Chris Watts Lifetime Movie: Is it important to get the details right, and which one is TOTALLY wrong?

Do you know the game “spot the differences”? You hold up one picture, compare it to another and then it’s a matter of vigilance: how many things are different? In true crime, where a crime is dramatized – always a worthwhile exercise – the apposite question to ask is whether these differences matter. Do they?

Something is very wrong in one or more of the images provided here. Does it take a True Crime Rocket Science to figure it out, or can you?


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Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer will premiere on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime, followed by Beyond the Headlines: The Watts Family Tragedy at 10 p.m. ET.

See the First Photos from Lifetime’s Movie About Dad Who Killed Wife and Daughters – People

Debunking The TCRS Myths About Chris Watts

The YouTuber below has provided a debunk for the “Chris Watts is a narcissist!” No, actually he isn’t video. What do you think, does she succeed?

I’ve also provided a third video which has an interesting if dubiously relevant explanation of the “covert narcissist”. The scary part is I think I have some of those traits, but doesn’t saying that outright mean I’m not “covert” by definition?

So what am I?

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True Crime In Colorado: Promising New Lines of Inquiry into Nichol Kessinger

The undiscovered country of true crime is undoubtedly social media. Ordinary people leave digital breadcrumbs of themselves online, willy-nilly, randomly, arbitrarily but also authentically. These are off-the-cuff but more important, timestamped and related to a key inner circle of people. These hidden networks reveal plenty about the true social dynamics of the key role players.

Once a crime happens, typically attempts are made to scrub compromising online activity. Kessinger did an impressive job in destroying her virtual identity, but as is typically the case, she wasn’t able to scrub everything.


The True Crime in Colorado channel has done some good work recently in developing the Kessinger narrative in a meaningful way [as opposed to the ongoing conjecture that has been mostly baseless].

They’ve followed a few leads using Venmo notifications,* and trying to connect these to the discovery as well as timeline-related texts sent between Watts and Kessinger. Fleshing out the timeline is integral to cogent True Crime Rocket Science, which is why there seems to be some – not a lot, but some – new insight here.

The bottom-line with these possible connections to Trent Bolte, Danielle and others, is it provides the cursory apparatus to interrogate the beginnings of “dark things” Watts suggested in his letters to Cheryln Cadle. Were these dark things sexual?

*Note: Venmo is a mobile payment service app owned by PayPal.

Here’s everything you’ve ever wondered about the payment app Venmo – Daily Dot

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

I’ve heard this on some channels…

It’s cerebral, but perhaps too sentimental – too pleasant – for what really happened, don’t you think?

While driving this made me think of the affair…

The music starting at 1:09 speaks to the sort of impending, inevitable disaster that I feel when I think, research and write about the Watts case…

Let’s hear it. What music do you associate with the Watts case?

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

The Dr Oz interview with Letters from Christopher author was supposed to air on Tuesday, October 15th, a week after the book was released. Is the reason the Dr Oz interview with Cheryln Cadle was moved to November because the Daily Mail still has exclusivity over their interview, as per some prior arrangement?

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In the video exclusive from the Daily Mail Cheryln Cadle says:

“I believe Cindy Watts hated Shan’ann so much…that she can’t get past the fact that…thinking that Shan’ann…killed her own daughters.” 

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

According to a spokesperson for the Watts family, this impression floating around in the court of public opinion isn’t entirely accurate.

They’re not comfortable with Cherlyn’s book or her interviews. They went through a lot trying to come to terms with Chris’s guilt. They know he’s guilty, but it was a journey. She’s out there telling people that they STILL believe in his innocence. That’s simply not true. She fed them all these lines for a long time about the possibility of Chris’s innocence, others being involved and demonic possession. Also, she couldn’t get basic facts straight in this book. She got Cece’s age wrong and age difference between Chris and his sister. If you consider that she couldn’t even get that right, what is else did she get wrong?

Guest Post: More Details on the Oxy in the Watts Home

TCRS contacted a source close to the family requesting additional information on the Oxy in the basement. This question was passed on to Watts and this was his response.


Chris doesn’t remember the exact date, but the oxy search was done before his visit to North Carolina. They (Chris and Shanann had expired medications all throughout the bins down in the basement to include the pain killers).

Shanann [was] into couponing and would get good deals on medication so in those bins downstairs they had both prescription and over-the-counter medication. That’s why there’s so much of it.

They also had them in the medicine cabinet. He is unclear about which he used, but we assume he could’ve scraped up whatever he found. He then crushed them and put them in her thrive balance pills and already had them made and ready to give to her in Colorado. He gave it to her in North Carolina.

He’s saying he only gave it to her once in North Carolina when he had first arrived. He has only ever told any of us that it was once. Giving it to her twice as he stated in that letter was news to us. He currently maintains that he only did it once. So confusing and terribly frustrating to have these conflicting accounts. I did speak with XXXXXX by phone just before I emailed you to make sure I’ve understood it just right. 

Also, he’s going to be reading the book soon and going through it to separate fact from lies.