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Rachelle Waterman, Blogger, Arrested For First-Degree Murder

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"Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered"

That's how Rachelle Ann Monica Waterman, 16, last journal entry began at her website My Crappy Life (Click image on right for a screenshot of her blog).

Anchorage Daily News

Sixteen-year-old Rachelle A. Waterman would appear to be any parent's ideal child -- an honor student, an athlete, a gifted singer. But for months, she planned her mother's murder with two of her former boyfriends who are eight years her senior, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Two weekends ago on Southeast's Prince of Wales Island, their plot ended in the death of 48-year-old Lauri Waterman of Craig, according to court papers.

Lauri Waterman, a teacher's aide and community activist, was killed by one of the men using a blunt object, the papers say. Her body was burned when the men torched her van off a remote logging road.

Rachelle Waterman and the two 24-year-olds, Brian James Radel of Thorne Bay and Jason Allen Arrant of Klawock, have been charged with first-degree murder.


The weekend her mother was killed, Nov. 13 and 14, Rachelle Waterman and her team were playing in Anchorage at the Class 3A state volleyball tournament.

The timing of the tournament played a key role in the crime, troopers said. Carl Waterman also was out of town that weekend. The plotters felt the time was right to abduct Lauri Waterman, Sgt. Randy McPherron of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation said ...

"This had been plotted for months," McPherron said. "She made the initial solicitation for the murder (to Arrant) sometime in the summer. After she enlisted the aid of Arrant, Arrant talked to Radel."

You read that right. A 16-year-old girl had two 24-year-old guys carrying out the murder of her mother. Here's more on the details of how it took place.
On Nov. 13, Arrant drove Radel to Klawock, a few miles north of Craig, to buy duct tape and gloves, court papers say. Near midnight he drove Radel to a spot near the Waterman home.

Armed with information from Rachelle Waterman about how to enter the home, Radel climbed in through a ground-floor window. Radel is 6 feet 5 inches and 250 pounds, about twice the size of the 130-pound woman, McPherron said.

"She was asleep when he first attacked her, and he quickly got control of her," he said.

Radel bound her feet and hands and gagged her. He put her on the floor of the back-seat area of her 1998 Plymouth Voyager and drove off to meet Arrant, according to the court documents.

Radel was almost always the hands-on conspirator and was the one who struck the fatal blow, although Arrant was present, according to McPherron. The plan to stage a crash collapsed for some reason, and the woman was killed on a bridge over Yatuk Creek near the Naukati logging camp about 30 miles north of Craig, he said.

The men drove in separate vehicles back south to a logging road east of Craig. There Radel doused the body and the van in gasoline.

That was sometime after 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 14. A hunter in the area found the smoldering van with Lauri Waterman's burned body shortly after noon.

So, how did investigators figure out the plot? Well of course they went to the blabbermouth blogger girl and apparently she spilled all.
Rachelle Waterman has kept an online journal for most of this year. She wrote that her mother thought she was fat and grounded her without food.

"My mom finally gave me back the right to eat but wants to send me to fat camp this summer," says her entry for May 12. "... I agree I'm chunky but if she sends me off I'll be the skinny girl and get sat apon. That part wouldn't be funny, but overall it's quite amusing. Silly mother."

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wow. thats not only truly disturbing, but unbelieveable.

Posted by: ang on November 29, 2004 10:56 AM

It was only a matter of time.

Posted by: Maureen on November 29, 2004 02:00 PM

We catch a lot of pedophiles due to their lurking in chatrooms and IM'ing.

And with more and more people using computers as journals (and believing either passwords or deleting documents protects them) they leave a wide trail of evidence.

BTW... Parents? Snoop on your kids; discreetly of course, but butt into their business -- read their diaries (install spyware) know where they hang and with whom. It may save your childs life or even your own.

Posted by: Darleen on November 29, 2004 04:42 PM

Well, this just proved to my husband that he is right. Bloggers blog because they talk too much. :P

Seriously, this is totally messed up!

Posted by: Rogue on November 29, 2004 05:15 PM


Posted by: Willy on November 30, 2004 07:55 AM

Hmmmmm. Brat probably did it because her mom wouldn't let her stay out past cerfew. What is with these little shits these days?

Posted by: Catherine on November 30, 2004 10:23 AM

- Is this the adelpated brainless "head room" thrill of being able to casually toss off a post announcing your own Mothers murder, like you'd order a extra large fry's at Burger King. Did she think everyone would feel her self-justified "angst" over being grounded and imagine her peers nodding in agreement. This young lady has issues that defy words. Just guessing but I would bet she was also an avid "gammer"....Problem is there are no "reset" buttons in the real world....

Posted by: Hunter on November 30, 2004 01:38 PM

I randomly found your blog by doing a search on this story. When I read about it (while actually going through LJ), I found that absolutely insane. I agree with "Hunter". That young girl blogged about the murder of her mother as if it was something to brag about. Of course she was going to get caught.. writing about it on an online journal. I was almost at loss of words... just.. wow.

Posted by: Tiffany on November 30, 2004 03:25 PM

I was reading around on this one and now making some comments about it on my own message board under true crime. It intrigued me because it makes you wonder what the fuck is going through her mind to even want to do such an insidious act, especially to be an honor student and to take part in school sports. It is one of those things that really makes you think about what you see online. I am posting some about this on the Evil Now Message Boards. But damn, I cannot believe she would actually do that sort of thing.

Posted by: Nickolaus Pacione on December 1, 2004 12:11 PM

I just want to say that this ISN'T normal behavior, for ANYONE. Not for 16 year old girls, for bloggers, for anyone. Just because this girl was sick enough to engineer her mother's murder does not by any means indicate that this is what bloggers do, or how they act.

Posted by: theravenflower on December 1, 2004 09:43 PM

I agree ravenflower -- it makes you want to pick apart this one's brain even further because what was in her mind when she actually got the act done. The shocking thing about it is that her mother wanted her to go to fat camp. We got a discussion going about it on another message board and it would be interesting to see what kind of responses I get for it. I could easy see this thing becoming a true crime novel given the right research or a novel that is written off the events of the crime. It is one disturbing little deal either way.
       Something like this always seems to peak some kind of curiousity from both ends; just that no one had ever seen a murderer's online journal before. I posted my comments about the crime on my blog at melodramatic.com; it was more a rant about the events and the thing that got me is why.

Posted by: Nickolaus Pacione on December 2, 2004 12:53 AM

I'm trying to ponder the other side of the equation. Her mom was going to force her to play softball and was constantly on her about her weight - which from what I can see from her pictures is purely genetic. She's got a lot of English blood in her which makes her face seem fat. Lot of Australians have this too (while Americans - it's all ass) (and thighs).
The kid was a coward to not do this herself but then brag about it. I wish someone had gotten a screenshot of her confessing. The above screenshot is very clipped - like a lawyer told her what to write. This impacts me because of an incident last year. If you're curious - hit my blog and my memories around late Feb 2003. It's about a kid who was dared to kill his mother on the phone by a couple of girls. I lost a friend that day and her husband will never be the same.

Posted by: Disgruntled_Girl on December 2, 2004 05:55 AM

When you go to add up that other equation it just doesn't add up. I was planning to do a post about this kid as well on xanga but I got a post about it on my message board so if you want to respond to it over there feel free. I think the conclusion to this homicidal teen would be it will never add up even when they talk about the case ten years from now and the macabre details of how it came to be. One of the boyfriends looked like he played too much Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, the other one looked like he had a criminal record.

Posted by: Nickolaus Pacione on December 2, 2004 07:24 AM

this dummy has screwed her life up. alaskan prison is no picnic.
NOW she really has A CRAPPY LIFE.

Posted by: maxx on December 5, 2004 07:42 AM

Tom Miller at the Ketchikan Daily News, in Ketchikan, Alaska, has possibly uncovered what happened to Rachelle's missing Web comments.

From the KDN Dec. 29, 2004 paper:

Judge rejects bail reduction

Waterman still needs $150,000

Daily News Staff Writer
Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins on Tuesday rejected murder suspect Rachelle Waterman’s request for a reduction in her required bail and release to her father’s home in Craig.
Waterman, 16, along with two 24-year-old men, is accused of plotting the Nov. 14 murder of her mother, 48-year-old Lauri Waterman of Craig.
Rachelle Waterman is in custody at Juneau’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $150,000 bail. Her co-defendants, Jason Arrant of Klawock and Brian Radel of Thorne Bay, are housed at Ketchikan Correctional Center on $250,000 bail each. All three are tentatively scheduled to stand trial beginning Feb. 3.
Alaska State Troopers have said all three defendants admitted planning the murder over a period of months and that Rachelle Waterman suggested the deed be accomplished while she was at a volleyball tournament in Anchorage, and while her father was on a trip to Juneau, leaving the mother home alone. Rachelle Waterman has a brother who attends college in Washington state.
Troopers said that under questioning, both Radel and Arrant admitted their own parts in the killing. At first, both men denied Rachelle Waterman’s involvement but then stated that it was her idea and that it was done at her request, according to troopers’ statements.
At Tuesday’s bail hearing recorded in Ketchikan Superior Court, Rachelle Waterman’s attorney, Steven Wells, asked Collins to require a $50,000 bond with a $10,000 cash posting, and to release his client to the custody of her father, Doc Waterman. Wells also proposed two secondary custodians — Ralph Mackie and Don Pierce — who both testified that they were longtime friends of the Waterman family.
Under lengthy questioning by Wells and by Ketchikan Assistant District Attorney Dan Schally, all three men testified that they understood the obligations of a third-party custodian and would report the defendant to authorities for even the slightest violation.
Doc Waterman said, “There would be an emotional consequence (to reporting a violation), but I believe that I would do what I’m supposed to do.”
Schally asked Doc Waterman whether he was aware that some Prince of Wales Island residents had expressed strong opposition Rachelle Waterman’s potential release to the community. Wells objected to the question, but Collins permitted Doc Waterman to answer it.
“It doesn’t cause me any concerns that I can’t overcome,” Doc Waterman said.
When Schally asked whether the father was aware of threats to his daughter’s physical safety, were she to be released, Wells objected again and Collins agreed to stop the line of questioning.
Wells asked Doc Waterman whether it would be a problem for him to cope with the unusual situation of acting as custodian for the daughter who is accused of murdering his wife.
“No, I don’t believe it will,” Doc Waterman answered. “As her parent, I’m just as concerned about Rachelle’s welfare as I am about anything else. I can’t bring my wife back. … So, I want to do what I can for Rachelle.”
Don Pierce, who described himself as a next door neighbor to the Watermans, a family friend for 20 years and Rachelle Waterman’s godfather, also said he would have no qualms about reporting any violations of court orders.
“It would break my heart, but I wouldn’t hesitate to do it,” Pierce said.
In arguing in favor of his bail proposal, Wells said any fear that Rachelle Waterman might attempt to flee the area could be addressed by confiscating her driver’s license. That would effectively restrict travel by Alaska Airlines or state ferry, said Wells. And, regarding concern that she would pose a threat to the community, Wells said that at trial, “we’re going to show that Radel and Arrant are lying.”
Rachelle Waterman is charged with planning the murder — not with striking the fatal blow — and troopers have said she had problems with her mother, not with the community, Wells said.
“Your honor,” Wells said, “Ms. Waterman is a 16-year-old kid.”
But Schally said that the case wouldn’t exist without Rachelle Waterman’s involvement. Her romantic relationship with Radel and Arrant was a source of disagreement and tension between the girl and her mother, said Schally. The girl manipulated the men and lied to them, alleging that her mother abused her, said Schally. Under questioning by police, she told the same lie but then took it back, said Schally.
The murder planning went on for months and was attempted and aborted at least once before its successful completion in November, he said.
“This case is all because of her. … She is the lead domino, as it were,” Schally said.
As a result, he said, she is charged as an accomplice in the murder, conspiracy, kidnapping, burglary and tampering with evidence that allegedly occurred in the case.
She has proven her ability to manipulate older people and she very well could be a threat to her father — a parental authority figure like her mother — “especially (in his role) as a third party custodian,” Schally said.
Schally added that he was aware that following her arrest, Rachelle Waterman contacted another former boyfriend from jail and arranged for him to delete or alter portions of her well-publicized Web-based diary. (Portions of her diary, along with more than 5,000 comments responding to statements she made in it, suddenly disappeared about one week after Rachelle Waterman’s arrest.)
None of the serious allegations had changed since Craig Magistrate Kay Clark set bail at $150,000, said Schally. Nothing had changed to justify reducing a cash-only requirement of that amount to a $10,000 posting, he said.
Schally said several Prince of Wales residents had called him to object to her release. That had never happened before in his experience, he said.
Following the attorneys’ statements, Collins said that while she was satisfied that Doc Waterman would act appropriately, “it is an extremely difficult task for a parent to act as third party custodian for their own child.”
She added that the $150,000 cash amount required by Clark was appropriate for the circumstances in this case.

E-mail: tommiller@ketchikandailynews.com

Posted by: Jamay Rellimot on December 30, 2004 01:03 AM

Question now would be:

Is any and all of the "copies" of her blog scattered around the blogsphere to be considered states evidence. That aspect should be immediately looked into by contacting the appropriate authorities and determining if they have the material already (prior to the boy friend redacting everything). If they do not, or are unsure, someone should volunteer to act as a clearing house to reconstruct as much as possible her blog/contents/comments for the time period in question....

- Big Bang Hunter

Posted by: Big Bang Hunter on December 30, 2004 11:32 AM

wow this girl is seriously messed up in here head what the heck was she thiking killing her mom...what a sick person =S

Posted by: yes i have one on January 6, 2005 11:25 AM

So, what was the outcome? Sentenced to? Or not guilty?

Posted by: rev_mom on April 28, 2005 11:25 AM

I cannot believe the brutal crime that has occurred. The defense is painting this picture that she was a teen full of trauma. I am in shock that someone could do this, let alone her own mother. I believe she is guilty!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: tina on May 22, 2006 07:10 PM

all charges were dropped against her.

Posted by: thegirl on November 27, 2006 01:41 PM

Rachelle did have a mistrial in this case and the judge made a decision to throw out her confession. The prosecutors appealed and much, but not all, of the confession was restored. A second grand jury has indicted her again, recently, on mostly similar charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and lesser charges. She is to be tried again, this time here in Ketchikan, in the fall.

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