top Brit cop initially suspected Madeleine McCann’s dad over her disappearance and ‘tried to get him to confess’, new documentary reveals – The Sun

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Missing Madeleine McCann: Gerry McCann is now a professor at the University of Leicester – The National Student

Praia Da Luz, Portuguese Beach Where Madeleine McCann Vanished, Remains Popular With British Tourists – Oxygen

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2. Tortured or Genius: Is Mental Health and Creativity Co-related? – youthincmag

The culture around The Tortured Genius represents that the more mentally ill the artist, the more brilliant his work. The first person that comes to mind is apparently none other than Vincent Van Gogh. His severed ear is part of popular culture parlance. When the gifted artist wasn’t having psychotic episodes or cutting a part of his ear off, he painted exquisite paintings as he transferred his inner anguish on his canvas. Others like Kurt Cobain, Sylvia Plath, Franz Kafka, etc. had similar fates. Their professional lives flourished as they battled mental illness. But the question remains. Is the idea of the Tortured Genius a myth or a reality?

March 16th, 2019

1. Chris Watts Cannot Remember Bella’s Last Words

From the archives:

Oil and gas industry building giant walls to try to ease impact [Summer 2014] – Times-Call

Made of earthen-color fabric on steel frames up to 32 feet high and 800 feet long, the walls shield industrial machinery from a high school and wetlands greenbelt in Greeley, prairie homes in Windsor, and kids riding bikes and skateboards in Mead.

It is the latest innovation for companies equipped with horizontal drilling technology that are trying to solve a puzzle: how to extract more fossil fuels from under where people are living and minimize impact.

The walls help companies meet Colorado’s noise limits (55-80 decibels during the day and 50-75 at night, and measured 350 feet from the source). Walls also are being considered for wildlife habitat where proposed drilling threatens mating of sage grouse. Previously, oil and gas companies tried to ease impact of industrial operations near people by stacking hay bales and shipping containers around engines. Beyond cutting noise by 20 to 30 decibels, the fabric walls partially block the glare of floodlights and dust clouds during companies’ multimonth period of drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

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2. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann review – a moral failure – The Guardian

It was a simple retelling – in what felt almost like real time, so leadenly was it done – of the story of the three-year-old’s disappearance from the holiday resort of Praia da Luz one terrible night in May 2007. It was a blatant cash-in on the vogue for the true-crime series that have become a staple of Netflix’s output since the success of Making a Murderer a few years ago, but without any of the justifications previous works in the genre have provided. It was not the disinterment of a forgotten case, it was not the re-examination of a suspected miscarriage of justice. It offered no new facts, no new insight. It didn’t even have a point of view.

Instead, it was purely a rehashing of everything anyone who was alive at the time, or who has been of an age to understand the periodic appeals on anniversaries, birthdays and other painful dates by the McCanns for more information in the 12 years that have elapsed since, already knew…

3. Michael Jackson’s maid reveals sordid Neverland secrets

4. Vincent van Gogh: 8 things you didn’t know about the painter – Vogue

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5. Amanda Knox Guilty Again

March 15th, 2019

1. Chris Watts’ in-laws ‘not allowed to see grandkids’ bodies in case of explosion’ – The Mirror

2. New Zealand mosque shootings: everything we know so far about the Christchurch attacks – Telegraph

Four people are in custody after 49 people were killed and 20 more were seriously injured in shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

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3. Haunting last footage of Madeleine McCann boarding a plane to Portugal with her family days before her disappearance is unearthed in new Netflix documentary – Daily Mail

Madeleine McCann cops released sketch of ‘egg with side parting’ days after disappearance – Metro

Here’s Why Kate and Gerry McCann Don’t Want Netflix’s Upcoming Documentary On Madeleine – Grazia


I’m not going to speculate on the accuracy or otherwise of the two men’s stories. But, true or not, they raise important issues…

5. Burke Ramsey compilation of all police Interviews available

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March 14th, 2019

1. Killer dad Chris Watts is on suicide watch and being checked on ‘every 15 minutes’ after claiming that fellow inmates are screaming at him to take his own life for murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters – Daily Mail

2. New Netflix documentary claims Maddie McCann might ‘still be alive’ and was abducted by human traffickers – New24

3. ‘The Impossible Dream’ Documentary Goes Behind the Canvas of ‘Loving Vincent’ – AnimationMagazine

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4. Get your tickets folks, another circus act coming to town.

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5. Michael Jackson ‘innocent’ adverts to be removed from London buses – CNN


March 13th, 2019

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1. CHRIS WATTS – thoughts on 2/18 jailhouse interview PART 2 + 3

2. MADDIE FAILED Madeleine McCann – Hero cop who caught Levi Bellfield blasts Portuguese cops for not staging reconstruction of the night she vanished – The Sun

Portuguese asked the group to return to the scene to run through their movements on the night of May 3, 2007. But negotiations with the witnesses allegedly stalled because of disagreements over how it would be managed by investigators.

The reconstruction had been planned for May 2008, six months after Kate and Gerry had been declared arguidos, or official suspects. Their friends raised concerns over the arguido status in emails to police.

They were also said to fear a media frenzy if they flew back to the resort, and questioned the purpose of the re-enactment. One member of the group proposed the police use actors instead, but Portuguese detectives refused.

Police were said to be frustrated the reconstruction did not happen. They shelved the investigation in August 2008 and the McCanns’ arguido status was lifted.

March 12th, 2019

1. Shanann Watts’ family on Chris Watts’ confession: ‘I think it’s eating him up’ – Fox6ANow

‘Work Of The Devil’: Shanann Watts’ Family Talks To Dr. Phil About Murders – CBSDenver

Inside The Confusing, Obsessive World Of Amateur True Crime Facebook Sleuths – Refinery29

Shan’ann Watts Family Blame Murders on Chris’ Affair

‘I Think The Hardest Part Is Knowing Our Granddaughter Watched Her Sister Die,’ Says Mother-In-Law…

Life-After-Death: Did Spirits Of Shan’ann Watts And Her Daughters Visit Mom After Their Murders?

‘Work Of The Devil’: Shanann Watts’ Family Talks To Dr. Phil About Murders – CBSDenver

“Why do you think he’s telling the truth now?” asked host Phil McGraw.

Rzucek said he believed Watts spoke honestly about the killings because “I think it’s eating him up. I think he was more than glad to talk to somebody for five hours, sitting in a box 24/7,” said Rzucek, who was the children’s godfather. “We loved him like a son and Frankie loved him like a brother,” Sandy Rzucek said. “I just don’t understand.”

Shanann Watts’ family on Chris Watts’ confession: ‘I think it’s eating him up’ – Fox6Now


2. PICTURED: Patrick Frazee picks up supplies just before Kelsey Berreth was beaten to death as it is revealed he contacted THIRD woman after murder – who lives 10 miles from the last location of missing mom’s cell – Daily Mail

Patrick Frazee is pictured checking out baby supplies and formula at a WalMart on Thanksgiving Day in documents from his murder case that were obtained by A still from the store’s surveillance system shows Frazee pushing a carriage with a baby seat which is believed to hold his daughter Kaylee just after 1pm.

It was minutes after this that Frazee was seen with a crate in his truck heading back to Berreth’s house, despite telling investigators he went straight home after his fiancee handed over their daughter earlier that afternoon. A neighbor’s surveillance video shows that Frazee was inside the residence for two hours before leaving, during which time authorities now believe he murdered Berreth by bludgeoning her with a bat.

On his way out of the home, Frazee called both his mistress Krystal Jean Kenney and his mother Sheila Frazee, though they were not the only two women the accused killer spoke to over the next few days. Court documents show that Frazee was also in contact with a third woman from Idaho. The relationship between Frazee and that woman is unclear, and she is not a suspect and never been identified as a person of interest in the case.

She was however just a few miles away from where Berreth’s phone pinged in Idaho on November 25, and contacted Frazee at the exact time the missing mother’s cellular was registered by a nearby tower. The woman, 39, has also been employed in the medical field, so there is a chance she may have been a friend of Frazee’s mistress, Kenney.

Search warrants released in Kelsey Berreth murder case – The Gazette

3. THE LAST SIGHTING: Madeleine McCann abductor walked right past Irish family carrying the missing girl minutes after snatching her, US expert says – The Sun

Family walked right past culprit carrying Madeleine McCann, US profiler believes – 9News

Madeleine McCann ‘suspect seen carrying small girl’ is key to solving case, expert says – The Mirror

4. William H. Macy Called His Marriage to Felicity Huffman a ‘Fairytale’ Before Her Indictment – People

March 11th, 2019


1. TCRS blows by 2 million page impressions five months after launching in mid-October 2018. Thank you to all the regular visitors, commenters and readers in the TCRS community. 

2. Exclusive: Grieving Parents React To Chris Watts Confession – Dr. Phil

Father Of Murder Victim Shan’ann Watts Reveals What He’d Say To Son-In-Law, Chris, If Given The Chance – Dr. Phil

“Knowing what you now know, what would you say to him?” asks Dr. Phil of the grieving family. 

“The same question I’ve had – Why?” responds Frank Sr. adding, “There’s nothing that I can imagine why you would do that to your family. You want another life? Go. Open the door and leave.” 

“He could have just gotten a divorce,” says Sandy. Calling her daughter and granddaughters’ deaths “inhumane” she says, “I think the hardest thing for me right now is the way they died.” 

‘I Think The Hardest Part Is Knowing Our Granddaughter Watched Her Sister Die,’ Says Mother-In-Law To Confessed Killer Chris Watts – Dr. Phil

“I think the hardest part is knowing our granddaughter watched her sister die and then begged for her life,” says Shan’ann’s mother, Sandy Rzucek, reacting to what the family has been told about her son-in-law’s description of the last words spoken to him by Bella. 

Life-After-Death: Did Spirits Of Shan’ann Watts And Her Daughters Visit Mom After Their Murders? – Dr. Phil

“I felt my daughter’s spirit, the moment she died,” says Shan’ann’s mother, Sandy Rzucek, who lives in North Carolina. She describes waking up everyone in her house the morning her daughter and grandchildren were killed to tell family members that she felt something was wrong with Shan’ann.

“We didn’t even know she was missing yet,” says Shan’ann’s brother, Frankie, confirming his mother’s account.

After authorities found her daughter’s body, a few days after her and the girls’ disappearance, Sandy says she felt Shan’ann’s presence in her home. “I felt her, and I heard her say, ‘I love you, Mommy, and I’m sorry.’” 

Sandy claims she received another visitation from Shan’ann and her children after Celeste and Bella’s bodies were recovered.

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Chris Watts Would Like To Tell Former Mistress Nichol Kessinger He’s Sorry – Oxygen

Chris Watts Says He Contemplated Suicide After Murdering His Wife And Two Daughters – Oxygen

Chris Watts Says He Keeps Photo Of His Dead Wife And Kids In His Prison Cell – Oxygen

‘It Was Just Nichol’: Chris Watts Denies Having Gay Affair And ‘Rape Fantasy’ Tryst – Oxygen

Chris Watts Says He Didn’t Sleep ‘More Than Three Hours A Night’ While Using Thrive Patches – Oxygen

‘She Didn’t Fight. I Don’t Know Why’: Chris Watts Describes The Moments He Choked The Life Out Of Wife Shanann – Oxygen

Chris Watts Says He Got Idea To Blame Girls’ Murders On Shanann From Investigators – Oxygen

Shanann’s Brother Hopes New Chris Watts Confession Is ‘Gonna Shut Up All The People Who Still Say That Shanann Did It’– Oxygen

The Reason for Chris Watts Prison Confession

Chris Watts pinned murder of children on wife ‘because his mum never liked her’ – The Mirror

Chris Watts reveals his distraught dad developed a ‘cocaine’ addiction after he wed Shanann and says both parents urged him to the fight murder charges with a spousal-abuse defense – Daily Mail

3. I’m shocked by those who still won’t accept Michael Jackson as abuser – The Guardian

716,000 Kiwis tune in during Michael Jackson documentary, not everyone could stomach it – stuff

4. The astonishing life of Johan van Gogh: Vincent’s great-nephew dies aged 96 – The Art Newspaper


March 10th, 2019

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1. Chris Watts drove 45 minutes with dead wife and daughters before killing girls, family lawyer says – USAToday


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2. Kelsey Berreth’s fiancée, Patrick Frazee, is a ‘monster,’ ex-girlfriend says – NBC

“He had no empathy for life,” Curie said about Frazee, in an exclusive interview with NBC’s “Dateline.” Curie said she and Frazee started dating in 2010.

“I was attracted to his sharp wit and he had a very explorative mind. He contemplated everything. And he was excellent at reading people,” Curie told “Dateline” correspondent Andrea Canning. But, four months into their relationship, Curie said Frazee started playing mind games on her.

“He began not calling me for days, and then calling me in the middle of the night telling me he had visions of me in a wedding dress. And we’d talk and argue for hours. And we’d end up winding right back into each other.”

The emotional abuse, as she described it, went on for a year. She said Frazee would put her on a pedestal, then tear her down. But, she said, she continued to be drawn to him. As their relationship continued, Curie said she observed Frazee, a rancher and popular farrier, hit his dogs.

“Dateline” interviewed a man who knew another side of Frazee. Clint Cline said Frazee worked with his donkeys, and describes him as a “nice guy, very conscientious about his work, very concerned about the health and well-being of our animals, very great with his daughter.”

Curie and Frazee’s on-again, off-again relationship ended in 2014, when Curie said she came across the definition of a psychopath online. “He fit the bill to a T. And that’s when I left him.”

Vanishing of Kelsey Berreth – NBC

March 9th, 2019


1. ‘It’s worse than we ever thought’: Shanann Watts’ family react to Chris Watts’ disturbing confession as to how he killed her and their children – with one of his daughters screaming ‘Daddy, no!’ – Daily Mail

In an interview with Dr. Phil that will air on Monday, Sandra and Frank Rzucek were joined by their son to share their grief over the deaths of their daughter, her two children Bella and Cece, and her unborn son.

How could a man like Chris Watts so callously slaughter his entire family? – Fox News

Chris’ recent chilling “confession” gives us even more insight into his perverted mind. He shared the tale of heartlessly killing Shanann after making love to her, then telling her he didn’t love her and wanted to leave her before finally strangling her to death. He claims she didn’t even struggle and said It was like Shanann was praying, thinking of scripture and forgave him for doing it.

He also described being overtaken by an outside power that got him to compulsively kill his family; he retells the moment as if he was powerless over his impulses to overcome this heinous crime.

Chris Watts may not have been able to find his relevance in the real world, but seems to have found it in prison. In prison, Chris feels like an important man; the man he always thought he should be. He gets fan mail and love letters. His newly revealed confessions, after “finding God” are making him even more of a global star, albeit a notorious one. He is making his mark on history, so he thinks. His egotistical plan and sick need for distinction and recognition are finally being met. Criminality led to his celebrity.

2. Netflix documentary on Madeleine McCann ‘could hinder search’, say parents -PerthNow

Madeleine McCann’s parents have slammed a new Netflix movie about their daughter’s kidnap fearing it could hinder the painstaking police search for her.

According to The Sun, Kate and Gerry McCann have revealed they had been asked to take part in the documentary but “want nothing to do with it”.

Oscar-winning Netflix boasts the documentary has “riveting” new interviews with key investigators as the 12th anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance approaches.

The streaming giant is set to release more details and the launch date of the movie The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the coming weeks.

March 8th, 2019

1. Colorado District Attorney: Chris Watts’ recent murder confession mostly ‘truthful, credible’ – Coloradoan

Rourke told the Coloradoan on Thursday he was surprised to hear how forthcoming Watts was when investigators from the FBI, Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Frederick Police Department unexpectedly came to the Wisconsin prison and asked to speak with him Feb. 18. 

Throughout their investigation and prosecution of this case, Rourke said they tried to figure out what happened, but he told the Coloradoan that “reality turns out to be much worse than anything any of us surmised from the evidence we had … about the worst you could imagine.”

After Watts was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison, Rourke said he doubted Watts would ever give an honest account of the killings. But on Thursday, Rourke said he believes Watts’ recent confession to investigators is a “truthful, credible account” of the killings.


“I’m assuming what he is telling is truthful,” Rourke said, adding that the skilled investigators who interviewed Watts also believe he was honest in his most recent confession. “I don’t think that everything that came out of his mouth during those interviews was the truth because I honestly don’t believe that this monster has the ability to have remorse at all.”

Rourke said some pieces of evidence match Watts’ most recent confession, including footage from a neighbor’s security camera that shows another shadow aside from Watts’ by his truck when he was loading Shanann’s body into the back seat. 

In the video released by the Weld County District Attorney’s Office, Watts is seen standing by his work truck when another shadow appears to be moving toward him, and Watts leans down to pick something up, likely one of the girls.

That video “would be consistent with his statements that the girls were alive when they left the house and walked out to the truck,” Rourke said. 

Watts Interview 02.18.19_Redacted


Chris Watts Describes Killing His Wife and Daughters in Chilling Confession – New York Times

Audio of Chris Watts’ murder confession released – CNN

Chris Watts says he didn’t want anyone lying for him after he killed his wife and daughters – CNN

Chris Watts’ Interview Could Prove Valuable To Investigators – CBS


CBI: Christopher Watts provided additional information on murder of wife, children – Times-Call

In prison interview, Chris Watts tells FBI, police about murders of pregnant wife, daughters – ktnv

‘Daddy, No!’: Chris Watts Hears Daughter’s Haunting Last Words ‘Every Day’ in Prison – People


2. Rohde’s former mistress apologises to NPA for slanderous comments – iol

3. An intimate brush with Van Gogh – Strait Times

NOTE: I will be doing an analysis of the film At Eternity’s Gate, and explain how my research challenges the popular myth of the great artist.

4. Truck hits utility worker repairing traffic light – CNN

March 7th, 2019

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1. BREAKING: CBI releases records from Chris Watts’ Feb. 18 post-conviction confession at Wisconsin prison – Greeley Tribune

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation released this morning records pertaining to Chris Watts’ Feb. 18 confession to law enforcement about how and why he killed his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two daughters, Bella and Celeste.

The records released at 8 a.m. include two audio files documenting Watts’ five-hour long interview with CBI, FBI and Frederick police, two images of Watts, a 37-page CBI report, and a letter from Colorado Department of Public Safety Executive Director Stan Hilkey.

The Tribune has accessed the records and reporters are reviewing them.

One of the commenters on TCRS has established when and how the next [and probably final] tranche of audio and reports related to Chris Watts’ Second Confession will be released by Weld County.  Thanks Sylvester.Fullscreen capture 20190307 103921What Drives a Man to Kill His Own Family? Inside the Psychology of Family Annihilators – Rolling Stone

Chris Watts’ daughter knew her mother and sister were dead. She pleaded for her life, attorney says – CNN

REVEALED: Chris Watts agreed to provide details about murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters after the convicted killer discovered God in prison – Daily Mail

2. Leaving Neverland review – astonishing accounts of Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse – The Guardian

Michael Jackson estate launches PR blitz as documentary airs in UK – The Guardian

Michael Jackson’s estate is engaged in a campaign of adverts, lawsuits and interviews in an attempt to salvage his image after the screening of Channel 4’s documentary Leaving Neverland, which details years of alleged grooming and child abuse.

Jackson’s estate – which has made $2.1bn (£1.6bn) since his death in 2009 and is run by John McClain, a co-executor with Jackson’s former lawyer John Branca – originally tried to block the release of the documentary by contacting Channel 4 and issuing a $100m lawsuit against HBO, which broadcast Dan Reed’s film last weekend in the US.

The estate said the documentary, which premiered at Sundance in January, is “the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death”, and added that “the film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact”.

Eamonn Forde, a music industry expert, said the estate was engaged in an unprecedented containment and damage-limitation exercise to attempt to preserve the most lucrative posthumous fortune in the history of music.

“This is a new era for artist estate management, because this is about containment rather than maximising the profile of a deceased artist,” said Forde. “To an extent, estate management is about building a narrative around an artist; they are the directors of the narrative.”


3. Authorities call ‘Witch is dead’ post in Patrick Frazee case a ‘strange coincidence’: report – wcsi

Five teeth, potentially bloody sheet found in search of Patrick Frazee’s home, court records show – Denver Post

On Dec. 15, authorities filed a search warrant executed on Frazee’s home, which listed 67 seized items. Police took possession of Frazee’s financial records, five pairs of his wrangler blue jeans, a Verizon tablet, his boots, a tan baseball cap and 50 9 mm bullets and two casings. They also wanted items that could provide DNA samples of the suspect and victim.

They also found “four teeth in a small envelope” and a fifth tooth held separately. One of Berreth’s teeth became a gruesome point of discussion during a recent hearing involving Frazee’s alleged accomplice, Krystal Jean Kenney Lee, an Idaho nurse.

Lee told investigators that Frazee had her clean up “a mess” at Berreth’s townhome after he killed her, the affidavit says. Frazee specifically asked her to look for a tooth that may have fallen down an air vent. Lee found a tooth inside the apartment that included the full root.

From the Archives [Kelsey Berreth Case]:

Patrick Frazee appears in court for preliminary hearing – koaa

Kelsey Berreth murder investigators focused on ‘black tote’ in back of Patrick Frazee’s truck: Report – CrimeOnline

March 6th, 2019

1. Chris Watts drove 45 minutes with dead wife and daughters before killing girls, family lawyer says – CBS

Frederick, Colo. – Four-year-old Bella Watts pleaded for her life, just moments after she watched her father kill her younger sister “CeCe,” according to lawyer Steven Lambert. Lambert, of the Grant & Hoffman Law Firm, represents murder victim Shanann Watts‘ parents Frank and Sandy Rzucek, CBS Denver reports. The law firm shared new details about the murder with Dr. Phil in an exclusive interview.

According to lawyer Thomas Grant, Chris Watts confessed new details to investigators after finding faith in prison. Watts spoke for hours with police on Feb. 18 from a prison in Wisconsin.

“He is claiming that he is remorseful, and he has found God,” Grant told Dr. Phil.

Lawyers confirmed Sandy Rzucek was not given access to the audio recording in advance, but was briefed on the discussion by law enforcement. Rzucek wished to share the information with the public, prior to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation releasing the redacted audio recording on Thursday.The Rzuceks hoped sharing the story would help clear their daughter’s name, after some believed Chris Watts’ original story that she killed the children.

Chris Watts’ 4-year-old pleaded for her life, attorney says – CNN

2. Arizona State Bar files formal complaint against Arias prosecutor Juan Martinez – ABC

3. Kate McCann’s account of Maddie’s open bedroom window a possible ‘red flag’ – 9News

Madeleine McCann disappearance Netflix documentary series set to be released – BirminghamdLive

4. TV Review: HBO’s ‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’ – Variety

5. Michael Jackson’s songs pulled from radio stations as Leaving Neverland documentary airs – ABC News


March 5th, 2019

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1. Chris Watts’ daughter walked in just after her mother was killed, attorney says – CNN

Chris Watts had just strangled his wife Shan’ann and was wrapping her in a sheet to dispose of her body when their daughter Bella walked into the room. “What are you doing with mommy?” the 4-year-old asked her father. As Watts began to wrap her body up in a sheet, Bella walked in and asked about her mother, Lambert said.

“She’s four, what we’ve been told she’s quite smart — was quite smart — and knew something likely was up. And what he said was that, ‘Mommy is sick, we need to take her to the hospital to make her better,'” Lambert said.

Chris Watts Told Daughter ‘Mommy’s Sick’ After She Saw Him Disposing of Wife’s Dead Body – People

A spokeswoman from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation [Susan Medina] tells PEOPLE the office plans to release more information on the case Thursday, adding that the office was taken by surprise by the Dr. Phil interview.

WHAT’RE YOU DOING TO MUMMY?’ Killer dad Chris Watts murdered his daughter, 4, when she walked in on him strangling pregnant wife, lawyer claims – The Sun

Lawyer: Chris Watts’ 4-year-old daughter saw him dispose of Shanann’s body – wral

What are you doing to mommy?’: Chris Watts murdered his four-year-old daughter Bella after she walked in on him strangling his pregnant wife Shanann – and begged her father to stop, reveals family lawyer – Daily Mail

Chris Watts murdered his elder daughter after she witnessed him killing her mother according to an interview that will air Tuesday on The Dr Phil Show. Steven Lambert, the lawyer who is representing the family of Shanann Watts in their wrongful death lawsuit, claims that his clients were informed of just how Watts carried out the brutal murders.

It started with Shanann threatening to keep their children from him after she learned of his affair, and ended with the mom and both daughters dead. Bella reportedly spent her final moments begging her father to spare her life. 

‘The night in question Shanann came home. She and Chris had got into a fight. They made up. They were getting along really well,’ Lambert tells Dr Phil in a clip obtained by  ‘Later on, they got into a fight again. In that fight he essentially confessed to having an affair, that he wanted a divorce. That it was pretty much over between them, and she had said something to the effect of, “well you’re not going to see the kids again.”‘

Lambert then adds: ‘As a consequence of that conversation he strangled her to death.’ The clip ends with Lambert revealing: ‘Bella walked in and asked what are you doing to mommy.’ The interview was conducted at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin, where Watts was transferred back in December. It is unclear however if he is still there, or if he may have leveraged his interview with authorities to be moved to another facility.  

Authorities do not believe that Watts ever gave a factual account of what happened the night of the murders. The release last week of doorbell footage that showed Shanann arriving home on the night she was murdered also suggests that the Weld County District Attorney may have come across new video evidence. 

[This last sentence is patently incorrect. Law enforcement had the doorbell footage by as early as November 2018, although curiously the exact date when the footage was viewed is not provided].

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2. Patrick Frazee seeks dismissal of child-custody claim by Kelsey Berreth’s parents – Denver Post

3. Listen to the latest Maddie episodes – 9News

4. NPA slams ‘slanderous’ statement by Jason Rohde’s ex-mistress – News24

March 4th, 2019

1. BREAKING: Bella Watts Pleaded For Life Before Father Chris Killed Her – Rzuceks

“Bella asked, ‘What are you doing with Mommy?’” – Chris Watts’ Second Confession on Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil show promises Chris Watts’ full confession in Tuesday’s show – koaa

More Chris Watts conspiracy mythbusting [for kindergarten level true crime crime buffs].

2. Search warrants in Kelsey Berreth murder investigation to be made public – kktv

Kelsey Berreth’s fiance due back in court – The Gazette

3. Michael Jackson – Child Molester or just plain Whacko?

Michael Jackson’s iconic Neverland Ranch is back on the market at a dramatic price cut – afp

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in California is back on the market for $31m, a steep cut from the $100m asking price four years ago. The dramatic price cut for the iconic property is partly due to years of drought in the region that affected the real estate market, Kyle Forsyth, one of the listing agents, told US media.Jackson reportedly paid $19.5m for the property in the 1980s but a real estate investment firm bought it in 2008 for $22.5m after the singer defaulted on a loan.

His ranch was raided in 2003 as part of a child molestation case against him and police at the time seized a large collection of pornography and images of nude children.

Jackson was acquitted in the case in 2005.

4. Impeachment looking more possible – CNN

Once Trump is impeached, we as a community need to impeach the idiots who defended him daily for over two years. After lying on a daily basis on national and international television, and in spite of his lies and deceits receiving national attention and consistent analysis in the media, Trump’s supporters nevertheless continued to actively defend him. This defense is indefensible.

I would like to see the Trump supporters who are active in true crime put up their hands and admit to enabling a serial liar and deceiver, while simultaneously campaigning against injustice. I’d like to see those supporters do the one thing Trump can’t, and won’t. Admit your mistake and apologize.


“I made a mistake.”

Will they?

Will you?

I won’t hold my breath.

For the rest, this is the TCRS take of Trump [published in July 2017].

March 2nd, 2019

1. Frankie Rzucek’s response to announcement of Watts’ “second confession”:


Chris Watts Gives Investigators New Details of Murders of Pregnant Wife and 2 Daughters – People

Investigators “interviewed Christopher Watts for the purpose of developing further insight into the case,” the statement reads.

“Watts provided investigators with additional information about the murders of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste during the interview,” it continues.

2. Latest review of SLAUGHTER

3. Madeleine McCann: Met police chiefs ask for more money to extend investigation – Independent

4. Johnny Depp sues ex-wife Amber Heard for $50million in defamation lawsuit for ‘falsely’ calling herself a victim of domestic abuse – Daily Mail



  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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  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


    • Maybe Chris ultimately wanted less publicity so as to increase his chances of surviving prison – low profile as it were, without details of the horrible killings of his children. He was intelligent but not smart – his attorneys may have pointed out that he could die in prison, sooner rather than later.


      • It didn’t work then, since i just read that an inmate was selling “Chris Watts’ semen-stained underwear” for $500 on Craigslist.


  6. Didnt the detectives double check the number Chris’s alleged male lover had for Chris against Chris’s cell phone numbers he had? He had a work and personal cell seems like it wouldn’t be hard just to verify the cell numbers.


  7. If Patrick Frazee is having a Public Defender represent him, from what I understand that means he wouldn’t have money to pay a lawyer. How does it work then with the Federal suit Kelsey’s parents have filed, if he has no money who would pay the amount they are seeking?


    • Does he own that property, though, or is it in his mother’s name? She lives on the property, too. Is there some reason Frazee would have put purchases in his mother’s name (tax break, bad credit, etc.)? If so, then a suit couldn’t touch that. I think it’s kind of complicated, as his mother might rely on that equipment for her livelihood. I dunno.


  8. Sometimes I think these lawsuits are filed more to make a point than anything else. Depositions can also show more than strict cross examinations in court. A “win” in one of these suits, if it occurs before the criminal trial, could help the prosecution pursue new leads. Plus, prevailing in the suit may even reduce the convicted killer’s chance of parole later on if there are bombshells in the depositions that can be publicized. It’s often all about public perception, and manipulating that.


  9. Maybe this was addressed somewhere else on here but I couldn’t find it. Why wasn’t Chris Watts guilty pleas on November 6th, 2018 allowed to be recorded like his other court dates?


  10. The most heartbreaking picture in the Watts story, to me, is the one above of little Cece hugging her Dad at the airport in NC. At that moment, she had days to live..

    I know how those little hugs feel…this is the purest love there is.

    Wonder if he remembers how that felt.


  11. @Nick I watched the video posted 1/23 about the Vivint Security and the camera that records data the homeowner can’t access or erase, but Vivint keeps for 3 months. Do you think CW was recorded carrying the bodies and police used this evidence?


    • Maura I think the cops are sitting on a lot of evidence.

      But I suspect Watts turned off the Vivint security between roughly 02:00 and 04:00. Same reason he probably turned off the router – to create digital black holes. It would be interesting to know if this turning on or off is logged anywhere. If he didn’t turn it off he may have “tricked the system”. For example placing a piece of paper over a motion sensor defeats its capability – simple, quick and easy to do.


  12. This is the person you just kicked out of your group… I come from a long line of convicted criminals. I spent years eye-to-eye counseling criminals in prisons (for free), have held the hands of killers who were terminally ill as they confessed their last before crossing over. I’m proud of this skill-set, but that’s not why I’m telling you this. I am telling you this for your benefit.


    • Ralph. The gay killer, no trial, jail. Hardly any info on this case. We don’t know where he killed them. He stangled, he staged the bodies, clothes, pictures. But no info on how he chopped up bodies. Only bones found in flower pots.
      Cops actually broke in after watching a guy go into his apt. The guy was naked, tied to the bed. He arrested.


  13. It was frustrating watching the trauma-sensing dog in the Watts basement on the video posted today. The bodycam work was so poor, it almost negates the whole purpose of that equipment. Put the damn camera on the dog, ffs.

    Noticed that the dog alerted at the area at the right of the base of the stairwell. Could Watts have lain in wait there when Shan’ann came home, the children already dead and stored in the refrigerator. Shan’an could have gone upstairs and not found anybody, then raced down to the basement where he waited.

    Being the clean freak he was, he could have prepared the area with sheets of plastic or just the bedsheets.

    Haven’t see any videos relating to the cadaver dogs’ findings in the basement.


  14. NVDL: pay no attention to the toxic “fans”! Your books and commentary are so fascinating. You said you may end the Watts coverage at the end of February. Does this mean the Annihilation and Oblivion books may not be available? Oh no!!!!!


  15. Nick, I agree with Susan.
    Don’t stop contributing your insightful, and incredible work!
    I look forward to reading your books!!
    I enjoy learning so much from the debates, introspect, and
    thought provoking style that you provide.
    Thank you for this!!


    • Thanks JH. I will be scaling down coverage of the Watts case from this point onwards. The books will continue though. I may cover the Frazee case next, later this month or I might not. Watch this space 😉

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  16. There is another case that sounds intriguing to me but I know you have your hands full. Ryan Widmer, who was convicted of drowning his newlywed wife in the bathtub (2008?). There is doubt though – there have been 3 trials and he’s still appealing. There are similarities to Watts – the couple appeared so happy together, etc. But shortly after marriage he claims she stopped taking an interest in his career, she had OCD, she wouldn’t let him so much as pick out a can of paint for the house and she had a strange illness that caused her to fall asleep at odd moments. Which was his defense of course – she fell asleep in the tub and drowned. In interviews Widmer seems disconnected, almost happy. There is a book out about it called “Submerged” and the author has changed her mind as to whether Ryan is guilty or not. There is so much crime to research and write about, isn’t there? This one seems very interesting.


  17. Listening to the 2nd confession tapes…I’m feeling very uncomfortable about the collegial atmosphere. I also hear a lot of Shan’ann bashing.


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