She posted it online: "Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered." But those simple words written by sixteen-year-old Rachelle Waterman couldn't begin to describe the horror of the crime: Her mother's body locked in a van. Doused in gasoline. Burned beyond recognition…
Alaska troopers arrested two young men—both of whom had dated Rachelle and claimed to still love her. Investigators grilled Rachelle until she made shocking and apparently incriminating revelations…
Was this obviously intelligent young woman really an abused child coerced by police—or a deceptive murderess? The answer may lie in Rachelle's Internet journal, a disturbing glimpse into a troubled girl's mind. Did she convince her lovers to kill for her? That is the question at the heart of this shocking true story of madness, manipulation, and matricide.
At the heart of Fleeman s pedestrian account of Lauri Waterman s 2004 murder is the extent of, and motive behind, her teenage daughter s complicity in it. The remote Alaska setting on Prince of Wales Island adds an extra layer of gloom to an already dreary story. Though the Watermans appeared to be a happy family, and 15-year-old Rachelle an excellent student, tension roiled beneath the surface. On her blog, My Crappy Life, Rachelle described physical and verbal abuse by Lauri, who disapproved of Rachelle s new interest in Wicca and especially in 25-year-old Jason Arrant. In November 2004, Lauri s charred body was found in her burned minivan in the forest. The police investigation soon led to Arrant and his friend, Brian Radel, both of whom had had sexual relations with Rachelle. Both also eventually confessed to killing Lauri and were convicted of first-degree murder. Police believed Rachelle to be the instigator but was it really to protect herself from further abuse? After seven years and two trials, Rachelle was convicted of criminally negligent homicide. People magazine s Fleeman does little more than recount the events, with the liberal addition of adjectives.