True Crime Rocket Science [TCRS] is unique. It is preoccupied with the why of crimes and criminals, and thus is above all focused on anthropodicy, aporia and the science of man.  We find out why people do what they do by finding out who people are. And who is a function of identity, social dynamics and backstory.

First time here? Click here for information on how to navigate this site.

Fullscreen capture 20190408 115320

Through cogent true crime analysis, especially into criminal psychology, we have a unique opportunity to learn to understand those around us, and principally, ourselves.

This page is dedicated to coverage of current crime news, comments, discussions and brief analysis. Use this page for updates on America’s most high-profile criminal cases,  as well as to find your way to what’s happening where on True Crime Rocket Science [#tcrs].

Use the drop down menus above to source updated content on the Chris Watts case, as well as Patrick FrazeeJonBenet Ramsey, Jason Rohde and WM3.

Updates include new book releases, news of what’s coming soon, true crime documentary analysis and reviews, interviews and giveaways.

This page also serves as an ongoing archive for true crime news. Your suggestions for true crime news from wherever you are in the world are most welcome.

Follow TCRS on Facebook.

Author’s Amazon Page.

Overflow Coverage: CrimeRocket II.

GoFundMe: CrimeRocket to do a Documentary Series on the Chris Watts Case

Guidelines for users of this site: Commentators are urged to examine and interrogate the merits of the cases covered here, rather than malign or attack one another. Argue the case, argue the criminal, argue the law or argue the facts instead of arguing with each other.


December 4th, 2019

1. Chris Watts ‘Criminal Confessions’ Trailer – Oxygen

Shanann Watts And Her Children Have Been ‘Erased Out Of Their Own Murder’ – Oxygen

The Atkinson Transcripts [#1]: “I found Shan’ann’s purse…” – TCRS Patreon

What Was Chris Watts Motive For Killing His Entire Family? – Oxygen

What was Chris Watts’ Most Emotional Moment?

2. Patrick Frazee’s Hit List to Snitch Jacob Bentley [PHOTOS] – CrimeRocket II

Krystal Kenney to know her fate on January 28th +”Kenney’s actions were not aggravated…” – CrimeRocket II




November 27th, 2019

1. Chris Watts owes parents of slain pregnant wife $6 million, judge rules – NBC


2. Kelsey Berreth Murder Suspect’s Secret Ex: He ‘Told Me to Take Care of the Problem’ – The Daily Beast


Patrick Frazee’s ex-mistress told investigators the murderer’s mother watched as he incinerated Kelsey Berreth’s body and blood-spattered evidence on their land in shocking footage – Daily Mail

3. JonBenét Ramsey photographer jailed on child porn charges in Oregon – Komo News

4. Dresden museum heist: police release dramatic CCTV footage of suspect – The Guardian

5. What actually happened to Vincent van Gogh’s ear? Here are 3 things you should know. – Berkeley Library News

November 24th, 2019

1. 48 Hours – CBS

Excellent documentary on the Kelsey Berreth case.

Kelsey Berreth murder: Crime scene evidence photos – CrimeRocket II

Krystal Kenney Crime Scene Walk-Through Videos – CrimeRocket II

2. Top prosecutor Billy Downer to try Jason Rohde’s ex-lover – IOL

November 21st, 2019

1. 22 Reasons why the AD/CC Version Makes No Sense – CrimeRocket II

Lifetime releases eerie photographs of the lookalike cast for movie about Chris Watts murders – Daily Mail

2. Woodland Park police chief speaks publicly about Kelsey Berreth case – KDVR

Remembrance candle vigil planned for Kelsey Berreth, remembered as ‘shining light’ – The Denver Channel

November 19th, 2019

1. Jury finds Patrick Frazee guilty in murder of fiancee Kelsey Berreth – The Gazette

– The Denver Channel


Fullscreen capture 20191109 055525

2. Based on the CrimeRocket post:

“I want a drama-free life” – would Shan’ann Watts still be alive if she’d followed her own advice?

Meanwhile on the Armchair Detective YouTube Channel, plenty of drama about witches, witchcraft and the occult. Go grab your pitchforks!

Fullscreen capture 20191119 031054Fullscreen capture 20191119 031144Fullscreen capture 20191119 031148

November 14th, 2019

1. The 2nd video listed below seems to be addressed to TCRS. In other words, it’s a debunk of TCRS’ assessment of Watts’ criminal psychology. What do you think? Is she right?

2. Patrick Frazee murder trial: Berreth’s coworkers describe her as quiet, sweet, loving to her newborn – The Denver Channel

Kelsey Berreth murder case: Trial testimony focuses on Patrick Frazee’s texts in months before alleged killing – The Denver Post

Forensics experts say blood evidence from townhome overwhelmingly matches Berreth – KOAA

TIMELINE Kelsey Berreth Case: What to Know About the Missing Colorado Mom Last Seen on Thanksgiving Day – Inside Edition

3. Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt Reveal Friendship: ‘We Are Human Beings’ and ‘Have a Lot in Common’ – People

4. What the first public impeachment hearing tells us about the path forward – CNN

November 13th, 2019

1. Dr Oz Interview with Cherlyn Cadle: 5 Key Insights

True Crime Exclusive: The Chris Watts Letters: Why He Says His Family Would Still Be Alive If He Hadn’t Met His Mistress – CBS

Inside the Mistress’ Mind: Why Kessinger Googled “Expiration Date” on Condoms on 6/27/18

2. Patrick Frazee murder trial: Frazee’s friend testified he said Berreth was ‘never coming back’ – The Denver Channel

Kelsey Berreth murder case: Patrick Frazee told customer that Berreth was “never coming back,” according to testimony – Denver Post

“Oh, she’s never coming back!” – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 7

3. Free Giveaway:

November 11th, 2019

1. True Crime In Colorado: Promising New Lines of Inquiry into Nichol Kessinger – CrimeRocket II

ANNIHILATION, the most highly rated book in the TWO FACE series [4.2/5] is now available in paperback at this link.


Chris Watts: The slip in the Sermon on the Driveway that we all Missed

2. ‘I saw blood all over’: Patrick Frazee’s mistress brings more shocking testimony to murder trial – ABC

Kelsey Berreth murder case: Patrick Frazee defense attorney attempts to discredit key witness during cross examination – Denver Post

Kelsey Berreth murder case: Longtime friend of Patrick Frazee testifies about suspicious conversations he had after disappearance – Denver Post

November 10th, 2019

1. ‘Criminal Confessions’ Returns With Special Chris Watts Premiere – Oxygen

Dick Wolf’s Criminal Confessions Season 3 Premiere Takes on the Chris Watts Case – EOnline

2. ‘No body, no crime,’ Patrick Frazee said before fiancée vanished, friend testifies – NBC News

Woman says she cleaned mess after boyfriend beat fiancée to death – CBS

3. SPECIAL: Inside Colorado’s unsolved cold cases

November 9th, 2019

1. Chris Watts: the slip-of-the-tongue that we all Missed [ANALYSIS #2]

2.  Cadaver Dogs and Krystal Kenney’s “I like to please” Personality – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 6

Patrick Frazee murder trial: ‘I figured out a way to kill her,’ friend testifies Frazee told him – The Denver Channel

Patrick Frazee murder trial: K-9 handlers say dogs hit on items tied to Kelsey Berreth’s killing – The Denver Channel

Patrick Frazee murder trial: Defense questions why Kenney never alerted anyone to murder plot – The Denver Channel

Patrick Frazee trial: Star witness stands ground under cross-examination, declaring, ‘It’s the truth’ – The Gazette

Fullscreen capture 20191108 200326

November 8th, 2019

Fullscreen capture 20191107 161503

1. Murderer’s Mistresses: Krystal Kenney versus Nichol Kessinger

2. Krystal Kenney Testifies about Where Kaylee was during Murder – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 5

Patrick Frazee’s mistress offers gory testimony during Kelsey Berreth murder trial – ABC

Patrick Frazee murder trial: Krystal Kenney recounts cleanup of Kelsey Berreth murder scene – The Denver Channel

Idaho nurse Krystal Lee takes the witness stand in Kelsey Berreth murder trial – 9News

NATIONAL NEWS: Girlfriend testifies at trial of man in death of his fiancee – WRAL

Patrick Frazee’s mistress reveals she became pregnant with his child – CrimeOnline

3. Is There a Link Between Sociopathy and Social Media? – Psychology Today

Why Social Media Is Turning Us All Into Sociopaths – Thought Catalog

Are We Really A Generation Of Sociopaths Who’ve Lost Any Sense Of Empathy? – Grazia Daily UK


November 7th, 2019

1. Patrick Frazee murder trial: Krystal Kenney explains longtime relationship with Frazee, 2016 abortion – The Denver Channel

Narcissistic-Sociopath (1)

2. “Chris Watts is a sociopath” or “Chris Watts is a narcissistic sociopath” – No, he isn’t, but can you articulate why not?

3. Why the Joker is showing up in protests around the world – CNN

November 6th, 2019

1. Dr Phil: “If this could happen to this family it could happen to any family.” 

TCRS Assessment: Somewhat true, but also not true. The Watts family wasn’t the average family in many respects. Serious crimes, on the other hand, aren’t the exclusive purview of sociopaths, monsters and narcissists. Ordinary people become murderers every day. It’s only once they’re murderers that they lose their status as “ordinary people”.

At 3:54 in the clip below Dr. Phil refers to coverage of the “Silver Fox”. He’s also referred to one not needing to a rocket scientist to see when Watts was lying.

2. Patrick Frazee ‘was TWO HOURS late to Thanksgiving dinner on the day his fiance disappeared’, the suspect’s cop brother testifies at his murder trial – Daily Mail

3. Financial Mess – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 3

November 5th, 2019

1. Defense Pokes Holes in Inconclusive Surveillance Footage – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 3 – CrimeRocket II

Patrick Frazee trial: Defense questions timeline, lack of black tote in surveillance photos – The Denver Channel

The Neighbor’s Video Surveillance – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 2

2. Kate and Gerry McCann’s message to the public after being given £300,000 to continue search for Madeleine – Chesire Live

November 4th, 2019

1. What does it actually look like when a murderer’s mistress is directly [or even indirectly] involved?

Kelsey’s Mother Cheryl Describes “Growing Panic” as days passed with no sign of her daughter – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 1 – CrimeRocket II

2. The latest Chris Watts conspiracy theory is about a mysterious red car pulling out of the neighbor’s driveway? Could it be an astonishing new twist, or could it be the neighbor’s own car pulling out on her way to gym? Or is the red car actually an alien space ship?

The image below was taken from Black Mesa road around the corner from the Watts home immediately prior to Watts arriving home at about 14:10 on Monday, August 13th, 2018. The conspiracy theorists want you to believe the red car was parked at or near the crime scene for 10 hours following the crime, and that it was somehow actively involved. The alternative? It was a neighborhood car parked on a neighborhood driveway belonging to someone who lives in the neighborhood.

But who wants to believe that when the alternative is so exciting? What if the car belonged to [fill in your preferred suspect]?

Fullscreen capture 20191105 002236

November 3rd, 2019

1. The Tenth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts case

2. ‘Calculating Manipulator’ Patrick Frazee Murdered Kelsey Berreth With Help From Secret Girlfriend: Prosecutors – The Daily Beast

November 2nd, 2019

1. The Ninth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

The Devil Beside Me: The Chris Watts Story – Art19

2. ‘Calculating Manipulator’ Patrick Frazee Murdered Kelsey Berreth With Help From Secret Girlfriend: Prosecutors – The Daily Beast

November 1st, 2019

1. The Eighth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

2. Opening Statements To Begin Friday For Patrick Frazee In Kelsey Berreth’s Murder Trial – CBS Denver

Krystal Lee Kenney primed for key witness role in Patrick Frazee murder trial – The Denver Channel

3. Amanda Knox to pen advice column for Seattle newspaper – The Guardian

4. Nikolas Cruz PreTrial Hearing – Court Date set for January 27, 2020

Nikolas Cruz back in court for hearing


October 31st, 2019

1. The Seventh Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

2. A Colorado Man Allegedly Murdered His Missing Fiancée With a Baseball Bat. Now He Faces Trial. – The Daily Beast

3. Casey Anthony’s Father Is ‘Ready to Forgive Her’ After Caylee’s Death: ‘I’m Still Your Dad’ – People

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: ‘She was a good mom.’ Casey Anthony’s mother reveals she would be ‘happy’ if her estranged daughter decides to have another baby and maintains Caylee’s death was an ‘accident’ – Daily Mail

October 30th, 2019

1. What Are Family Annihilators? What Drove Chris Watts To Kill His Family? – Oxygen

TCRS Audio Analysis of this article coming soon.

The Sixth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

What would be your #1 Soundtrack for a dramatic movie on the Chris Watts Case? – CrimeRocket II

2. Wife’s lover fined R11 million by a court for causing her divorce – W24

Jealous Brits using ‘stalkerware’ to spy on EVERYTHING their partners do – how to scan your phone today – The Sun

3. AfriForum to prosecute man who ‘falsely’ accused colleague of using k-word – TimesLive

October 29th, 2019

1. The Fifth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

2. Why murder trial in case of missing Colorado mom may not be slam-dunk case – CBS News

3. Robert Durst Pretrial Hearing – CrimeRocket II

Fullscreen capture 20191029 215845

4. Vincent van Gogh Superstar – Arte TV

October 28th, 2019

1. The Fourth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

2. Patrick Frazee’s trial in death of fiancée Kelsey Berreth expected to start Monday in Cripple Creek – The Denver Channel

Kelsey Berreth: Accused killer to start trial for missing fiancée’s murderKelsey Berreth: Accused killer to start trial for missing fiancée’s murder – Crime Online

3. Amanda Knox: “Don’t try to find the answer in my eyes” – Debunking Gladwell #7

October 25th, 2019

1. Just how big a deal were the finances in the Watts case?

2. True Crime: What Happened To Kelsey Berreth? Trial Begins For Her Fiancé Patrick Frazee – CBS Detroit

3. ‘I can’t breathe:’ Vietnamese woman’s text sparks fears she is among those who died in Essex truck container – CNN  

October 24th, 2019

1. SILVER FOX, the first book in a brand new series, is available now exclusively on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

2. How Germany contributed to creating the Van Gogh myth – DW

maxresdefault (5)

October 23rd, 2019

1. Chris Watts Mindgames – Have you been Outfoxed?

Chris Watts: OXY And His Psychology

TCRS: Interesting that neither Scott Reisch nor Cadle were aware of the Oxy narrative by as late as October and March of this year respectively.

Chris Watts: Religion And Premeditated Plan?

Chris Watts – PreMeditation or Rage?

Remember this?

Scott Reisch: “I don’t think Shan’ann’s murder was premeditated…”

Coming Soon…

Fullscreen capture 20191004 164405

2. People Are Not Pleased with the Premise of a New Movie About Nicole Brown Simpson’s Murder – LA Mag


3. The Psychology of an Incel

October 22nd, 2019

1. The Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

Coming Soon [in July 2020] the first “MAJOR ACCOUNT” of the Chris Watts case

ABC’s Coverage of the Chris Watts case

2. Legally Speaking: Reversal in Jodi Arias case possible, but not likely

October 19th, 2019

1. TCRS Theory on Watts Family Murders [First Published on March 9, 2019]

2. #6: “The Foxy Knoxy nickname had nothing to do with sex” – Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis


October 18th, 2019

1. Chris Watts Talks To News Reporters – EP1 The Devil Beside Me – Dr. Phil

The Watts Children Weren’t Smothered at the Well Site

“Nikki Was There!” – Debunked by TCRS

2. Judges grapple with misconduct claims in Jodi Arias case –

October 17th, 2019

Fullscreen capture 20191017 082438

1. Guest Post: “They know he’s guilty…[but] she’s out there telling people they STILL believe in his innocence” – Crime Rocket II

Video: More details from our interview with Chris Watts’ pen pal – Daily Mail

The Devil Beside Me: The Chris Watts Story – Husband, Father, Killer – Dr Phil

2. Sentencing procedures continue for convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow – News24

October 16th, 2019

1. Chris Watts is smarter – and dumber – than you think

“Chris Watts has an IQ of 140 – he’s almost a genius”

2. Twitter explains why it hasn’t suspended Trump’s account – CNN

October 14th, 2019

1. Chris & Shan’ann Watts – UNEQUALLY YOKED

Deeter Gate Tipped Chris Watts over the Edge

October 13th, 2019

1. Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #5 “Most of us aren’t very good at lie detection…”

2. 20 years ago today:

1999: In Boulder, Colo., the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months of work with prosecutors saying there wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone in the 6-year-old beauty queen’s 1996 slaying.
Read The Craven Silence here.

October 12th, 2019

1. Chris Watts OBLIVION – Audio Excerpt of Book 8 read by the Author

October 10th, 2019

1. Guest Post: More Details on the Oxy in the Watts Home – CrimeRocket2

The Basement Spiel and Contraindications around Shan’ann’s Immitrex – Analysis

Chris Watts Reveals He Tried To Kill His Girls Before Murdering Wife, But They Survived –

2. Justice for Kelsey: Murder trial for man accused of killing woman from Grant County set for Oct. 28 -iFiberOne


3. Take 2: A second look at the case against Casey Anthony –

October 9th, 2019

1. Discovery Shows Another Attempt Chris Watts tried to cause a Miscarriage

2. Viewpoints: True Crime – a growing obsession or healthy fascination? – RealScreen

October 8th, 2019

1. Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #4 “Shockingly inept?”

2. Convicted Killer Jodi Arias May Get New Trial Due To Prosecutor Misconduct – The Daily Wire

October 7th, 2019

1. Scott Reisch Interviews Cheryln Cadle – CrimeRocket2

Auction of convicted murderer Christopher Watts’ Frederick home rescheduled for next year – Times-Call

The residence was initially scheduled to be auctioned off on April 17 over failure to pay principal and interest. However, that date was postponed to September 18, then October 23, and now, has again been moved to January 8….

2. Fake News Alert: Brendan Dassey Might Finally Be Getting Released From Prison After ‘Making A Murderer’ – ScreenGeek

October 6th, 2019

1. Shan’ann’s Oxy from the Basement Medicine Bin was used on Bella and Ceecee – TCRS

Coming Soon in October…

Fullscreen capture 20191004 164405



3. Tourist takes ‘magical’ photo evoking Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’– FoxNews 

October 5th, 2019

1. Where did Chris Watts get the Oxy from? Answer provided exclusively to CrimeRocket

2. Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #4 “The police investigation was shockingly inept…the prosecutor obsessive and wildly irresponsible.”

3. Colo. true crime authors featured on 20/20; husband and wife team look to provoke with their books – The Denver Channel

October 4th, 2019

1. Author of Letters From Christopher, Cheryln Cadle

2. Detective, Victim, Defender, Killer: Digging into the Female Obsession with True Crime – aetv

October 3rd, 2019

1. ‘I SQUEEZED HER JUGULAR’  Chris Watts writes horrific confession letter describing wife’s eyes filling with blood and having to smother daughters twice because they woke up – The Sun

Chris Watts’ haunting confession letter after murdering his wife and children – The Mirror

2. True crime fails when it treats trauma as entertainment – NBC News

Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #3 [Part 2]

3. ‘Joker’ Is a Risk, but a Calculated One, for Warner Bros. – New York Times



EXCLUSIVE: ‘I remember her face getting all black with streaks of mascara.’ Chris Watts’ chilling letter confessing how he squeezed wife’s jugular – Daily Mail


2. Amber Guyger’s Texts Revealed In Sentencing

3. Sky Launches New Channel Dedicated To True Crime Documentaries – LadBible

11 Unbelievable True Crime Series Worth Streaming On Netflix – CinemaBlend




  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

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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.

      Liked by 2 people

  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?

    Liked by 2 people

      • 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.

        Liked by 1 person

    • 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.

    Liked by 2 people

  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

      Liked by 1 person

    • 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!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  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!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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 😉

      Liked by 3 people

  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.

    Liked by 1 person

    • “she had a strange illness that caused her to fall asleep at odd moments”

      Exactly as if she was being drugged without her awareness, right?


  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.


  18. ‘Kenney reportedly told investigators that Frazee had called her on that day and said, “You need to get out here now. You’ve got a mess to clean up.”’

    That last bit would’ve pissed me right off. I would have said, “No, YOU’ve got a mess to clean up. Hop to it, buddy!”

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Couldn’t figure out the best place to put this, so here it is. Surely you’ve noticed the latest from “Foxy Knoxy” – she and her fiancé want everybody to pay for their wedding and party (for their invited guests only) – from–abc-news-topstories.html

    “Let’s face it, we don’t need any more stuff,” the couple write…on their crowd-funding page. “What we do need is help putting on the best party ever for our family and friends! Now we’re asking for help so that we can shower our friends and family with love and celebration! Instead of a traditional registry, we are asking for donations towards the cost of the wedding,” they write. “Whether you’re attending or not, all are welcome to donate to specific costs, or at a patron level.” Doesn’t seem that they’re just “asking for tips and suggestions” to me.

    We’re not crowdsourcing but we “didn’t want to put the registry behind a similar protection because…there are “thousands of people who are supportive of me who follow me and very often [they] want to feel connected to me and I try my best to share that.” Offering “multiple levels of patrons (stellar, galactic, or temporal) that visitors (public and private) could opt to become, that will help pay for things” isn’t asking the public to help pay for this extravaganza. Who is she trying to kid.

    so it’s not a crowdfunding site…it’s just a site where her ‘well-wishers’ can give her money…which is a CROWDFUNDING SITE. Come off it Knox. You thought you’d try to get some money from your ‘fans’ (which is perfectly legal and fine…if people want to give you money, that’s their own business). Don’t start crying now about how you’re misrepresented because LOTS of people are not on board with your plans.

    My wife and I have been supportive of her throughout her legal tribulations, but this puts an entirely different spin on things. I don’t know much about bridal registries,
    but my wife says she’s never heard of awarding ‘level’ status to donors except at
    fundraisers for nonprofits etc. Seems to me a rose is a rose by any other name and this ‘rose’ is a stinkweed.

    “Our wedding registry was never meant to be a crowdfunding source. It was meant for our family and friends and any well-wishers that I have”…

    Well-wishers? Translated…strangers. She can spin it if she likes, she WAS expecting more than a dime from pure strangers. Sorry, that’s crowd sourcing, sweetie.

    “Let’s face it, we don’t need any more stuff. What we do need is help putting on the best party ever for our family and friends!”

    Sounds to me like they are asking people to pay for her wedding / party. If you don’t have the money to have the party you want, have the party that you can afford.

    Amanda Knox and her fiance have launched a crowd-funder appeal to help make their wedding the ‘best party ever’ after she used their savings to return to Italy.
    Knox, 32, who was served four years in jail for the murder of British student Meredith Kurcher but was cleared of the crime on appeal, asked for donations online.
    As a reward for giving money for the nuptials, which appear to be space themed, donors will receive a copy of the couple’s love poems book The Cardio Tesseract.
    Generous donors can become stellar, galactic or temporal patrons depending on how much they donate or can give to specific things including the entertainment.

    She doesn’t even *care* that she’s being transparently shitty. What a duper.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Per this tweet of yours: “How does someone on suicide watch commit suicide?”

    My friend predicted he’d be suicided. He had the goods on too many rich, powerful, influential people.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Pingback: #41 Monday August 13th, 2018: “She’s on a play date. I’m at work” #1yearagotodayCW | True Crime Rocket Science II

  22. Hey, Nick. In embarking on your books (so many!), I decided to start with the Scott Peterson case. I’d never used Kindle before, and I love the way your Blood & Seawater was organized, with the links to outside sources like news articles. Although I was aware of this case as it was developing, I only knew a little about it and I still had nagging questions. I’m getting all my questions answered now! I just left you a 5-star review for B&S, and now I’m about halfway through Night Before Christmas: December 24th to December 31st (Amber Alert Book 2). Wow, that mistress was a piece of work, wasn’t she? Her fetish was seducing married men and manipulating them into leaving their very pregnant wives, apparently. Salacious! Absolutely fascinating analysis – the *Glock*! OF COURSE!!! Thanks, Nick, for all you do – a very satisfied customer


    • Also, it was really striking the way Scott Peterson, in talking with the detectives, wouldn’t say Laci’s *name*. And the way he spoke so contemptuously about her. Just like Chris Watts…

      Is this a typical thing, that the murderer has depersonalized and dehumanized his victim to the extent that they don’t even have a *name* any more?


      • Yes, the disassociation is all part of the psychological preparation. Which in turn shows the length of the premeditation. This is why it was so obvious Watts’ crime was premeditated. The standoffishness points to his resignation and acceptance of what he’d already committed to do in his mind. What followed was getting his heart on the same page.


        • I’m reading Night Eternal now – so interesting. One of the fascinating details that stands out to me is that the $500,000 reward (or however much it was – a large amount) was offered for information that brought Laci back ALIVE. What a safe “reward” to offer – impossible to claim.

          BTW, per the image farther up this page, “The Stranger Beside Me” was my first true-crime book – I found the premise irresistible: To realize that you *know* the nation’s most notorious serial killer and that while he was your coworker, he had already started his killings!

          Do you have any idea *why* Amber Frey posed for those nudie pics? What was the point of those?


  23. Hey, Nick, I’m *desperate* to read the third installment in the Scott/Laci Peterson series, “Weight of the World”, but I can’t find it! Can you point me to it? Thanks!


    • I haven’t written it yet. The 2nd and 3rd books didn’t get many reviews for a long time after they were written, so I started work on another project. Unfortunately in my line of work I have to balance what I’m interested in with what the market wants. But yeah, I was also looking forward to completing Weight of the World. I just could no longer justify the investment in time.


      • I completely understand – life must needs or whatever and all that. I’ll keep busy with your other books until such a time as Weight of the World shows up. Thanks again for making all this so readily available!


  24. Say, Nick, thought of your site and your work the other day. I started smelling a distinctive smell of carrion in the hallway of the master bedroom one morning – we have several cats and the door to the master suite is kept open for them, though they aren’t allowed in the rest of the house. After much searching, I found one of the *tiniest* mice I’d ever seen (not a shrew) – it was probably less than an inch and a half long, not counting the tail. It had apparently been batted or tossed into the shadows next to the leg of a dresser against the wall, so it was hard to see. It wasn’t visibly decomposed or liquified or maggoty, but the smell! Unbearable!

    You’ve talked at some length about cadaver odor (cadaverine?) and this got me to thinking about that. If a not-quite-an-inch-and-a-half long dead mouse that probably only weighed an ounce or so can make enough of a stench to fill an entire hallway with detectible odor, how much would an entire *body* stink, whether it’s a *small* body (Madeleine McCann or the Watts children) or a *large* body (such as Shan’Ann Watts)? It’s absolutely *horrific* to contemplate.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.