Justice for suffering family of murdered pregnant mom and her children
Justice for suffering family of murdered pregnant mom and her children
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Latest: Nov. 12, 2021
An update from Frankie
I want to thank all of you who have generously donated to this cause. I also want to update you all on our progress so far in putting an end to the online torment which has affected me and my family.…Read more
Who I am?
My name is Frankie Rzucek. On 13 August 2018, my only sister, Shanann Watts along with her two daughters Bella Marie and Celeste, aged 4 and 3, and unborn son Nico, were brutally murdered by her husband (and their father) Chris Watts.
Following several days of attempting to conceal the murders and manipulating the police, Watts eventually confessed to murdering my family, by suffocating them and dumping their bodies into oil tanks. A heartless and cruel act he committed because he had a lover and sought to start a new life.
My sister, nor my beautiful nieces and soon to be nephew did not deserve the tragic fate that was met before them. My sister was an inspiration to many, she was a strong, selfless woman who worked hard for her family and adored her children in every possible way. Whilst my nieces with their precious smiles and kind little hearts had their whole lives ahead of them.
It is nearly impossible to describe the devastation of my family, particularly my parents who have lost their only daughter and grandchildren to a psychotic murderer.
Each day that passes by, my mother, my father and I mourn the death of our beloved family and pray that their souls rest ever so peacefully.
Why am I raising funds?
Following the murder of my sister and her children in 2018, my family and I have been attacked on social media by online trolls from all over the world. These online trolls are sending us floods of threatening, bullying and abusive messages, many of which in a sick way blame my sister for her own murder, and suggest my family and I have taken bribes to conceal parts of the murder investigation, in an attempt to free the actual culprits.
It deeply saddens us that even in times of death, in what has been the hardest time of our lives, these online trolls have gone to such lengths to dishonour my sister and my family by fabricating slanderous, callous, and outright false claims about us. This cannot continue and we are fighting for justice.
In 2020, a Netflix documentary was produced by director Jenny Popplewell, by using raw, first-hand footage and evidence to depict the tragic murders committed by Watts.
My family and I worked alongside Ms Popplewell and stood in full support of the documentary, because it gave my family and I a platform to voice the truth, silence the online trolls, raise awareness for domestic violence and highlight the sheer evilness committed by Watts. This would have been the wishes of my late sister.
Despite this, one of the main instigators of this harassment campaign, continued to harass and attack our family. This user is UK based and has dedicated a substantial amount of his time dissecting my sister’s murder case, and in the process of doing so has invented many unfounded theories and claims about my sister and our family.
Just to name a few, he has asserted that there was an accomplice to the murders committed, that I hold a criminal record and that we as a family are profiting from these tragedies.
This internet user has amassed a fan base of so far 66.6k subscribers, who like him, have also developed an unhealthy obsession with the murder of my sister and her children, and inundated my family and I with threatening and abusive messages online.
The online trolls and internet user responsible for the cruel campaign of harassment and defamation against us, have full knowledge that we do not have the means to put a stop to this. We are simple people with limited means, who have never left the US, let alone travelled to the UK.
So many of you have already shown my family and I so much support and love, of which we are eternally grateful for. However, as this matter is escalating, we are now fighting for justice and seek your help and donations to successfully do so.
Why I ask for your support?
With the support of my solicitors, Cohen Davis, an award-winning social media specialist firm, who have agreed to work on our case under reduced legal fees, we are planning to commence a case of harassment and defamation in the High Court, against a number of the positively identified online trolls.
As a family, we have limited means, a fact that I believe the online trolls are counting on to continue to inflict pain and suffering on us, without any consequence to them.
We hope that you as good, generous and justice-seeking people will support us in bringing the harassment campaign to an end once and for all. Something we will never be able to do without your support.
All we want is for Shanann, Bella Marie, Celeste and Nico’s legacy to be respected. With your generous help and support, my family and I will be able to bring this injustice to an end and put a stop to the harassment we are receiving from the online trolls and internet user.
How much I am trying to raise?
I am hoping to raise £25,000 with a “stretch” target of £45,000 to fund the legal costs in bringing a case of defamation and harassment against the online trolls, and specifically the internet user.
I have already committed nearly £5,000 to this case which was part of what I raised through my GoFundMe Page. I have collected a further £5,000 which will also go towards my solicitor’s fees. However, the funds I have raised to date will not cover the entire legal expense of my case, which is why my family and I need your help.
The solicitors are currently preparing the case but there is a huge amount of preparation required to initiate proceedings. This includes the preservation and evaluation of thousands of posts, documents, and videos, something of which my solicitors, along with other good-natured people in the UK, have already begun committing their time to.
Why this case is important?
Online trolls’ prey on the vulnerability of innocent people. We, a grieving family, have fallen victim to this cruel and vicious online hate, because these trolls have considered us to be a weak and vulnerable easy target.
It is unacceptable that these online trolls should be allowed to hide behind the mask that is the internet, and bully vulnerable families, such as mine, without any real consequences. Online trolls must begin to understand that this is not acceptable and will in no way be tolerated by my family anymore. Especially when the abuse is being directed towards deceased members of my family.
Anyone can fall victim to online trolls and abuse, and so we must stand together in order to put these kinds of ordeals to an end.
Nov. 12, 2021
An update from Frankie
I want to thank all of you who have generously donated to this cause. I also want to update you all on our progress so far in putting an end to the online torment which has affected me and my family.
Thank you so much to everyone who is making this possible. We are all touched by how much people care and are very grateful for the many good people in the world who are making a real effort to support us.
There has been some positive coverage of the case, which you can read here:
Legal team update
Thanks to your donations, Cohen Davis' legal team have finalised the first stage of their preparations. This included gathering the evidence and identifying the parts which are most harassing and defamatory.
The legal team have indicated that the evidence, which includes hundreds of hours of video and thousands of online posts and comments, show a case of defamation and harassment against my family and I, which means, we can move forward with the case.
We are getting a barrister
On this basis, our lawyers have approached one of the leading legal Counsel in the UK, who specialises in this type of work to join the legal team. He has kindly agreed to join the legal team and I will be providing more information later on, once he has formally accepted the brief. This, however, is a very positive development that gives our family a great deal of confidence moving forward.
Statement from our lawyers
Since we have begun this campaign, both my family and my lawyers have been receiving scores of email and telephone calls, not all of which, as you can image, are pleasant.
Our lawyers explained that whilst they would have liked to, they are unable to speak to everyone who calls their office for information as this will an unwise use of their time and of the generous donations of our supporters. Instead, they have agreed to place an update on their website, which gives a little bit of information about the case and how it is being handled.
You can read the update from Cohen Davis here:
The latest cost estimation from our legal team is £75,000, which includes a cost estimation for the leading Barrister, the filing of the proceedings and the service of the pleadings in the case.
We just need to give this one final push, so we definitely have enough to secure this case.
Thank you so much for the continuance support
We are so grateful for the support we have been receiving. Many of our backers are individuals who really, have made a huge effort to contribute to our fight for justice, out of the very little they have. This is very touching and greatly appreciated by my family.
Please continue to support us by emailing friends asking them to support our case or by Tweeting or posting one post on Twitter or Facebook in support of our cause.
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Every donation is important because it helps see this case through and put an end to the online abuse for once and for all.
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