Sady Swanson Fort Collins Coloradoan Published 1:48 p.m. UTC Aug 24, 2018 FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Friends, neighbors and social media describe the Watts family as "perfect," but after the Colorado husband was arrested on suspicion of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters, many are left wondering how and why. Christopher Watts, 33, is accused of killing his wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two children, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, after Shanann returned from a business trip in the early morning hours of Aug. 13. Watts told police he and Shanann spoke "emotionally" about possibly separating early that morning, and after that conversation Shanann strangled both children. Watts then admitted to strangling Shanann in a fit of rage, according to arrest documents. Police were first alerted to Shanann's disappearance on Aug. 13 by a friend who said Shanann wasn't answering her phone just hours after she had dropped Shanann off at home from … [Read more...] about Chris and Shanann Watts’ friends in Colorado saw a ‘perfect’ family. What led to 3 deaths?
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What is it about this doper I admire so much? Well, let's see now. He swears more than I do and does rage better than anyone I know. His name is synonymous with lies and deceit but I've never met a bike rider who speaks more truth. He won a stage of the Tour de France once that was the greatest I've ever witnessed, and possibly the greatest of all time. He was an extraordinary bike rider, but he's an even better person. Ten weeks ago . . . We're sitting in a midtown bar in Manhattan and he's telling me a story from his childhood about a game they played in school that kind of explains him. A mix of 'Blind Man's Bluff' and 'Liar's Poker', the teacher would gather them all around, he says, and slip one of them a note with a secret they had to defend. One day it was Floyd's turn and within seconds of being selected he had turned bright red. "They knew I had it immediately," he says. "I was supposed to bluff and answer questions but I couldn't do it. I could not tell lies. It seems … [Read more...] about Paul Kimmage talks to Floyd Landis
A BRIDE-to-be stabbed her fiancé to death after he invited his ex-lover to their wedding, according to reports. Jacqueline Souza, 31, was arrested after her fiancé, Brandon Watkins, 33, was stabbed with a steak knife at the couple's Colorado Springs home. Souza told cops the groom wanted to invite a woman he once had an affair with, causing Souza to believe the relationship was ongoing. When police arrived, they discovered Watkins unresponsive on the kitchen floor and a bloody steak knife on the table. The pair had been at a bar to celebrate their upcoming wedding in Las Vegas, when they began fighting over the guest list. Souza — who was reportedly in the process of divorcing another man while planning her wedding to Watkins — said they had been engaged since late June. She originally told cops she found Watkins with a steak knife in his chest after visiting the bathroom. Police, however, didn’t find any signs of a possible break-in. The would-be … [Read more...] about Bride-to-be ‘kills fiancé with a steak knife after he invited his ex-girlfriend to their wedding’
Produced by Ruth Chenetz and Lindsey Schwartz [This story previously aired on June 24, 2017] Rocky Mountain National Park is a place known for its soaring beauty, majestic wildlife and inspiring serenity, but in September of 2012, it was a site of heartbreak. The story of how love might have gone murderously wrong begins with a joyful time. Dr. Toni Bertolet, a sophisticated Southern belle, met Harold Henthorn in 1999. Toni's brother, Barry, was pleased his 37-year-old sister had found the kind of man she was looking for. "I was extraordinarily happy for my sister. ...It appeared that she found her true love. And if she was happy, I was happy," Barry Bertolet told "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant. "She experimented with Christian Matchmakers. ...And she met this guy named Harold Henthorn. ... Her comments were that he was very kind, he was very romantic, he was very smart." Both had lost their first spouse under dramatically different circumstances. Toni's marriage had … [Read more...] about Is a Colorado man unlucky — or a killer?
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A hunch from a retired detective helped lead police to a man suspected of shooting six people to death in the Phoenix area, some of whom were connected to his divorce, authorities said after the assailant killed himself with officers closing in. A round-the-clock investigation that began late last week led police Monday to an extended-stay hotel in suburban Scottsdale where 56-year-old Dwight Lamon Jones was staying. As officers approached, they heard gunfire and found his body. Jones' victims included a well-known forensic psychiatrist who testified against him in court in 2010, two paralegals who worked for the law office that represented the suspect's wife, a marriage-and-divorce counselor who was apparently targeted in a case of mistaken identity and another man and woman who have not been identified, authorities said. In an unexpected twist, the suspect's ex-wife, Connie Jones, said her current husband, a retired police detective, made the connection between … [Read more...] about Retired detective’s hunch leads police to suspected serial killer in Arizona