Dark & Disturbing True Crime & Memoir Wrapup | Chris Watts, BTK, Mommie Dearest & more

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From Mommie Dearest to Chris Watts to BTK’s daughter to Wallis Warfield Simpson… I tore through a series of memoir and true crime books, though there were some (less famous) misses mixed in. If dark non-fiction is your thing, watch on!

00:00 Introduction
01:14 The Mommie Dearest Diaries
08:44 Mommie Dearest
13:52 The Unbrekable Child
19:56 If You Tell
23:45 My Daddy Is A Hero
28:37 The Girls Are Gone
34:40 A Serial Killer’s Daughter
39:54 A Only Child And Her Sister
42:14 That Woman

Shannan’s mom writes about Chris’s mom & sister video: https://youtu.be/ZUAfTEqfMq8

Chris Watts police search body cam footage: https://youtu.be/-iJ3Pq4TW0E

THE BOOKS (+ my reviews)

The Mommie Dearest Diary by Rutanya Alda: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3517275544

Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3517290285

The Unbreakable Child by Kim Michele Ricahrdson: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3527680113

If You Tell by Gregg Olson: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3528366997

My Daddy Is A Hero by Lena Derhally: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3544237020

The Girls Are Gone by Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3544258096

A Serial Killer’s Daughter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3544259059

An Only Child and Her Sister by Casey Maxwell Clair: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3554408230

That Woman by Anne Sebba: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3577360477

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Becca Taylor says:

Oh my goodness. I love your personality. I love how you read books based on the shows you watch, So fun. This was a great video.

N Angel says:

Just found your channel so am bouncing around a bit. Love your style of analysis and suggestions. Wondered if you've read The Phantom Prince (make sure it's the updated with extra content) by Liz Kendall. The woman and her daughter who lived with Ted Bundy while he was on his killing spree. It focuses on her mindset and how she rationalized the behaviours of a narcissistic psychopath. I'm off now to see more of your recommendations. Cheers.

Joanna Ward says:

My favorite Alexa-ism is "bonkers." I love it!

Marc Kailes says:

While I am happy they caught a sick person, people should know the truth about the Polygraph and the CVSA, that they are scam props. See the links:




Eye Detect, pupil dilation is also the latest of these scams. There is no Pinocchio 🤥 effect when a person lies. These industries are making huge profits scamming us all. The USA 🇺🇸 Supreme Court, in an 8 to 1 majority opinion, 1998 US vs. Scheffer, ruled after exhaustive study and debate, that the Polygraph is reliable as the “toss of a coin”. The Pentagon also came to the same conclusion with the CVSA..

Cindy Church says:

I’ve heard that it’s best to have a book topic that’s been written already. My memoir seems to be a stand alone in the world of memoirs. Does this rule always apply?

Yana G. says:

Hi Alexa, I know you sometimes fall into a vortex of True Crime? Try to get out of Chris Watts's vortex. I fell into it hard for about a month… There is a Netflix documentary on it too. Good Luck.

Lindsay Puckett says:

It took me like 2 hours to watch this video because I had to keep pausing to fall down the research well of each of these cases. HOW had I NEVER heard of Mommie Dearest/Joan Crawford??? Anyway, loved this. I always get my true crime recs from you haha

Doreen Zimmerman says:

Alexa, I love your channel even though I am writing a memoir that would fit well in this wrapup and I never thought I'd hear you talk about true crime and memoir! Thanks for this video, I have listened all the way through twice. I am old enough to have read "Mommie Dearest" when it came out and you were so right that it was groundbreaking. The Chris Watts story is actually what began my realization that I want to write a memoir to further conversation on the important topic of covert narcissism. I am definitely going to read "If You Tell" because you made it sound like a perfect book for me to enjoy and learn from. Thanks, again!!

brieri1 says:

Ice been slowly reading I'll be gone in the dark, about the original night stalker. If you want another non fiction down the road, highly recommend. The author has a really captivating writing style.

Danica Christin says:

Thanks for the reviews! I've added a couple of these to my Amazon wishlist 👍🏻

Eddie Lane says:


s dub says:

I think that the question about what we can/should expect of memoirs is a good one, and in most cases, I’d argue that it’s fully up to the author. A book with “serial killer” in the title that advertises the subject’s direct connection to a particularly famous serial killer falls into more of a gray area for me. When it’s what the book deal was predicated on, I think it’s reasonable to expect it to spend significant time on that topic. I wouldn’t necessarily blame the author for the gap between what’s advertised (description aside) and what’s actually in the book, given that her publisher likely wanted the connection to be as clear as possible in order to draw more interest and sales. I’m sure you were not alone in feeling the discrepancy between advertisement and reality for this book.

Given all of that, I guess I land on marketing being the differentiating factor more so than the subject matter itself. It’s the author’s call what they want their book to be, but it’s also on the author and their publisher to responsibly and accurately market it based on whatever the end product is.

Kate Angelo says:

In the book "Mommy Dearest Diaries" the author may have written in present tense if she was a narcissistic person. Interesting.

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