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The Von Haessler Doctrine

Weekdays, 9AM-12PM

Eric Von Haessler

The Von Haessler Doctrine

The steadfast Libertarian with an open mind, Atlanta radio listeners have been tuning in to hear the commentary and humor of Eric Von Haessler for nearly 20 years. "Think of 'The Von Haessler Doctrine' as The World According to Eric”, says Eric.

The Von Haessler Doctrine S5/E012 - GEN-ERIC

Topics: Join Eric and the Doctrinaires as they chat about Silent Sam, opioids, roller coaster rides, and much more! "Sponsored by Mr. Mister Mosquito Control"
Posted: August 21, 2018

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The Von Haessler Doctrine S5/E011 - Dream Trash

Topics: Join Eric, Clark Howard, and the Doctrinaires as they chat about truth being truth, National Radio Day, hands-free sex, and much more! "Sponsored by Mr. Mister Mosquito Control"
Posted: August 20, 2018

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The Von Haessler Doctrine S5/E010 - Forward Friday

Topics: Join Eric and the Doctrinaires as they chat about military parades, functional idiots, marijuana drinks, and much more! "Sponsored by Mr. Mister Mosquito Control"
Posted: August 17, 2018

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Headlines: Trump listening to outside advisers, not insiders, on fight with DOJ  Report: U.S., China Agree on Terms to Lift Restrictions on ZTE  Starbucks Says Drug Use, Sleeping Unacceptable as It Clarifies Guest Policy  Spotify Turns to Far-Left Activist Groups to Censor Music as They Clap Down on 'Hate Content'  Man dies after Tesla crashes into San Francisco area pond  Humans Are Just 0.01% of Life on Earth  Brett Favre reveals he went to rehab three times during playing career  Bill Crane In Studio:  2018 Primary Election Results  More Headlines:  Putin's 'unlimited range' nuclear missile crashed after 22 miles, US intelligence sources claim  China to Cut Import Duty on Cars to 15% After Truce With Trump  Treasury Department unveils sanctions on 5 Iranians  Orlando Police Testing Amazon's Real-Time Facial Recognition  Pope's reported comment to a gay man may indicate a new level of acceptance of homosexuality  Judge orders man, 30, out of parents' home after months-long battle: 'I want you out'  NFL weighs 15-yard penalties for kneeling during national anthem: report  Kendrick Lamar kicks white fan offstage for rapping N-word  From Studio B1:  Roger Goodell wants Congress to create uniform betting standards  Charlize Theron To Play Megyn Kelly In Fox News Movie At Annapurna  'American Idol' finale drives angry fans to social media to complain about the results  Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it: Summa … Laude.  Florida city warns residents of power outage, zombies  Interstellar asteroid found orbiting Jupiter backwards  Today’s Trump Dump:  Trump: Kim summit ‘may not work out’ in June  DHS secretary pushes back on assessment that Russia meddled to help Trump  Schumer calls for removal of North Korean leader’s face from commemorative coin  Trump's iPhone use reportedly ignores 'inconvenient' security advice  Trump floats management changes instead of sanctions for China's ZTE  Other News:  Paul Ryan shrugs off suggestions of an early leadership exit  U.S. Moves to Shutter All Iranian Nuclear Enrichment Sites in Major Reversal of Obama Policy  US sends powerful warship to Japan amid looming Trump-Kim summit  Afghan official: Taliban kill 5 workers clearing land mines  Beating Republicans in November will be harder than Democrats thought  Mystery in Mueller probe: Where's the hacking indictment?  GOP fundraiser subpoenas AP over hacked emails, setting up legal showdown  Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti faces increased scrutiny over taxes, business dealings  National Die-In Day: US high schoolers to protest inaction on gun control  Gender inequality: Stars tell world leaders poverty is sexist  Manhunt for 2 escaped murder suspects widens to 3 states  Suspects in killing of Baltimore County police officer arrested, eyed in burglaries in area  Kansas man pleads guilty to hate crime charges in death of immigrant  Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant  Scientists reveal likely cause of childhood leukaemia  A Woman Has Been Named As NYSE President  The Rockets Refused To Die And Tied The Series  Mac Miller's Blood Alcohol Level Was Twice the Legal Limit in DUI Crash: Report  All-Star Race buzz still has many in NASCAR talking  Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine released on $25K bail after allegedly assaulting cop  Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, shuts down  R. Kelly Accused of Sexual Battery in New Lawsuit  Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85 
The Host
Atlanta radio listeners have been tuning in to hear the commentary and humor of Eric Von Haessler for nearly 20 years. He co-founded 'The Regular Guys' show in Los Angeles in 1995 before bringing that show to the ATL and 96 Rock in 1998. 'The Regular Guys' show quickly became a ratings juggernaut and genuine Atlanta radio institution.  After running afoul of the FCC and political correctness one too many times the show left 96 Rock and was revived on Rock 100.5 from 2008 to 2013. Through it all Haessler continued to please audiences as the steadfast Libertarian with an open mind, and the driver of the daily 'News Jog' segment. Eric was—by his own account—the worst stand-up comedian of the roaring 80’s. He began his radio career by producing a Top 40 morning show in the early 90's in Western N.Y. and quickly knew he had found a home for his talents. Radio hasn't been able to get rid of him since. Now Eric is on-air with ‘The Von Haessler Doctrine’, live on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB. He also creates three shows per week (The Digital Doctrine) that are available only on the WSB Radio app. Von Haessler:  'After leaving The Regular Guys in 2013, I wanted to be smart about choosing my next radio show. I didn't want to do anything without creative control. I've seen too many friends leave a successful show and disappoint themselves and their fans by jumping on to somebody else's idea of good radio. WSB is obviously the best radio station in town and it's just my good fortune that they trust me to do the show I want to do.” 'Think of 'The Von Haessler Doctrine' as -The World According to Eric”, says Von Haessler, “I'm sick and tired of self-righteous people yelling past one another and calling it political debate. I've had enough of political tribes that continually look to undermine one another and call it good governance. It's time to start acting like adults again. Enough of the whining and moaning. It's time to get back to work. It's time to build. That's 'The Von Haessler Doctrine.'' 'In some ways I think of it as a comedy show that tackles serious issues. That can get a bit messy at times… but why not get messy? It's fun!'  - Eric Von Haessler. Email the show at vonhaesslerdoctrine@wsbradio.com.

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Von Haessler Doctrine Special Features

Hear bits that Eric and the Doctrinaires played on previous shows!

Demented Don's Protest Song

Topics: President Trump's latest song hits on two fronts that Eric doesn't like.
Posted: August 14, 2018

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Under my Thumb

Topics: Vladimir Putin sings about his buddy, President Trump.
Posted: July 17, 2018

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F-Bombs in History

Topics: Great leaders explain how the f-bomb was actually used effectively to influence future generations.
Posted: July 10, 2018

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The Final Countdown

Topics: President Trump reveals his love of Europe.
Posted: July 09, 2018

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Hands-Free!

Topics: The latest offering from Demented Donald's Parody All Stars.
Posted: July 02, 2018

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Born to be Wild

Topics: Demented Donald's latest parody song.
Posted: June 27, 2018

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Dirty Inside

Topics: President Trump's latest parody takes a shot at the cleanliness of the Red Hen restaurant.
Posted: June 25, 2018

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Blame Obama

Topics: President Trump serenades us and lets us know that it's not his fault.
Posted: June 22, 2018

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Space Force!

Topics: Captain Trump envisions a new military branch.
Posted: June 19, 2018

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President Trump/Kim - Islands in the Stream

Topics: A duet from your two favorite world leaders.
Posted: June 15, 2018

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Dotard vs. Rocketman

Topics: The latest superhero movie trailer has dropped!
Posted: June 11, 2018

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The Battle of Canada Orleans

Topics: President Trump (Tim Andrews) sings an ole' folk song about Canada burning down the White House.
Posted: June 07, 2018

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Trump describes his letter from Kim Jung Un

Topics: Trump got a really big envelope from Kim Jung Un and had to sing about it.
Posted: June 04, 2018

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Trade War on Hold

Topics: Eric called the trade war between the US and China and it is indeed on hold
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A listener sends his love to Autumn

Topics: This is the 'Ode to Autumn Fischer.'
Posted: May 16, 2018

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Audio of President Trump and Sean Hannity's late-night call

Topics: Tim performs this comedy bit on the Von Haessler Doctrine.
Posted: May 16, 2018

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THE DOCTRINAIRES

Jared Yamamoto is the Lead Researcher/Producer for the fastest growing radio show in America, The Von Haessler Doctrine on News 95.5 and AM750 WSB in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a degree in Mass Communications, minoring in Political Science. Jared began his professional radio career in Atlanta at iHeart Radio’s 640 WGST as an Associate Producer for the Rob and Dave Show. Jared then moved to Cox Media Group’s WSB Radio in the fall of 2012 and quickly became the Producer of Atlanta’s Evening News with Erick Erickson. While working at WSB, Jared also produced 2012 U.S. presidential candidate Herman Cain’s nationally syndicated radio show. Jared is a mainstay at WSB and is plugged in with today’s politics, policies and current events and is happy to share them with you. You can hear Jared daily on WSB with the entire gang from 9-11 in the morning.
Autumn met Eric Von Haessler, and her fellow Doctrinaires, while interning for The Regular Guys Show. Eventually, being the friendly hard worker she is, she started working for the promotions department and soon started doing some local and national commercial spots and jingles. She was also given the opportunity to have a radio show with the prestigious time slot of 2am-6am. Autumn worked with Eric on various projects before returning to college to earn her bachelor's degree in Linguistics, concentrating on teaching English as a second language and learning American Sign Language. These skills are proving to be very helpful for her career in radio. After teaching for a year or two, Eric offered her a spot on his podcast which did pretty well, as far as podcasts go, catching the attention of WSB radio. I'm sure Eric's many years in radio had nothing to do with it. Autumn has listened to WSB since she was in Kindergarten. She literally used to have WSB set as the station to wake her up in the morning to go to school. They used to have a 'typical' type of morning radio show. Did you know that? Autumn did...(when she was five). Autumn couldn't be more proud to be a part of a radio station that has made such an impact on her life and in Atlanta radio.
Tim Andrews began his radio career in 1989 working for WNBT-FM in Wellsboro Pennsylvania. After that he moved onto country radio doing “The Cooking Country” show on WQIX-FM in Elmira, NY. Tim moved to Atlanta in 1996 where he got a job with the late Z-93 and eventually made his way to 96 rock where he joined Eric Von Haessler as a producer for The Regular Guys Show. In 2015 Tim left radio to work for Ammazza Pizza in Atlanta. Eric enticed Tim back to radio with promises of laughter, fun, hard work, and the chance to hang out with English Nick. When he's not working Tim likes to have fun with his two dogs cat and lovely girlfriend. He likes comedy, animation, pop-culture, being a fly in the political ointment, and spending way too much time on the Internet. Tim is available for birthday parties or any voiceover need you may have and also hosts a podcast of his own called Radio Labyrinth. Most importantly, Tim loves you!
English Nick has been on Rock Radio in Atlanta since 1999 starting and worked with Eric Von Haessller for the first time during their time together at WKLS 96 Rock. Eric and Nick remained friends ever since and now are so excited to be working together on News 95.5/750 AM WSB. Nick’s is still “talking up the records” as Eric calls it on 97.1 The River 7pm to midnight Monday through Friday. He also is a co owner of Dr Bombay’s tea shop in Candler Park! Nick presents “Outrage Corner” every week on the Von Haessller Doctrine so if you've got some outrage to share, get it to him.
It took Greg three months to write his bio, putting it off by claiming to be busy, though he never really gave any insight into what that meant. When he finally did send something, this is what it read: 'You want to know more about me? Why? What does it matter? Does anyone really care? Just writing about myself and putting it out there as if people are interested is self-serving. People will probably read it and think, 'This guy is a jerk to think I have any regard to his existence.' So, I'd rather not make that assumption. If someone really wants to know more, they can email me. I'll gladly respond to them. When I'm not busy.' After several requests for something a bit more in-depth (most of which were ignored), we received this at 3:37 one morning: 'Okay. I'll write about my radio experience, hopefully quelling any idea I'm a complete fraud. ''I started as an intern for the Regular Guys in January of 2001. It was there I formed a friendship with Eric, though that was quite an uphill battle, as Eric was initially cold and excluding. Maybe it was the backwards baseball hat and ball bearing necklace I would wear at the time. If I saw a guy like that, I would've been cold and excluding too. Eventually I won him over by fooling him into thinking I was funny and smart. ''While interning, the company that owned 96Rock launched a small alternative rock station - 96.7 The Buzz. Being a cheap corporation, they didn't want to hire any real talent, assuming they could get kids around the station to fill out the on-air roster for low pay and promotional items. They were right. I put together a demo and once again I fooled someone into thinking I was funny and smart. Dekker was born. 'Dekker' was the fake name I had to use on the air, as my real name wasn't 'edgy' enough to be a rock 'n' roll DJ. I hated the name Dekker. ''After a few years, I made the jump to 99X, where someone thought I was funny and smart, offering me the night shift. This was the big time. I was ready. I brought my 'A' game. It was going well, until the station was sold and new ownership thought I was too funny and too smart. I was taken off the air for being too creative. Their words, not mine. ''Realizing I was pretty good at tricking people into thinking I was funny and smart, I moved to New York. The next victim of my misrepresentation was WRXP, a new rock station that had launched in the city. It was fine. I was a weekend and fill-in jock. I got to use my real name on the air. The station's transmitter was on top of the Empire State Building, which meant my voice emitted from up there, which I thought was pretty cool. The station was eventually sold and the format was flipped, so we all lost our jobs. Think about that: A whole staff cut because some crazy man convinced a group of well-to-do people who wanted more money that he could deliver that to them if they invested in a news station with an entertainment tilt. Ultimately, the joke was on him, as the station miserably failed. I appreciated his ability to fool others on such a large scale, though. ''Afterward, disenchanted with the industry, I got into video production. I still do that. But Eric pulled me back into radio, and I'm glad he did. It helped me realize that I might actually be funny and smart. Maybe.'
Eric calls me the Pilot of The Von Haessler Doctrine, I make sure they get the show off the ground at 9am and land safely at 12pm. Working on my 22nd year at WSB. In radio 30 years.  Married 25 years. S. Air Force veteran. 34 year old daughter, Sarah won the Mrs. Nebraska America title in 2017. Most enjoyable hobby is powerlifting, helps me carry more guns and ammo. I’m Erick’s go-to source of info for weaponry questions.

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  • A 61-year-old woman was pinned between her car and a gas pump after a four-car crash at a Lithonia gas station, DeKalb County police said.  Her grandchildren were inside the her car at the time, according to Channel 2 Action News.  The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition following the Monday evening wreck at the Circle K gas station in the intersection of Covington Highway and Evans Mill Road, DeKalb County spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said.  Campbell said the woman was pumping gas when a gray vehicle sped into the gas station at a high rate of speed. The car crashed into a pick-up truck, causing it to crash into a Nissan SUV, Campbell said. The SUV slammed into the woman’s car, pinning her against the gas pump.  Campbell said the people, believed to be juveniles, inside the gray vehicle ran from the scene.  No other details were released.  In other news:
  • Georgia is paying attention to what's happening in other states and around the world with measles.  Measles cases have been identified in 21 states and Washington, D.C. --- 107 in all. Georgia has not seen a case since 2016 but three cases have been reported in Florida and experts say that's close enough. Sheila Lovett directs the immunization program for the state and says a 93.3 percent vaccine coverage rate is serving Georgians well. 'There is a level of protection that is there that is keeping the disease out of our communities. Measles cases hit a record high in Europe. 41,000 cases of infection and 37 deaths in the first half of 2018,' she said. 'Europe is very alarming because the cases are widespread. But you have to look at that coverage rate there as well compared to what we have here.' TRENDING STORIES: Plane carrying famous rapper blows 2 tires, will try emergency landing Buford schools superintendent recorded in racist rant, lawsuit says 15-year-old girl rescued; 4 people accused of trafficking, pimping her for sex Facts show the vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing the disease. It's recommended children be vaccinated at 12 months and get a booster between 4 and 6 years old. 'We cannot make them vaccinate their children. What we can do is continue to educate, continue to provide the facts,' she said. Lovett says 'worst case' measles can be a life or death situation, but a vaccine can help protect you from even the mildest complications.  'If you're going to travel is that you've been vaccinated and have received those two doses,' she said. What about the other 7 percent of people who are not vaccinated? That's where we rely on what's called 'herd immunity' since such a high percentage of people who should be vaccinated from this area, they rely on that stat to keep the disease out of the community.. 
  • Marlins right-hander Jose Urena dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension for intentionally hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch. Urena began serving the suspension Tuesday. The Marlins, fearful the Braves might retaliate, had already decided Urena wouldn't pitch against them during a four-game series later this week. 'It seems like there's no reason to open that back up,' manager Don Mattingly said. 'We don't need that.' Urena is expected to return at Boston on Aug. 28. He hit Acuna on the left arm with his first pitch, triggering a melee in the Marlins' 5-2 loss in Atlanta last Wednesday. Acuna went into the game having homered in five straight games, including four homers in the three games against Miami — three of them leading off. Acuna left the game injured but was back in the lineup the next day. Urena was ejected. His next start came Sunday, when he pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game to beat Washington 12-1. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • West Virginia's Republican House speaker resigned Tuesday to run for a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, fueling accusations by Democrats that an unprecedented move to impeach state Supreme Court justices represents a power grab by GOP lawmakers. Speaker Tim Armstead disclosed his plans on Twitter. Though the secretary of state's office has said he's not required to resign, Armstead said he was doing so to make sure his candidacy is above question. House lawmakers recently impeached four of the court's five justices, prompting one to resign. All four were ordered Tuesday to appear in the Senate on Sept. 11 to answer accusations against them. The impeachment probe was sparked by questions involving more than $3 million in renovations to the justices' offices and expanded to broader accusations of corruption, incompetence and neglect of duty. Armstead had recused himself from the House debate over impeachment because he had previously expressed interest in serving on the court. More recently, he and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, a Republican who is not seeking re-election and lost in his bid for the U.S. Senate this spring, both applied to be considered for temporary appointments to the Supreme Court by Gov. Jim Justice. Those appointments would last until the November election is certified. Jenkins has declared himself a candidate for a different seat on the court in the November election, which is officially nonpartisan. The West Virginia Democratic Party said on Twitter of Armstead's resignation, 'No surprise here, more self-serving moves for political gain and abandoning the people of West Virginia in his district.' In a statement announcing his resignation, Armstead said he intends 'to spend as much time as possible meeting West Virginians and earning their trust and their votes to represent them on their Supreme Court of Appeals.' Armstead filed by Tuesday's deadline to run in the nonpartisan race for the vacancy created last month when Menis Ketchum retired and agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud related to his personal use of a state vehicle and fuel. Robin Davis stepped down from the court Aug. 14 after lawmakers voted to impeach her and justices Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman and Beth Walker. Davis and at least one Democratic lawmaker have accused the Republican-led legislature of turning what they said was a legitimate pursuit of charges against Loughry into a blatant attempt to take over the court. Democratic Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer of Monongalia County has called impeaching the other justices 'a power grab ... and using the impeachment process to take over another branch of government.' Jenkins and six other candidates have filed to run for Davis' seat in November. Armstead and nine other candidates have filed to run for the seat Ketchum vacated. Loughry faces six charges related to accusations of spending $363,000 on office renovations, taking home a $42,000 antique desk owned by the state, and lying to a House committee. Loughry, Walker and Workman all face charges of abusing authority by failing to control office expenses and not maintaining policies about the use of state vehicles, office computers at home and other matters. Workman faces two separate impeachment articles related to accusations that she allowed senior status judges to be paid higher wages than are allowed. Armstead was appointed to a House seat from Kanawha County in 1998 to fill a vacancy and was elected later that year. He served as House minority leader and was named speaker in December 2014 after Republicans gained majority control of both the House and Senate for the first time in eight decades. Some Democrats have said the impeachments were strategically timed by majority Republican lawmakers to allow the governor to name their temporary replacements. 'There's never been any time in history where one branch of government supposedly controls another branch,' Senate Democratic leader Roman Perzioso said Monday. 'And for the governor to be able to appoint people to be replaced, obviously there's that apprehension by a lot of the Democratic senators and House members, too.
  • A man accused of shooting and killing a man in a Walmart parking lot appeared in court Tuesday.  Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said that while he does believe Troy Hunte killed Fadil Delkic, a refugee from the Bosnian War, in the parking lot of a Snellville Walmart Sunday, he is not convinced there was malice involved. “Clearly there was provocation on both sides, so that's the reason they made that choice,” Porter said. Sunday afternoon, shoppers at the Scenic Highway store were sent into a panic after a shot was fired outside.  “All you saw was everyone running,” witness Robin Reynolds told Channel 2 Action News. [READ MORE: Bosnian War survivor identified as victim in Walmart parking lot shooting] Witnesses said Hunte, his girlfriend and their child were heading into the store as Delkic was driving away. Hunte's girlfriend apparently thought Delkic pulled too close to them in a crosswalk. TRENDING STORIES: Buford schools superintendent recorded in racist rant, lawsuit says Man arrested in death of Mollie Tibbetts details what happened Girl, 15, says police officer sexually assaulted her for hours; GBI investigating The two argued, she slapped Delkic, then police said Hunte shot and killed the Bosnian refugee.  Hunte made his first court appearance Tuesday on what are now voluntary manslaughter charges.   Porter said the charges may change as his team investigates. He hinted Hunte may claim self-defense. “There are two questions in this case. Number one: Was there a right to defend him or his girlfriend? And number two: Was he justified in using deadly force?” Porter said. Delkic is getting a lot of support. An online fundraising effort has taken in $25,000 in less than a day.  Some of Delkic's family are not only asking why the suspect is not charged with murder, but why the woman who first argued with Delkic has not also been charged. “There was a child to consider. There were other issues that taking her into custody at this point was not necessary for the public safety,” Porter said. Porter said the woman is not entirely cleared yet. “That's something that is still under investigation and she may be (charged),” Porter said.
  • Shanann Watts’ father sobbed in a Colorado courtroom Tuesday as a judge recited the charges against his son-in-law -- charges that indicate detectives believe Chris Watts may have killed his children before his pregnant wife returned home from a business trip.  Chris Watts, 33, of Frederick, was charged Monday with nine felony charges: five counts of first-degree murder, including two for killing a child under the age of 12 while the defendant was in a position of trust, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. He is being held without bail in the Weld County Jail.  The defendant faces a potential death penalty on the murder charges.  In a confession to police, Chris Watts alleged that he strangled Shanann Watts, 34, after seeing her do the same to their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. Disbelieving investigators charged him with all three murders, as well as with the death of the couple’s unborn child.   >> Related story: Colorado father charged with killing pregnant wife, 2 daughters, says wife killed children Shanann Watts was 15 weeks pregnant with a son they planned to name Niko, friends and family have said. A Change.org petition started by friends demands that Colorado adopt a new law, named “Niko’s Law,” to make the killing of an unborn baby like the Watts’ son first-degree murder. As Chris Watts sat stone-faced throughout Tuesday’s proceedings, which were streamed live by CBS Denver, Judge Marcello Kopcow advised Watts of the updated charges levied against him. Watts had been in custody since Wednesday on suspicion of murder and tampering with evidence.  Chris Watts told 9News in Denver in an interview the day before his arrest that he had nothing to do with the deaths of his family.  “Everybody’s going to have their own opinion on anything like this,” Watts said in the TV interview. “I just want people to know that I want my family back. I want them safe and I want them here.” The charges Kopcow read in court state that Chris Watts caused the death of his wife on Aug. 13, the day she and her daughters were reported missing by a friend. The charges related to Bella and Celeste, however, state that he caused their deaths “between and including Aug. 12, 2018, and Aug. 13, 2018.” Shanann Watts was out of town until early Aug. 13.  An arrest affidavit released Monday states that the friend who reported Shanann and the girls missing, Nickole Utoft Atkinson, dropped Shanann off at the Watts’ home just before 2 a.m. that day. The two women had been on a business trip to Arizona for Le-Vel, a health and wellness company that sells nutritional products.  “Nicole (sic) stated Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant and was not feeling well during the trip,” the affidavit states.  Atkinson became concerned later that morning because Shanann Watts missed a 10 a.m. doctor’s appointment and was not answering phone calls or texts. She went to the couple’s home at 2825 Saratoga Trail to check on her.  Read the charges against Chris Watts below. “(Nickole) went to Shanann’s residence and discovered her car in the garage with car seats positioned inside of it,” the affidavit says. “(She) attempted to enter the front door, but a latch prevented it from opening more than three inches.” Atkinson called Chris Watts at work and asked him to return home to check on his wife, the court document reads. She was afraid that Shanann Watts, who reportedly had lupus, had passed out or was suffering some other medical emergency.  Atkinson also called police, who arrived before Chris Watts did. Once Chris Watts arrived and allowed officers into the house, they found Shanann Watts’ personal belongings -- her cellphone, purse, wallet and medication -- inside.  They also found a pair of women’s shoes kicked off by the front door and a suitcase, apparently from her Arizona trip, at the bottom of the stairs, the affidavit states.  Chris Watts initially told investigators that around 4 a.m. that day, he told his wife he wanted a separation. He said it was an emotional conversation, with both of them upset and crying, but that it was not argumentative.  Chris Watts told detectives that when he left for work just before 5:30 a.m., Shanann Watts told him she and the girls would be going to a friend’s home later in the day. He said that he backed his work truck up into the driveway to load some tools into it before leaving.  Read the warrantless arrrest affidavit in the Chris Watts case below. The truck’s movements were captured by a neighbor’s security camera, the affidavit says.  During the investigation into the disappearance of Shanann Watts and her daughters, investigators learned that Chris Watts was having an affair with a female co-worker at Anadarko Petroleum Corp. -- an affair that he denied in previous interviews.  Chris Watts was taken into custody Wednesday night, at which time Anadarko fired him. In a subsequent police interview Thursday, after being allowed to speak to his father, Chris Watts admitted strangling Shanann Watts the morning of Aug. 13, the affidavit states.  “Chris stated after he told Shanann he wanted a separation, he walked downstairs for a moment and then returned to his bedroom to speak with Shanann again,” the affidavit states. “While in the bedroom, via baby monitor located on Shanann’s nightstand, he observed Bella ‘sprawled’ out on her bed and blue and Shanann actively strangling Celeste. “Chris said he went into a rage and ultimately strangled Shanann to death.” Chris Watts told detectives that, when he backed his truck into the driveway, it was his wife and daughters’ bodies he loaded into the back seat, the affidavit states. He said he drove the bodies to an Anadarko work site just north of Roggan, an unincorporated area of Weld County about 40 miles from the family’s home in Frederick.  A Google Maps search using the coordinates of the site, which are included in the affidavit, shows a desolate area in which a dirt road leads to a couple of large oil tanks.  Chris Watts told investigators buried Shanann in a shallow grave near the tanks and dumped his daughters’ bodies inside the tanks.  “Chris was presented an aerial photograph of the tank battery area and identified three separate locations in which he placed the bodies,” the affidavit reads. Prior to Watts’ alleged confession, investigators did a drone search of the site and spotted a bedsheet in a field near the tank battery, the document says. The sheet matched the pattern of pillow cases and a top sheet discovered stuffed into a trash can in Watts’ kitchen earlier Thursday.  Shanann Watts’ body was found that afternoon, buried in a shallow grave near the oil tanks. Bella and Celeste were found inside the tanks, which were almost completely full of crude oil.  The girls’ bodies had been submerged in oil for four days, according to court documents filed by Chris Watts’ defense lawyer. The attorney, James Merson, sought to have defense experts at the autopsies of the victims, and to have DNA swabs done on the necks of the children, an apparent bid to prove that Shanann Watts killed her daughters.  Kopcow on Friday denied the motion to have defense experts present at the autopsies, but granted the request to for DNA swabs of Bella and Celeste’s necks. He denied the defense’s request that their expert take the swabs, however.  “Furthermore, defendant’s request to order prosecution to collect evidence in the manner described by defense expert is denied,” the order reads. “This court cannot order the prosecution and/or coroner how to conduct their investigation.” Kopcow said there was no indication that prosecutors or the coroner would destroy evidence, improperly collect it or fail to collect it.  The disappearance and killings of Shanann, Bella and Celeste Watts have captured national attention, and inspired gut-wrenching emotion from those who knew them. Shanann Watts’ father, Frank Rzucek, tearfully spoke publicly Monday ahead of the news conference at which Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke announced the charges against Chris Watts.  “We would like to thank everyone in the Frederick Police Department and all the agencies involved for working so hard to find my daughter, granddaughters and Niko,” Rzucek said. “Thank you, everyone, for coming out to the candlelight vigil and saying all your prayers. They are greatly appreciated. “Keep the prayers coming for our family.” Rzucek has also been active on his Facebook page, posting photos of Bella and Celeste smiling and playing together. In one post, he uploaded the song “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen.” “Dear Bella and Celeste and Nico,” Rzucek wrote. “Pop Pop loves you. God bless you.” He also posted several photos of Shanann Watts.  “Dad loves you,” he wrote on one. On another, he wrote, “We got you, baby.” Family friends who let Chris Watts stay in their home after his wife and daughters went missing expressed shock over the accusations against him -- and apologized for taking him in and defending him against swirling rumors.  “Had we had any inclination that we thought he was involved at all, no way would I have let him in my house with my wife and kid,” Nick Thayer told 9News Thursday, the day Watts confessed and the bodies were found.  “They were family,” his wife, Amanda Thayer, told the news station. “They spent Thanksgivings with us and Fourth of Julys and all the holidays. It’s just unreal.” The couple, who also took in the Watts family’s dog, Deeter, until Shanann’s family could pick him up, is now left figuring out how to tell their 5-year-old daughter that her playmates are dead. They are also struggling to understand the crime themselves, 9News reported.  “I’m so sorry. We didn’t know. We thought we were doing the right thing,’ Nick Thayer said. “It’s all we can do is say we’re sorry that we defended him on social media. We really had no idea that he was capable of doing something like we’ve.... I hate it. I hate all of this.”