Category Archives: True Crime Interviews

Chris Watts’ Mistress Revealed Affair to Police After His Wife & Kids Vanished: ‘Wanted to Help’

The mistress of admitted triple-murderer Chris Watts said she told police about the affair after he behaved suspiciously when his wife and two daughters went missing and his lies to her were exposed.

Nichol Kessinger, 30, spoke out for the first time in an interview with The Denver Post published Thursday. Kessinger, who met Watts through work, was the woman whose name was redacted from an affidavit for Watts’ arrest which said he was having an affair, a law enforcement source confirms to PEOPLE.

Watts, 33, pleaded guilty last week to the August murders of his wife of nearly six years, 34-year-old Shan’ann Watts, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. He will be formally sentenced to life in prison on Monday.

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Investigating Cause of Death: Serial Killer True Crime Reflects an Author’s Deadly Obsession

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Content warning: This article includes themes of sexual abuse and gender-based violence.

On April 21, 2016, true crime writer Michelle McNamara, age 46, was found dead by husband of 11 years Patton Oswalt. Although it would take another year for a coroner to reveal her killer to be an undiagnosed heart condition combined with the effects of several drugs, Oswalt, a famous comedian, immediately suspected that it was an accidental drug overdose: she had taken a Xanax the night before to try and get some rest, as her obsessive investigation into a nightmarish cold case often kept her up at night.

Reading the posthumously published “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” now, it is impossible to forget two pieces of context that author McNamara could

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Our insatiable appetite for true crime leaves behind a moral hangover

You may or may not consider it a telling indication of what stage we’re at culturally that the first victims in the shiny new Halloween reboot are a pair of true crime podcasters. Before meeting their end at the hands of slasher icon Michael Myers, the film pokes subtle fun at their desire to wring narrative value and meaning out of a slew of senseless spree murders (“I’m an investigative journalist,” one of them says self-assuredly, hours before getting their head kicked in by a serial killer.) This winking satire reflects a growing malaise among audiences of the phenomenally popular true crime revival: does any of this really have a point beyond lurid entertainment? Does it really matter, in the way the creators tell us it does?

Part of that feeling comes down to oversaturation. Since the new wave of true crime kicked into gear with podcasts

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/16/our-insatiable-appetite-for-true-crime-leaves-behind-a-moral-hangover

Patricia Arquette Is Getting the Best Roles of Her Career at 50

Patricia Arquette is one of America’s great actresses, but she has spent her career burrowing under the skin of characters in a way that keeps her just below the radar. In an era when women were often relegated to girlfriend, wife, and mom slots, Arquette always found startling ways to make her roles feel raw and real. Think of the sweet prostitute-turned-outlaw in 1993’s Quentin Tarantino-scripted True Romance, the luminous new mom of David O. Russell’s Flirting with Disaster in 1996, the femme fatale doppelgänger in David Lynch’s Lost Highway in 1997. But Arquette didn’t get nominated for an Oscar until 2015, when she won a supporting-actress award for Boyhood. It was a movie in which we watched her mature over the film’s 12-year production—something quite remarkable in an industry that still discourages actresses from looking their age.

Her latest project, Showtime’s limited series Escape at Dannemora

Read more at: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/11/patricia-arquette-interview-escape-at-dannemora

Op-ed: Putting real words to true crime in ‘verbatim drama’ The Interrogation

Four actors. One room. An interrogation based word-for-word on real transcripts. Story Films co-founder Dave Nath tells us how they brought a 20-year-old case to life for Channel 4.

Tom Hardy carries the entire movie Locke on his own for 85 minutes sat in a car. It was bold, evocative and original – an approach to film-making that I really admired.  When Channel 4 gave me an opportunity to write and direct a low-budget drama two years ago, the result was The Watchman, a thriller set in a single location, a CCTV control room, with one actor: This is England’s Stephen Graham.

Both films were like plays – one for cinema, one for TV.  This concentrated, singular and claustrophobic form of story telling is the antithesis of contemporary mainstream TV drama with its lavish sets, multiple locations and sprawling casts, but in a very

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Joe Manganiello talks about new star-studded project, scripted true crime podcast ‘The Angel Of Vine’, and his …

One of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, Joe Manganiello, has a new project unlike any he has done before called ‘The Angel Of Vine’. Created by Ryan Martz and Oliver Vaquer, ‘The Angel Of Vine’ is a 10-episode scripted true crime podcast about a journalist who uncovers the audio tapes of a 1950s private eye who cracked the greatest unsolved mystery in Hollywood.

MEAWW spoke to Manganiello, who was drawn to the project because of the fascinating way that writer and co-creator Vaquer told the story, along with his fascination of detective stories and the noir genre.

“The writing was absolutely top notch. It was a page turner that kept me intrigued all the way. I also loved the theatrical convention of the found tapes. I thought that was a brilliant way into the story. Also, I’m a fan of detective stories and the noir genre and especially ones in which they

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Despite Plea, Chris Watts’ Mom Doesn’t Believe He Killed His Kids: ‘He Couldn’t Have Done That’

The mother of Chris Watts believes her son is innocent of killing his two young daughters — despite his guilty plea last week to murdering the girls along with his wife.

“He did kill her, but the kids, no,” Cindy Watts said in a Skype interview with Fox 31 Denver. “It’s very difficult, very difficult. I can’t imagine my son doing that. He couldn’t have done that.”

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Examining the Real Life, Crimes & Death of Dirty John’s California Con Man: ‘He Went from Victim to Victim’

John Meehan seemed like the perfect man. The 55-year-old was known as an anesthesiologist who spent a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. Handsome and seemingly successful, he owned multiple homes.

So when divorced Newport Beach, California, interior designer Debra Newell met him online in 2014, she was immediately impressed. Despite some initial red flags and her daughters’ dislike for him, she fell in love and after two months married him in Las Vegas.

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Calif. Shooting Victim Killed Alongside His Close Friend Always ‘Gave the Best Hugs,’ Mom Says

As an event planner, Lorrie Dingman couldn’t help but imagine the future wedding of her eldest son, Blake.

At 21, Blake was still living at home, still mastering adulthood, but she knew he had time.

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A gunman’s bullet changed all of that. On Wednesday, shortly before midnight, Blake

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Chris Watts’ Parents Claims Son’s Marriage Was Abusive | PEOPLE …

The parents of Chris Watts are speaking out, claiming their son is not a “monster” despite pleading guilty to murdering his wife and two young daughters.

In an interview with local station KMGH, Ronnie and Cindy Watts said their son was once easygoing and “normal.”

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“He

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