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Honor student plotted mother's murder, police say (Kept an online journal)
Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 26, 2004 | Peter Porco

Posted on 11/28/2004 7:40:46 PM PST by Zechariah11

By PETER PORCO Anchorage Daily News November 26, 2004

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - 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.

Craig, a city of about 1,200 on the west side of Prince of Wales, has been stunned.

"Everyone is pretty much in disbelief," said Capt. Kurt Ludwig, captain of the troopers' Ketchikan detachment. "The family is pretty prominent."

Carl "Doc" Waterman, a 60-year-old real estate agent, is president of the Craig School Board. Lauri Waterman, a special education aide, was on the library and Little League boards, according to Sara Altland, the School Board's secretary-treasurer.

Rachelle Waterman plays the clarinet, sings in the honor choir and represented her city at a music festival in Haines. The teenager pulled A's at Craig High School and has competed in the Academic Decathlon. She played basketball and volleyball.

The weekend her mother was killed, Nov. 13 and 14, Rachelle Waterman and her team were playing in Anchorage at the 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.

Troopers said Arrant and Radel have been friends since childhood.

"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."

Troopers said they are trying to uncover a motive. But Rachelle Waterman 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."

On Nov. 14, the day she learned the plot to kill her mother had succeeded, she wrote: "Well back from Anchorage and it was an okay trip. I got kinda sick but oh well. Did shopping, played v-ball ... I got these incredibly awesome boots that go up to my knees, I absolutely love them. will post pic later."

The three conspirators have admitted their actions, according to the court papers. Radel was arrested on Nov. 18, and the other two on Nov. 19.

"This is a big surprise to everybody," said Ronald Erickson, superintendent of the Craig School District. "We all need to hold judgment until we know why it happened."


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For those interested at taking a look at her journal try:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/smchyrocky

Her parents took away computer priviledges on October 9 because they found her Wicca books. Her mother also suggested she begin losing weight by going to a camp during the summer.

1 posted on 11/28/2004 7:40:47 PM PST by Zechariah11
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To: Zechariah11
Honor student plotted mother's murder, police say

"Yes, Your Honor...No, Your Honor...No contest, Your Honor...Nice tie, Your Honor!"

2 posted on 11/28/2004 7:48:34 PM PST by RichInOC ("...all Dave, all night, right here on Daaaaave TV!")
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To: Zechariah11

A fat Wiccan. Is there any other kind?


3 posted on 11/28/2004 7:48:39 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Zechariah11
"This is a big surprise to everybody," said Ronald Erickson, superintendent of the Craig School District. "We all need to hold judgment until we know why it happened."

No, we don't need to hold judgment until we know WHY it happened. These bleeding hearts and their "whys" are part of the problem.

4 posted on 11/28/2004 7:53:27 PM PST by ladyinred (Congratulations President Bush! Four more years!)
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To: Paul Atreides
A fat Wiccan. Is there any other kind?

Yes. Fat and crazy.

5 posted on 11/28/2004 7:53:31 PM PST by Prime Choice (I like Democrats, too. Let's exchange recipes.)
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To: Paul Atreides

Well, there are fat Wiccan lesbians..but I guess that pretty much falls in the same category.


6 posted on 11/28/2004 7:55:36 PM PST by Windsong (FighterPilot)
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To: Prime Choice
Yes. Fat and crazy.

And then there are the double wiccans (fat and crazy).

7 posted on 11/28/2004 7:55:54 PM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: Zechariah11
they found her Wicca books.

Did I miss this in the article? Aren't these people earth loving, peaceful creatures like some other religion of peace that we know?

This sounds like a spoiled brat who thinks the world is about her. How could she solicit two former boyfriends to do her dirty work? I've always believed that bad kids come from bad parents, but to get yourself killed at the very hands of someone you gave life to?

8 posted on 11/28/2004 7:57:02 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that -- Mark Twain)
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To: Zechariah11

Wiccan = psychopath, at least in my experience.


9 posted on 11/28/2004 8:00:56 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Free Republic is 21st Century Samizdat)
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To: ladyinred
No, we don't need to hold judgment until we know WHY it happened.

It's all about me and what I want. Waaaaaa. If it wasn't for Mommie I could have been on the Wiccan Volley Ball Olympic Team and had five former boyfriends instead of a measley two. Bad Mommie, bad!!!

10 posted on 11/28/2004 8:01:57 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that -- Mark Twain)
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To: Zechariah11

Hey, are we gonna get a picture of those awesome boots or not?!?!?


11 posted on 11/28/2004 8:04:30 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Zechariah11
We all need to hold judgment until we know why it happened."

Like hell I will.

12 posted on 11/28/2004 8:05:39 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Pajama Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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To: basil; dbwz
A fat Wiccan. Is there any other kind?

Thought y'all might like this. LOL! Enlightenment is so enlightening, ya? It's been a long haul up the mountain to slide quickly down the other side.

13 posted on 11/28/2004 8:07:53 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that -- Mark Twain)
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To: Zechariah11

Wasn't this the plot of an ABC afterschool special?


14 posted on 11/28/2004 8:10:40 PM PST by rockrr (I can't wait until sKerry is reduced to the level of a nuisance)
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To: Zechariah11


(from top left) Rachelle Waterman, Troy Sharp, Charles Deffenbaugh, Cheryl Fecko, Geoffrey Waterman, Phillip Pierce, Betsy Claus, Stefanie Claus (from bottom left) Katrina Peavey, Emily Haydu, Amanda Vosloh, Lauren Mackie
15 posted on 11/28/2004 8:14:55 PM PST by Revel
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To: Paul Atreides

I once worked with one that was thin, blonde, marginal, and spacey with a big S. Had a working two hour conversation with her about all that Wiccan stuff and realized her feet ain't planted on the ground (although that's where "it" comes from). Never revisited that subject again; had enough! I think she is a midwife now; a Wiccan midwife.


16 posted on 11/28/2004 8:17:28 PM PST by Atchafalaya (When you're there, thats the best!)
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To: Revel

Get the holy water ready.


17 posted on 11/28/2004 8:17:42 PM PST by John Will
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To: Zechariah11

I hope they try her as an adult. Otherwise, she'll be at large in another 4 or 5 years.


18 posted on 11/28/2004 8:26:50 PM PST by Bonaparte (...the rest of the shipment, standard equipment...)
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To: ladyinred
"We all need to hold judgment until we know why it happened."

Of course, we all must!

The facts may explain that the Mother deserved to be bludgeoned to death. . .

19 posted on 11/28/2004 8:30:37 PM PST by cricket (I)
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To: Revel

She kinda cute. Except for those terrifying crazy eyes, of course.


20 posted on 11/28/2004 8:31:48 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Free Republic is 21st Century Samizdat)
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