What makes this true-crime watch different — and far more effective — than most others in the genre is that it relies completely on first-hand raw footage

Shan’ann Watts with husband Chris and daughters Bella and Celeste


Shan’ann Watts lived her life on social media, documenting everything on an almost daily basis — from her morning cup of coffee to the walk and talk of her young girls Bella and Celeste to the quiet moments of romance she would get to steal away with husband Chris from her extremely busy life of being a working mother of two. In this age of oversharing our lives online, Shannan shared a lot more of her life virtually than many others would. Her social media updates presented a happy family living the American Dream. On August 13, 2018, Shan’ann and her daughters went missing from their home. That they were murdered in cold blood was discovered two days later. Shan’ann was a few months pregnant at the time.

Ironically, it’s Shan’ann’s  incessant social media updates, her video confessionals and her ominous text messages with her husband and close friends that form the core of American Murder: The Family Next Door, an 83-minute spine-chilling documentary that’s been creating a buzz on Netflix.

What makes this true-crime watch different — and far more effective — than most others in the genre is that it relies completely on first-hand raw footage from Shan’ann and her family’s lives before their world came crashing down. Director Jenny Popplewell stitches together a compelling and often painful account of the unravelling of a family, without a single talking-head interview or recreated event. The result is a film that feels deeply personal and very disturbing at various points.

What works for American Murder is the fact that it’s not just a true-crime story. Scratch below the surface and what appears

By Tom Wilson

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters)Financial firms and governments overwhelmingly see cryptocurrencies as risky, a major survey found on Tuesday, with the potential for bitcoin and other digital tokens for use in money laundering and sanctions busting among the chief worries.

Around 60% of respondents from financial firms, government and the private sector alike to the survey by the Royal United Services Institute think-tank and the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists said cryptocurrencies were a risk rather than an opportunity. Illicit usage was the major concern.

The findings, one of the most detailed efforts yet to map out mainstream global views towards cryptocurrencies, lay bare the depth of scepticism towards the emerging tech.

They suggest an uphill struggle for the crypto industry to achieve wider acceptance, even as countries across the world grapple with how to regulate cryptocurrencies. The European Union will introduce new rules for some cryptocurrencies by 2024, documents showed last week.

The perception of criminal use of cryptocurrencies is deep-rooted, the survey found. Nearly 90% of respondents from financial firms said they were worried about crypto being used to launder money. Over 80% were worried about sanctioned actors using digital coins to circumvent the formal financial system.

“All respondents accept that cryptocurrencies are vulnerable to criminals,” the survey’s authors said.

The extent to which crypto is used for crime is unclear, with past research by major blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis this year putting the rate as low as 1% of all transactions.

Still, digital currencies are popular with cyber-criminals, as the July hack of major Twitter users to reap bitcoin shows.

Cryptocurrencies have also been used for the funding of militant groups. The U.S. Justice Department said last month it had targeted efforts by the military wing of Hamas, al Qaeda and Islamic