Case 99

Becky Watts

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Case 99

Becky Watts

Major violent crimes are rare in Bristol, providing residents with the peace of mind that their community is safe and protected.

This communal sense of security was shaken in late February 2015, by a Facebook post originating from Bristol. The post featured an image of a teenage girl, with the accompanying text reading, quote:

“PLEASE SHARE. Missing 16-year-old girl. Please private message if you have seen her or know anything.”

 

Not long after, a second unsettling Facebook post was appearing across feeds. This one reading, quote:

“Please, if anyone has seen or heard from my daughter just let me know she is safe. She went missing on Thursday 19 February at 11.15am to meet her boyfriend and never arrived… She hasn’t been seen by any of her friends, police have started a search. I’m really scared now. I want her home.”  

Within days, the original Facebook posts had been shared hundreds of times and the hashtag #FindBecky was trending on Twitter. Thousands of flyers were scattered throughout the streets of Bristol, featuring two candid photos of the missing teenage girl who was making waves across social media.

The flyer read:

“Help Us to Find Missing Rebecca Watts.

We are appealing for the public’s help to find missing teenager Rebecca Watts who has gone missing in the St George area of Bristol. She went missing from the Crown Hill area on the morning of Thursday, February 19. It is out of character for her not to contact someone if she is not returning home.

Rebecca is described as a white girl, aged 16, about 5 foot 4 inches of slim build with long reddish-brown hair. She may be wearing a blue puffer-style jacket.

We would like Rebecca or anyone who knows where she is to contact us to confirm she is alright.”

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

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If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher

Additional writing and editing by Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Becky: The Heartbreaking Story of Becky Watts by Her Father Darren Galsworthy – Darren Galsworthy

 

MAPS:

Key locations in Becky Watts investigation

 

TIMELINE:

Becky Watts: timeline of the 16-year-old’s disappearance – The Guardian

 

VIDEOS:

Murder of Becky Watts: Police Tapes – ITV Documentary

 

ARTICLES:

Becky Watts: a shy girl who was growing in confidence – The Guardian

Becky Watts: Shauna Hoare charged with teenager’s murder – The Guardian

Becky Watts murder trial: Schoolgirl sent boyfriend tragic “I love you so much” final text hours before death – Mirror

The last text message of Becky Watts – The Sun

Becky Watts was happy and relaxed in days before she was killed, jury told – The Guardian

Becky Watts trial: Photographs show cluttered scene of teenagers ‘murder’ – Independent

Becky Watts murder trial: How the crime that shocked the nation unfolded – Mirror

Becky Watts murder trial: Live updates from Day 6 as jury hear more prosecution evidence – Mirror

‘Have you kidnapped her?’ Mother of Becky Watt’s ‘killer’ joked with her daughter and the teen’s stepbrother when the couple started coming round to her house while girl was missing – Daily Mail

Becky Watts murder trial: Judge cries as Nathan Matthews is sentenced to life in prison – Independent

Becky Watts funeral: relatives pay tribute to ‘angel of Bristol’ – The Guardian

Becky Watts funeral ‘celebration of her life’ – BBC News

Bury Me With Becky: Dying wish of murdered Becky Watts’ step mum is to be buried with teen and see guilty son one last time – The Sun

Becky Watts: case review finds eight services failed murdered teenager – The Guardian

Becky Watts’s body ‘was cut into eight parts and put in Asda carrier bags’ – The Independent

Self-confessed monster with a twister soul – Daily Mail

 

ADDITIONAL SOURCES:

Full transcript of Nathan Matthews confession – Mirror

Tribute to Becky Watts from her mum Tanya

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Scentbird – 50% off your first month with a promo code ‘casefile’

SimplySafe – Protect your home and your family today

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription

Hostage – New podcast examining tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even hostage’s parents

Major violent crimes are rare in Bristol, providing residents with the peace of mind that their community is safe and protected.

This communal sense of security was shaken in late February 2015, by a Facebook post originating from Bristol. The post featured an image of a teenage girl, with the accompanying text reading, quote:

“PLEASE SHARE. Missing 16-year-old girl. Please private message if you have seen her or know anything.”

Not long after, a second unsettling Facebook post was appearing across feeds. This one reading, quote:

“Please, if anyone has seen or heard from my daughter just let me know she is safe. She went missing on Thursday 19 February at 11.15am to meet her boyfriend and never arrived… She hasn’t been seen by any of her friends, police have started a search. I’m really scared now. I want her home.”  

Within days, the original Facebook posts had been shared hundreds of times and the hashtag #FindBecky was trending on Twitter. Thousands of flyers were scattered throughout the streets of Bristol, featuring two candid photos of the missing teenage girl who was making waves across social media.

The flyer read:

“Help Us to Find Missing Rebecca Watts.

We are appealing for the public’s help to find missing teenager Rebecca Watts who has gone missing in the St George area of Bristol. She went missing from the Crown Hill area on the morning of Thursday, February 19. It is out of character for her not to contact someone if she is not returning home.

Rebecca is described as a white girl, aged 16, about 5 foot 4 inches of slim build with long reddish-brown hair. She may be wearing a blue puffer-style jacket.

We would like Rebecca or anyone who knows where she is to contact us to confirm she is alright.”

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

______

If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Victoria Dieffenbacher

Additional writing and editing by Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

Becky: The Heartbreaking Story of Becky Watts by Her Father Darren Galsworthy – Darren Galsworthy

 

MAPS:

Key locations in Becky Watts investigation

 

TIMELINE:

Becky Watts: timeline of the 16-year-old’s disappearance – The Guardian

 

VIDEOS:

Murder of Becky Watts: Police Tapes – ITV Documentary

 

ARTICLES:

Becky Watts: a shy girl who was growing in confidence – The Guardian

Becky Watts: Shauna Hoare charged with teenager’s murder – The Guardian

Becky Watts murder trial: Schoolgirl sent boyfriend tragic “I love you so much” final text hours before death – Mirror

The last text message of Becky Watts – The Sun

Becky Watts was happy and relaxed in days before she was killed, jury told – The Guardian

Becky Watts trial: Photographs show cluttered scene of teenagers ‘murder’ – Independent

Becky Watts murder trial: How the crime that shocked the nation unfolded – Mirror

Becky Watts murder trial: Live updates from Day 6 as jury hear more prosecution evidence – Mirror

‘Have you kidnapped her?’ Mother of Becky Watt’s ‘killer’ joked with her daughter and the teen’s stepbrother when the couple started coming round to her house while girl was missing – Daily Mail

Becky Watts murder trial: Judge cries as Nathan Matthews is sentenced to life in prison – Independent

Becky Watts funeral: relatives pay tribute to ‘angel of Bristol’ – The Guardian

Becky Watts funeral ‘celebration of her life’ – BBC News

Bury Me With Becky: Dying wish of murdered Becky Watts’ step mum is to be buried with teen and see guilty son one last time – The Sun

Becky Watts: case review finds eight services failed murdered teenager – The Guardian

Becky Watts’s body ‘was cut into eight parts and put in Asda carrier bags’ – The Independent

Self-confessed monster with a twister soul – Daily Mail

 

ADDITIONAL SOURCES:

Full transcript of Nathan Matthews confession – Mirror

Tribute to Becky Watts from her mum Tanya

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

Scentbird – 50% off your first month with a promo code ‘casefile’

SimplySafe – Protect your home and your family today

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription

Hostage – New podcast examining tactics used by the FBI’s crisis negotiation unit, world governments, and even hostage’s parents

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