“I wonder if, on August 13, 2019, they will try to recreate the events in the driveway. What time is sunrise in Colorado on this date? Can this have an effect on shadows? Is that why the auction has been postponed?”

The above quotation is from a reader’s comment, thank you. Quite correct. If I was in Colorado, that’s what I would do. But will the investigators? Are the Weld County investigators still scratching their heads about this case.?

One can really not over-emphasize the importance of simulating a crime scene in real time. There are often many subtleties and ordinary realities that one overlooks.

In the Watts case there are several light sources to consider, along with the slight concave slope of the driveway and small groves in the cement [running vertically and diagonally] to consider.

Now that we’re on the subject, it should also be noted that the Lexus was parked on the left side inside the garage. Since Watts backed up his truck so that it was slightly in the garage, it stands to reason the truck was parked to the right of the Lexus [in terms of the driveway]. This is difficult to see from the tight angle of Trinatich’s video camera, and with the tree obscuring the view.

But we can see even when Nickole Atkinson parked on the driveway, she parked relatively more on the right side. We also know Watts carried a gas can with plenty of space between the tree and the side of the truck facing the tree and camera.


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When we look at the idiosyncrasies on the driveway, where are they?

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And we can see from the shadows of the defense team carrying the containers, the legs are almost invisible from the perspective of the road, while the containers are larger than the actual figures. if someone bent down to lift one of those containers off the ground and transfer it to the back seat [while several light sources were shining from the front and behind], we can see how it may appear as something moving forward of its own accord.


Incidentally, sunrise in Colorado on August 13th, 2018 is 06:10 sharp. Watts backed his truck into the driveway approximately an hour earlier, at around 05:18 and left the scene at 05:46, 24 minutes before dawn broke.


Chris Watts: One Year Ago Today

Tomorrow will be exactly fourteen days prior to the triple family murder that shook the sleepy town of Frederick, Colorado last year, and rocked America.  I’ve been tracking the timeline of the case in real-time since July 4th this year, and we’re now up to 26 separate timeline posts. You can view them chronologically at this link or use these:

#1 – #6

#7 – #16

#17 – #26

If you have any comments or observations, please make use of the #1yearagotodayCW hashtag on Twitter.

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Were the children carried into the truck in transparent plastic containers?

One thing there was no shortage of, and one thing that wouldn’t be missed from the Watts’ home, were large plastic containers. The basement area was crammed full of them.


These containers were also large enough to place a small child inside, and put the lid back on.

We know for a fact that Watts carried out at least two containers to his track, so doesn’t it make sense that he put each child in each container? When Watts mentioned “containers” to the FBI’s Grahm Coder he stuttered. He also corrected himself, first stating container [singular] before correcting himself to containers [plural].

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It also seemed a little strange that Watts would provide some detail for why he was placing these large, transparent containers on the backseat of his track. Incidentally, isn’t that where the girls were supposed to have sat?


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In CSA Yokum’s crime scene report he noticed two large containers in the backseat area of the truck. Thus we have a problem.

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Can you see what it is?

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Two Possible Cadaver Dog Alerts that have been Overlooked

We know for a fact that Watts disposed of items – including at least one blanket – in a dumpster at or near 6507 Black Mesa, which was under construction at the time.

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In the K9 search below, the dog is barking throughout the time they’re in Black Mesa road. At 06:10 in the clip below, the dog handler says: “He’s picking up scent from the house,” which we now know was true.

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At this time when the dog is barking, they’re standing right beside a large, red construction dumpster. They’re also standing right beside a house that’s under construction. The cops don’t seem to know or inquire about the schedule for when the dumpsters are emptied, but it was each Tuesday, possibly in the morning prior to or after the search.

Notice all the red dumpsters lining the side of the road going down Black Mesa.

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The red arrows denote the route Watts took on August 13th. The green is the route he should have taken home.

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It appears the cops only inspected the scene properly on August 22nd, more than a week after they’d received the data. Officer Lines’ report neglects to mention the activity along Black Mesa, or the dog handler Jayne Zmijewski ‘s comment about the dog picking up scents from the house.

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There appears to be a second alert, or certainly interest, in Bella’s bedroom. It’s at about 19:30 in the clip below.

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More: On his way back to the crime scene, Chris Watts first went to look at a house recommended by his realtor… [Updated]

Cadaver Dog Alerts inside #2825 Saratoga Trail [29th Tranche]

What does Handwriting Analysis say about Chris Watts?

At 2:07 in the clip below, Sherlock Holmes commences a rudimentary analysis of his arch-nemesis – using graphology.

Sherlock Holmes uses Professor Moriarty’s “inscription” to analyze him. He discerns:

“…a highly creative, yet meticulous nature. The slant and pressure of the handwriting tells Mr. Holmes he is dealing with a narcissist with a complete lack of empathy, and pronounced inclination toward moral insanity.”

Can we discern this from Watts’ scrawl?

What we discern from the neatness and the modesty of the writing is a meticulous nature. In both attachments below there isn’t a single scratched out word.

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Where the letters are joined to one another, there is sense of continuity, of logic. This implies someone who writes in cursive is more logical, whereas someone who separates their letters might be more imaginative. Some analysts believe print handwriting [where there are only separate letters] makes analysis impossible.

In the above sample, written at the end of July 2018, we see printed words initially, but as early as the second “The” the letters start connecting. By the 4th and 5th “the’s” the letters are more connected, and so are other letters, the c and t in addicted, the m and e in time. Even so, the words in the card are far less connected than in the note to his mother. Look at everyone, even, celebrate and there in the sample below.

Where there’s combination of print and cursive it indicates the ability to be flexible in difficult circumstances. An excess of block printing may indicate barriers to intimacy or an inability to express emotions. Block printing is also more associated with impulsivity than the more logical cursive style. The printer is more intuitive than logical.

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In Watts’ card to Kessinger, there is an overall left slant to the handwriting. Notice the first two K’s in Nikki, and all the I’s are slanted to the left. The left-slant style betrays a loner-type individual who prefers to be behind the scenes. If a right-handed person has left leaning handwriting, this may express rebellion.

In the signature below, the letters appear larger than Watts’ usual style, and proportionately quite large compared to other signatures. The size and wildly extravagant S possibly indicate anger at having to sign the document.

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A low tail in the letter d can indicate a lack of ambition. Closed o’s show a tendency toward introversion. The overall size and spacing of the letters confirms a reserved, introverted type. The mismatch in Watts’ writing stems from the relatively constrained style versus the use of exclamation marks. In his brief card to Kessinger there are two instances of double exclamation marks, and in the short excerpt to his mother, two exclamation marks. This seems to indicate an emotion person beneath the reserved exterior.

A possible sign of dishonesty in handwriting is when the slant changes direction. Two instances of this are the second M in Mom and the h in the first there, in Watts’ letter to Cindy Watts. Arguably there’s a third instance, the y in you is also slanting to the right.

By comparison, look at Shan’ann’s handwriting and signature [note, based on the date, the signature at the bottom might be forged by Watts].


Remember the Lindstroms? They say Ceecee fell at the birthday party on the swingset in the garden.

At 1:15 in the clip below, the Lindstrom couple talk about the last time they saw Bella, Ceecee and Chris Watts. Jeremy describes the Watts family as “perfect”. His wife Jennifer sketches a moment on the final, fateful Sunday when Ceecee fell off the swingset and Watts rushed to comfort her “like any normal father would”.

JENNIFER: They were just here, and they were just playing and they [eyes brim with tears] – they didn’t deserve it.

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Is Saturday’s Documentary KILLER DAD on HLN Sympathetic to Chris Watts?

I tend to agree with MommyRamblings [see clip at bottom] that if you’re going to go to the trouble to shoot a reenactment, at least get the details right. Thin slicing the preview, Shan’ann appears to be buried in a sheet [she wasn’t].

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And in bright daylight [not true either].

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Even the “uniform”, the most basic aspect, is wrong. Watts wore dark blue jeans, a dark navy blue t-shirt and rubber work boots with no laces. He had one pant leg tucked in and the other out, which was unusual for the usually neat and snappy dresser.


In HLN’s coverage the boots don’t seem right either. Watts had two pairs, and likely wore the black pair while disposing of the bodies and working on the hatches.

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The other pair of Red Wing boots were new, and brown.

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While these details are important, and while documentary producers are supposed to get the basics right especially when it comes to executing high-profile true crime cases, it’s even more concerning when they simply regurgitate the killer’s own version as if it were gospel – with no analysis and no critical thinking.

Like this:

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In the HLN trailer we hear one of Watts’ new girlfriends saying “he just snapped”. This is typical apologia in a case like this where the killer is trying to minimize a premeditated murder into a random moment where he inexplicably lost his head. The snapping also breaks all contextual connections. His snapping supposedly has nothing to do with the serious debt he was in, or his plans for the future. If it’s true and he did snap, it would make an unforgivable crime slightly more tolerable, but it’s not true.

We know it’s not true based on Watts’ cool as cucumber behavior on bodycam footage throughout August 13th and during the Sermon on the Porch on the morning of August 14th. If he snapped he would still be emotionally overwhelmed, even remorseful or regretful when he calmed down hours later. But there’s no trace of that. There’s no real grief.

We also know immediately after getting rid of the bodies Watts went into debt damage control mode – calling the school, calling Groupon about the hotel reservation and getting the ball rolling with his realtor.

He didn’t just snap, and so any documentary still spouting this nonsense a year after the fact is still at the kindergarten level of analysis. Are we simply going to accept what Chris Watts says, when he’s a liar and a fiend?

Even the District Attorney at the sentencing hearing on November 19th was absolutely clear that Watts “coldly and deliberately ended four lives, not in a fit of rage, but in a calculating manner.”

When are we going to start talking about that face – the second face – of Chris Watts?

More: “Chris Watts Just Snapped” 

“It’s like a long fuse that finally just went to its end…” VS “I just snapped”

Chris Watts describes the reason he killed Shan’ann Watts: “I just snapped” [AUDIO Part 1+2]

Chris Watts: The Plea Deal Document and the Second Confession Don’t Jibe

Why the Second Confession Scenario as Dramatized in FAMILY MAN, FAMILY MURDERER is full of crap

Chris Watts claims “Rage” was the operative emotion that made him wipe out his family. But this is what a genuine “Rage” Annihilation looks like…