Peter Chadwick caught: Fugitive homicide suspect charged with homicide of spouse Quee Choo Chadwick goes from actual property millionaire to bussing tables throughout years on the run – 48 Hours

[This story previously aired on August 10, 2019.]

Produced by Chuck Stevenson and Gayane Keshishyan Mendez

A manhunt is over and a thriller solved. After an almost 5 year-long manhunt, Peter Chadwick was captured in Mexico in August 2019. The 55-year-old was accused of strangling his spouse, Quee Choo “Q.C.” Chadwick to demise in 2012 of their Newport Seaside mansion.

“48 Hours” gained unique perception into the U.S. Marshals’ seek for Chadwick, who was charged with killing his spouse after which jumped bail.

Peter and Q.C. Chadwick have been school sweethearts, married for 21 years and had three sons. They lived in a gated group in Newport Seaside, Calif. That dream life collapsed someday in 2012 when neither of the Chadwicks turned as much as decide up their sons from the bus cease. Investigators had little concept that day the seek for the couple would lead them on a world manhunt.

The subsequent morning, San Diego authorities received a 911 name from Chadwick, claiming a home painter named Juan murdered Q.C. and compelled Peter Chadwick to get her physique out of the home. He stated a person helped Juan and so they have been planning to chop up his spouse’s physique and eliminate it south of the border. Legislation enforcement did not consider Chadwick, and he was arrested and charged with Q.C.’s homicide. He was launched on $1 million in bail. Then he vanished. That was 2015.

Chadwick was one of many U.S. Marshals’ 15 most-wanted fugitives.

U.S. Marshal Craig McCluskey advised “48 Hours” that a earlier version of the published – which aired in Might 2019 – centered on the case induced Chadwick to change his life whereas on the run and in the end helped result in his seize.

“He stated when he noticed that episode, he realized his scenario had escalated lots,” McCluskey advised correspondent Tracy Smith. “As a result of he did not notice the U.S. Marshals have been after him at that time.”

How was Chadwick capable of elude these looking for him for thus lengthy?

After practically 5 years on the run, the worldwide manhunt for Peter Chadwick — accused of killing his spouse Q.C. — ended on August 4, 2019.

“48 Hours” had the one information crew on scene when Peter Chadwick, who disappeared in 2015 after he was charged with killing his spouse, landed in Los Angeles.

CBS Information

CHIEF JON LEWIS | NEWPORT BEACH POLICE [to reporters]: We’re happy to announce that Peter Gregory Chadwick was positioned in Mexico on Sunday evening … With the assistance and cooperation of the USA Marshal’s Workplace and authorities in Mexico, he was flown to Los Angeles Worldwide Airport the place our detectives took custody of him.

How did it come to this?  It is a twisted story that started on a picture-perfect autumn day in October 2012, in a complicated neighborhood in Newport Seaside, California.

The couple had been residing the great life, having fun with the trimmings of wealth and elevating three sons. Their oldest was away at boarding college and when his two youthful brothers returned residence on Oct. 10, the household’s world turned the other way up.

Tracy Smith: So, these boys received out of faculty and what occurred?

Sgt. Ryan Peters | Newport Seaside Police Dept.: They get out of faculty and a bus drops ’em off at a bus cease close to their home.

Sergeant Ryan Peters remembers that day.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: And a neighbor noticed ’em sittin’ on the bus cease previous the time that they usually get picked up by both Peter or Q.C.. … So, she stopped and requested, “Have you ever reached your mother and pop?” They usually stated, “No, they have not been capable of attain ’em.” They have been calling them, and no one was answering.

Lt. Bryan Moore | Newport Seaside Police Dept.: It was very uncommon for the Chadwicks to not be punctual.

Lieutenant Bryan Moore was referred to as in later.

Tracy Smith: Dad needs to be right here to select them up?

Lt. Bryan Moore: Dad is all the time right here.

Lt. Bryan Moore: Regular protocol throughout a lacking individuals case is we’re … checking with associates, we’re checking with relations.

Tracy Smith: And checking the hospitals, checking with household, neighbors — anyone have any thought the place they’re?

Lt. Bryan Moore: All makes an attempt to find them have been — have been a lifeless finish.

That very same evening, with their dad and mom nonetheless lacking, the boys slept at a good friend’s home. Investigators combed the Chadwick residence for clues.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: After which once they go upstairs and so they stroll into the grasp tub … then that is when patrol realizes there’s extra to the story.

Damaged glass discovered within the tub of the Chadwick’s upstairs grasp toilet

Newport Seaside Police Dept.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: Within the grasp toilet, they initially noticed the damaged glass. …Ornamental glass that was across the toilet tub, the edging.

Lt. Bryan Moore: We had blood on the backside of the tub.

Lt. Bryan Moore: As you proceed by way of the downstairs … the secure is clearly ajar.

Tracy Smith: So, it is beginning to appear to be greater than only a welfare test scenario.

Lt. Bryan Moore: Yeah. Clearly, whoever left, left in haste. … It appeared fairly suspicious.

Heidi | Neighbor: We have been all in shock. Like “The place is she? What is going on on? Why is she lacking?”

Phrase that the Chadwicks have been gone unfold rapidly by way of the neighborhood. Heidi lived simply throughout the road.

Tracy Smith: What have been they like?

Heidi: Effectively, Q.C. was the one with all of the persona. … She was all the time trying ahead to my annual Christmas social gathering, as a result of she came visiting and she or he received to decorate up. And she or he appeared like one million {dollars}. And she or he had enjoyable!

Karen Thorp | Q.C.’s good friend: My first impression of her was that she was a very devoted mom.

Karen Thorp had recognized Q.C. for years. Their kids went to high school collectively. 

Q.C. Chadwick, a faithful mother to a few sons, was described as having a “bubbly persona.”  “She was very humorous,” stated good friend Karen Thorp. “And so good and gifted, she may do something.” Of Peter Chadwick, Thorp stated, “I felt like I by no means actually knew him very properly.”

Karen Thorp: She was… very decided to verify they have been getting good grades and so they have been finishing their assignments, and so they have been taking music and have been doing a sport. She wished them to be the perfect at every little thing. 

Tracy Smith: And, how have been they?

Karen Thorp: They have been the perfect at every little thing.

Their father, Peter, got here from a rich household. He was born in Britain and had twin citizenship. Q.C.’s household was additionally prosperous. They met at Arizona State College.  

Tracy Smith: Did you get the sense that she was very in love with him?

Karen Thorp: Sure. That she was in love with him and that she relied on him additionally…

Tracy Smith: What do you imply relied on him?

Karen Thorp: Q.C. discovered our nation to be a bit new and unusual, completely different from the place she had come from and she or he was studying about tips on how to do issues right here.

Tracy Smith: Did you get the sense that Peter appreciated her relying on him?

Karen Thorp: Sure. Yeah, we positively all felt that he was fully snug with that. … She was positively much less unbiased than a lot of her associates.

Q.C. and Peter married in 1991. When he grew extra profitable, the couple moved to that residence in Newport Seaside. They ultimately had three sons.

Artwork Scott taught the 2 older boys piano.

Artwork Scott: They have been nice college students … They did every little thing I requested.

Artwork Scott: I might train him [plays a tune on the piano]. Then after a couple of months, after he received a bit extra superior, I might train him … [plays an extended tune]. And it could increase past that as he received extra dedicated and did extra work. … They have been very vivid children.

Artwork Scott: I actually loved being of their residence. She all the time had a beverage for me, and one thing to eat each single time. And that does not occur, , on daily basis of — for all of the shoppers that I see. … And so, she was very congenial, very a lot — making me really feel heat in her home.

Tracy Smith: And what was Peter like?

Karen Thorp: He virtually appeared painfully shy after we first met him. … I felt like I by no means actually knew him very properly.

Tracy Smith: What did Peter do?

Karen Thorp: At first, we did not actually know. We thought he ran his personal enterprise and we then discovered he managed some condo buildings.

Tracy Smith: Was Peter form of a thriller?

Karen Thorp: Sure. Peter was a thriller.

However, Thorp says, she did sense that the couple’s dynamic had been evolving over the previous few years.

Karen Thorp: Q.C. was actually starting to return into her personal and be her personal particular person.

Karen Thorp: I would say she was much less insecure about what to put on and what to do and she or he was capable of comply with extra of her means of doing issues.

Tracy Smith: So, you can see the self-confidence?

Karen Thorp: I may see the self-confidence, sure.

Karen Thorp: I felt on the time like I actually knew the household, however I’ve to say, with so many issues in life, you by no means actually find out about peoples’ inside lives and what’s actually happening.

Now, police have been left with two lacking dad and mom and people disturbing clues within the grasp toilet.

Tracy Smith: And what have been the boys saying?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: The boys had no thought the place mother and pop have been.

Tracy Smith: Anyone have any clue?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: No. At that time, no one had any clue in any respect.

However that would not final lengthy. The primary massive break got here close to the Mexican border in San Diego. It was simply earlier than daybreak the day after when somebody there — 100 miles from Newport Seaside — referred to as 911 with an emergency.  It was Peter Chadwick:

911 OPERATOR: 911 Emergency. That is Crystal…

PETER CHADWICK:  They took her… they took her

911 OPERATOR: Who took her?

PETER CHADWICK: The man who broke into my home.  He — he drove me right here. He had a good friend … I believe they are going — they may be going to Mexico or someplace.


In surveillance footage taken at a gasoline station close to the Mexican border, Peter Chadwick will be seen — he is about to make that 911 name:

Peter Chadwick is seen in surveillance footage taken at a gasoline station close to the Mexican border.

Newport Seaside Police Dept.

PETER CHADWICK [TO STORE CLERK]: Are you able to name 911? Any person killed my spouse.

Moments later, Chadwick tells the operator Q.C. had been murdered:

PETER CHADWICK: My spouse’s lifeless … They’ve gone in a pickup truck.

911 OPERATOR: So, your spouse was kidnapped?

PETER CHADWICK: She’s lifeless …

911 OPERATOR: Uh, maintain on. Let me get my supervisor on the telephone.

Peter Chadwick to 911: “My spouse’s lifeless … They took her!”


Tracy Smith: That is the gasoline station the place Chadwick referred to as 911?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: Yeah. That is the place he selected to kick off our investigation.

Tracy Smith: And this was an enormous break

Sgt. Ryan Peters: This was big.

Tracy Smith: Simply to get a way of the place we’re, how shut are we to the border — is that?

Sgt. Ryan Peters [pointing to city lights in the distance]: It is proper there.

Tracy Smith: What are we taking a look at?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: We’re taking a look at Tijuana.

Tracy Smith: What did Chadwick inform 911?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: Chadwick calls 911 and says he was kidnapped. And he was kidnapped by a man named Juan who had killed his spouse in Newport Seaside.

911 OPERATOR: How are you aware Juan?

PETER CHADWICK: I picked him up to have a look at some portray work on the home. I introduced him to the home.

Tracy Smith: So, Peter and Juan return to his residence … after which what did Peter say occurred?

Lt. Bryan Moore: Sooner or later Peter and Juan separated, Juan continued upstairs, and Peter went all the way down to his workplace … Peter stated inside seconds, he heard his spouse Q.C. screaming.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: He hears Q.C. scream “Peter, Peter…” and as he runs upstairs he sees Juan strangling Q.C., who’s within the tub, of their main bedroom and he is drowning her.

911 OPERATOR: How are you aware she’s lifeless?

PETER CHADWICK: She drowned, she drowned. … Her physique was stiff, even!

Sgt. Ryan Peters: As he goes up and sees this, witnesses this, he is being held at bay by Juan with a 2-inch pocket knife.

Chadwick advised police he was helpless to avoid wasting Q.C.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: As an alternative of with the ability to rescue his spouse he is held at bay by Juan and Juan proceeds to complete killing his spouse.

Then, Chadwick stated Juan ordered him to assist get Q.C.’s physique out of the bathtub and wrap it in a blanket. 

Sgt. Ryan Peters: And Peter says he walks over and grabs a inexperienced blanket and wraps her up in it. And that is the blanket they used to take her downstairs.

With Juan at his facet, Chadwick stated he was pressured to drive all by way of the evening together with his spouse’s physique at the back of his SUV.

PETER CHADWICK [TO 911]: I have been driving with them.

PETER CHADWICK [TO 911]: I believe they may be going to Mexico or someplace. … I need you to get ’em …

Chadwick says that is how they ended up at a border city gasoline station, the place they met up with one other man named “Chee.”

Sgt. Ryan Peters: They usually took the physique out of Chadwick’s automotive, put it in a truck and took it to Mexico.

Chadwick says Juan and Chee drove away, leaving him alone together with his car in a dreary car parking zone. That is when Chadwick made his 911 name:

911 OPERATOR: OK, and the place is she now?

PETER CHADWICK: They’ve her physique. They stated they’re gonna minimize her up.

911 OPERATOR: What coloration automotive did Juan depart in?


911 OPERATOR: What coloration automotive did Juan depart in?

PETER CHADWICK: Darkish inexperienced. Darkish inexperienced uh, umm, like a — like a pickup van however coated. Um what do you name, uh, umm. And — and a — a Chevy.

Inside a couple of minutes, police arrived and took him to the station.  Lieutenant Bryan Moore says his detectives discovered holes in Chadwick’s story.

Tracy Smith: Any indicators of Juan in any respect?

Lt. Bryan Moore: No.

Peter Chadwick advised 911 that his spouse was killed at about 11 a.m. the earlier morning, however surveillance footage reveals Chadwick’s SUV leaving his gated group in Newport Seaside at 1:32 p.m. — about 2.5 hours later.

Newport Seaside Police Dept.

Chadwick advised 911 that Q.C. was killed at about 11 a.m. the earlier morning, however surveillance footage reveals Chadwick’s SUV leaving his gated group in Newport Seaside about two-and-a-half hours after that. Police say there is not any Juan within the car. And later, Chadwick’s at a toll. Once more, no signal of Juan.

Lt. Bryan Moore: Everybody we talked to and described this Juan particular person, nobody had any thought who that was, or may give us any info associated to this particular person.

Tracy Smith: What about Chee?

Lt. Bryan Moore: No. A number of the video surveillance we picked up, within the space the place Peter stated he met this Chee particular person, there was no different autos concerned that we may see.

What’s extra, Chadwick’s personal physique had some incriminating accidents.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: He had scratches on his neck and his arms. You recognize, chunk mark on his forearm.

Peter Chadwick’s personal physique had some incriminating accidents.

Newport Seaside Police Dept.

Tracy Smith: Did he attempt to clarify that as these got here from Juan?

Lt. Bryan Moore: He defined some form of a wrestle between him and Juan, however there was by no means any specifics on how he obtained these accidents 

After which there was this: a packed suitcase in Chadwick’s automotive.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: We had a suitcase with … all male clothes inside that was simply form of thrown in there, as if any person had form of packed unexpectedly.

Tracy Smith: I am sorry — there was a bag within the automotive of males’s garments?

Tracy Smith: What sort of kidnapper says, “Hey, go forward and pack your self an in a single day bag?”

Sgt. Ryan Peters: Which is a part of the issue. That is not usually a factor that occurs, no.

Q.C.’s good friend, Karen Thorp, says nothing Peter stated made any sense.

Tracy Smith: Once you first heard that story, did you purchase it?

Karen Thorp: Completely, not! I do not even suppose the 911 operator purchased it! In case you’ve heard the tape her response is, “Um-hmm, actually? Um-hmm?”

911 OPERATOR: OK,  wh — what?—  are you on any form of medicine, sir?

PETER CHADWICK: …Not — not — not, uh, that heavy one …

911 OPERATOR:  OK, however this occurred yesterday at 11.  You are now calling us at 5:30 within the morning.

Detectives weren’t shopping for any of it both.

Lt. Bryan Moore: Throughout the preliminary contact … Peter was — was form of all around the map. His story was very disjointed. He’d undergo the vary of feelings, crying — nonetheless, the officer by no means noticed a tear — to moments of tension and simply full quiet.

Tracy Smith: So, he went from nice shows of being distraught to nothing?

Lt. Bryan Moore: And probably the most fascinating factor was throughout your complete contact with regulation enforcement and with our detectives, he by no means as soon as requested about his children.

Tracy Smith: He by no means requested concerning the boys?

Lt. Bryan Moore: No.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: And we’re speaking, he hasn’t seen them for the reason that morning prior when he dropped them off for varsity. … So, it is virtually 24 hours.

Tracy Smith: What did that say to you?

Lt. Bryan Moore:  To me, it means that he’s extra involved together with his story, creating an alibi —

Tracy Smith: — than he’s about his personal sons.

Lt. Bryan Moore: It appeared so, sure.

Karen Thorp: Folks’s first feeling was that there had been a takeover theft and so they had each been kidnapped I do not know if there was hypothesis within the media about that. … [emotional] However I by no means for a second thought that it had occurred. I one way or the other knew he had killed her.


Karen Thorp: I bear in mind calling and I stated, “He is killed her, hasn’t he?” And I can not inform you why I knew.  My good friend stated, “Are you OK?  Are you at work?” And I stated, “I’m, however I am going residence now.”

On Oct. 11, 2012 — simply six hours after that 911 name — Peter Chadwick was arrested for homicide.  

Peter Chadwick was arrested for Q.C.’s homicide

Newport Seaside Police Dept.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: He wasn’t defensive, indignant, unhappy, emotional in any means as if any person that was being positioned below arrest that was harmless would have acted.

Lt. Bryan Moore: Nearly like he wasn’t shocked that we have been placing {the handcuffs} on him.

Chadwick rapidly lawyered up and stopped speaking to detectives. The group was shocked.

Karen Thorp: Simply, simply unthinkable that, that he would do this and that somebody would do this, and that she can be gone.

Karen Thorp may solely guess what led to her good friend’s homicide.

Karen Thorp: I believe, over time, realizing Q.C., it appeared that she wished to turn out to be extra unbiased and she or he would begin doing extra issues for herself … and I questioned then if possibly a few of her reservations and insecurity have been due to Peter.

Tracy Smith: Why do you suppose she did not speak in confidence to you?

Karen Thorp: I believe she was very proud … and I believe everybody was shocked.

Bryan Moore believes Q.C. had uncovered a darkish facet of her husband.

Lt. Bryan Moore: Most likely probably the most telling issues that we found was a handwritten piece of paper that had Peter’s laptop search historical past on it. Appeared prefer it was written out by Q.C..

Tracy Smith: And what did that say?

Lt. Bryan Moore: Find out how to torture, Chinese language intercourse therapeutic massage, abortion prices in Orange County.

Tracy Smith: These have been all in his search historical past?

Lt. Bryan Moore: Sure.

Lt. Bryan Moore: So, as we dug into it additional. We began to get the true account that there was some turmoil of their marriage.  There was some speak of divorce.

Tracy Smith: He visited prostitutes?

Lt. Bryan Moore: Primarily based on his search historical past … we have now to imagine so.

Tracy Smith: This is not that pleased Newport Seaside household that it gave the impression to be from the skin?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: Completely, not.

In courtroom, Peter Chadwick pleaded not responsible.  His two sons, who had lived at residence, have been now with their mom’s brother greater than 50 miles away within the Los Angeles space.  Their mom was lacking and presumably lifeless.

Tracy Smith: Did the boys have any thought about what occurred to their mom? What their dad was doing?

Lt. Bryan Moore: None in any respect.

Then, seven days after Peter Chadwick referred to as 911, detectives received one other massive break. This time, a tip they are saying they can not talk about, that led them to a location within the mountains, greater than 100 miles from Newport Seaside.

Tracy Smith: That is distant.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: It is extraordinarily distant. … Type of south San Diego County, in the course of nowhere.

Tracy Smith: The place are we headed?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: So, we’ll crime scene quantity two.

Detectives discovered themselves on a barren mountainside in rural San Diego County: Wildcat Canyon. They consider Peter Chadwick got here right here that evening.

Tracy Smith: What do you suppose he is considering of as he is driving up this street?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: In case you form of put your self in his place, he is been driving round for hours, over 10 hours with Q.C.’s physique within the automotive. … He must discover a place to drop the physique.  He must discover a place to drop the physique the place he is not gonna be seen.  The place it is darkish and it isn’t gonna be seen anytime quickly after he drops it.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: The primary place he involves is that this little street.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: We weren’t certain we have been ever gonna discover her. …The possibilities have been slim to none.

That is the place they stumbled on a dumpster.

On a barren mountainside in rural San Diego County, investigators stumbled on this dumpster. Among the many gadgets they discovered inside it: luggage of  Q.C.’s belongings, $10,000 in money and her physique wrapped in a inexperienced blanket

Newport Seaside Police Dept.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: After we lifted it up it was full.

Tracy Smith: So, what did you see?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: We began discovering Q.C.’s gadgets. … We discovered good luggage. … We discovered a very nice purse. … So, we set these apart. … After we opened up the bag, that is after we discovered Q.C.’s ID; her everlasting residency card; $10,000 money. … And all of these items is the stuff that he described Juan taking with Q.C.’s physique into Mexico. 

And wrapped in a inexperienced blanket: Q.C.’s physique.

Lt. Bryan Moore:  It was big break for us. … The dumpster was scheduled to be picked up the Thursday morning, which was the subsequent morning after we consider Peter disposed of Q.C.’s physique. … The difficulty with that was there was some form of billing dispute.

Tracy Smith: So, they have been supposed to select up the dumpster … however they did not.

As soon as detectives lastly discovered Q.C., the medical expert was capable of decide how she died.

Lt. Bryan Moore: There was a reasonably violent wrestle which resulted in strangulation and potential drowning.

Because the state constructed its case towards Peter Chadwick, he sat in jail for 2 months, till December, when bail was set at $1 million. No sweat for the multimillionaire businessman.

Karen Thorp: I heard he received out on bail … and I bear in mind being completely infuriated and disgusted. He shouldn’t be out on bail.

Prosecutor Matt Murphy says the courtroom actually had no alternative. Chadwick was entitled to bail.

Prosecutor Matt Murphy | Orange County Senior Deputy D.A.: We had a man that had — he had no felony background. He had roots in the neighborhood.

Chadwick additionally had that multimillion-dollar residence and three sons.  And he surrendered his U.S. and U.Okay. passports.

Prosecutor Matt Murphy: We will maintain him on a brief leash. We will maintain him, , engaged within the course of. We will maintain, , we will maintain eyes on him.

Heidi: Peter got here again and received her van, which was actually creepy. … He returned to get her van, as a result of his automotive was impounded. So he drove off together with her van. … And I used to be simply occurred to be out on the road, and he gave me a nod and I am similar to, turned my head in disgust.

Even earlier than Chadwick may face trial, Karen Thorp’s thoughts was made up. 

Karen Thorp: He was – shameless … Speak about chutzpah. He despatched out an e-mail inviting individuals to a 100-day vigil, candlelight vigil, on the residence the place he murdered her. … How are you going to kill your spouse … throw her in a dumpster … and maintain a candle gentle vigil on the residence the place you killed her?

Two years handed. Chadwick moved into his father’s residence in Santa Barbara, a swanky city up the coast.   All three sons ended up in boarding college.

Tracy Smith: How stable did you suppose your case was as you headed for trial?

Lt. Bryan Moore: Extraordinarily stable. … I imply with all of the circumstantial proof, the physique … the accidents … and the dearth of plausibility on behalf of Peter’s story. … So general, we thought we had this factor wrapped up.

Tracy Smith: In order you are trying down the street, you are considering Peter Chadwick is gonna find yourself the place?

Lt. Bryan Moore: In jail.

However Peter Chadwick had different plans.


Peter Chadwick was awaiting trial and making his courtroom appearances for hearings, doing what he was imagined to do.

Tracy Smith: … till he wasn’t anymore.

Lt. Bryan Moore: Yeah … we received phrase from his lawyer … that stated … “I do not know the place he’s.”

After two years out on bail, Peter Chadwick disappeared.

NEWS REPORT: This is without doubt one of the most wished suspects in your complete United States …

Heidi: What do you imply he is gone? You recognize, did not any person keep watch over this man?

Prosecutor Matt Murphy was outraged.

Prosecutor Matt Murphy: No person thought that he would flee from his sons.

Prosecutor Matt Murphy: He deserted his household … he made his lawyer look horrible, and …  he thumbed his nostril on the courtroom and the justice system.

Tracy Smith: Is a part of this simply that wealthy guys can get away with an terrible lot?

Prosecutor Matt Murphy [Takes a deep breath]: You recognize, it is — it is simply — it is irritating. … You should not be capable to reap the benefits of the system as a result of you will have cash. And , that is what occurred right here.  Most individuals cannot afford this bail. You should not be capable to do that since you received cash. … He took full benefit and he used his monetary sources to do it.

Karen Thorp: One million {dollars} bail actually wasn’t sufficient to maintain somebody as chilly hearted and narcissistic as him to remain round.

At first, investigators heard that Peter Chadwick may be lifeless.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: Initially, Michael Chadwick began relaying info that he was suicidal.

Tracy Smith: So, Michael Chadwick, Peter’s dad, stated he was gonna kill himself? That Peter was gonna kill himself?

Sgt. Ryan Peters: He alluded to the truth that he was suicidal.

Karen Thorp: I do not know if it was his lawyer or his father had stated he had been despondent and suicidal. No.

By the point investigators realized that he’d flown the coop, Chadwick was lengthy gone. He had a three-week lead on them, and he’d been learning up.

They found books in Chadwick’s residence on tips on how to disappear and tips on how to change identities and depart false trails.

Investigators discovered from a taxi firm that somebody – who police now consider was Peter Chadwick – took a cab from his dad’s home to an airport in Santa Barbara. The cab driver says that the particular person he picked up that day was a lady. Was Peter Chadwick in disguise?

When he received to the Santa Barbara Airport, he went inside together with his suitcase after which he will need to have modified garments, as a result of surveillance cameras have footage of Chadwick dressed as himself hanging out on the airport. 

Peter Chadwick is seen on surveillance video on the Santa Barbara Airport

U.S. Marshals

Hours ticked by, however he by no means received on a airplane.  As an alternative, Chadwick went again outdoors, received into one other cab, and drove away.  And that is the final anybody right here noticed of Peter Chadwick.

The seek for Chadwick was now a world manhunt with the U.S. Marshals main the way in which.

Marshal Craig McCluskey led the crew that might observe Chadwick.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: We’re gonna catch him.He is gonna make a mistake. We’re gonna choke him off … and seize him.

Not solely did Chadwick have a head begin – his life on the run can be well-financed.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: What makes him so troublesome to seek out is the truth that he fled with an honest amount of cash.

Tracy Smith: So, it was about one million {dollars} that he had in money when he left?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: Roughly one million {dollars}, sure.

Tracy Smith: Do you are feeling like he slipped by way of your fingers?

Lt. Bryan Moore [exhales]: Yeah. I truthfully wished, uh, , we may have wrapped this case up lots sooner.

Sgt. Ryan Peters: He received the higher of us, at this level.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: When you discover a string, you gotta begin pulling on it. And, uh, we discovered a pair strings.

Earlier than the ultimate tip that led investigators to Mexico, suggestions had come from in all places.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: The international locations that we have had lively leads in that we have pursued embody Japan … they embody Canada … Belize … Panama … the Ukraine.

McCluskey was satisfied Chadwick was getting assist whereas on the lam.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: I did not suppose this case was gonna flip into what it did. However I believe one cause that it did will not be as a result of Peter’s good. It is not as a result of he was savvy. It is not as a result of he outsmarted us, it is as a result of he is getting assist. I believe as soon as we minimize him off from his supply of assist that he is gonna make a mistake and we’re gonna catch him.

Karen Thorp had all the time hoped whoever was serving to Peter Chadwick might need a change of coronary heart.

Karen Thorp: Somebody wants to return ahead. Somebody with a conscience. Somebody who cares about these children and who cares about what has occurred to this beautiful lady. This beautiful, devoted mom who has no justice.

However justice can be in attain — when the manhunt ended south of the border, and the millionaire homicide suspect was taken into custody.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: You recognize, a fugitive, he must be fortunate each single day of his life.  We solely should be fortunate as soon as.  … The day he received arrested is the day we received fortunate.


After virtually 5 years, principally in a single day, every little thing modified. Late on August 4, 2019, “48 Hours” discovered of a brand new dramatic improvement within the Peter Chadwick investigation. 

Accused killer Peter Chadwick captured after years-long worldwide manhunt


In handcuffs and shackles, authorities had their man and Newport Seaside Police Chief Jon Lewis made the official announcement:

CHIEF JON LEWIS | NEWPORT BEACH POLICE [to reporters]: After receiving tons of and tons of of suggestions from all around the world, considered one of them led to our suspect …

The chief wouldn’t go into element about what that tip was.  Chadwick was picked up by Mexican federal police close to town of Puebla, south of Mexico Metropolis.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: I believe he was shocked. I do not suppose he anticipated to be arrested.

U.S. Marshal Craig McCluskey was on the airport in Los Angeles when Chadwick arrived, and he slapped the cuffs on him.

Tracy Smith: What’s the very first thing you stated to him?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: Peter…my identify is Craig McCluskey. I am from the US Marshals. I am inserting you within the custody of the USA Marshal Service.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: I believe he truly acknowledged me from the “48 Hours” episode that aired.

Tracy Smith: Whoa — he watched the “48 Hours” episode?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: I consider he did.

“48 Hours”‘ report on the hunt for Peter Chadwick aired in Might 2019. McCluskey advised “48 Hours” on the time he was assured Chadwick can be discovered. “I believe it is solely a matter of time. And I believe that day is coming quickly,” he stated.

Tracy Smith: And he acknowledged you from the “48 Hours?”

Marshal Craig McCluskey: Trigger the primary query he requested — he appeared me proper within the face and he requested me, “How’s Ben?” And Ben’s his oldest son. … I assume he assumed I had some contact together with his household.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: He stated when he noticed the episode, he realized his scenario had escalated lots. As a result of he did not notice the U.S. Marshals have been after him at that time.

Tracy Smith: So, he was watching us watching him?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: In essence, sure.

Tracy Smith: And he knew individuals have been coming after him.  He’d seen the protection.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: He turned actually stressed.  That is an unbelievable weight.  Trying over your shoulder on daily basis.

Particulars are nonetheless murky about the place Chadwick spent all his years on the run, however when he was picked up in Mexico he was residing in an condo.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: Peter was in a small village outdoors of Puebla Mexico, about two hours north of the Guatemalan border and about an hour and half south of Mexico Metropolis.  The make-up of the city was largely Caucasians, but additionally and Asian group as properly.

His hideout was subsequent to a rustic membership.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: That had tennis courts and, in fact, , Peter most well-liked enjoying tennis.

Tracy Smith: So, he continued to play tennis?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: Sure.

Tracy Smith: Did he change his look?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: He modified his look barely.  So, his hair was just a little darker.  He had some facial hair. He had a goatee. He tried to make himself just a little youthful, and I believe he was profitable at that – I imply his face appeared just a little completely different as properly.

Tracy Smith: Slightly nip and tuck in Mexico?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: Presumably. I do not know for certain. 

Police provide glimpse of captured homicide suspect Peter Chadwick’s life on the run


Chadwick apparently used many pretend ids and aliases, together with “Paul Cook dinner,” “Paul Craig” and “John Franklin.”

Marshal Craig McCluskey: He even had an ID card.  It was a duplicate of some fictional safety pressure. And he was representing himself as some sort of analyst with prime secret entry…together with his photograph on it…

However, unusually, Chadwick by no means received a pretend passport and that will have pressured him into some way of life modifications. He had began off his escape staying in good lodges.

Tracy Smith: And he stayed at some fancy lodges at first?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: He did keep at lodges. However I believe he began to alter his sample when Mexico began altering a few of their immigration legal guidelines – whether or not they required visas for non-citizens once they checked into lodges. … Which pressured him into, , extra discreet locations that might settle for money and no identification.

The condo the place Peter Chadwick was residing, left window at prime, in  San Andrés Cholula, Pueblo, Mexico, when he was caught.

After which there was cash. Though authorities determine he had about one million {dollars} in money when he fled, he occupied his days by choosing up odd jobs.

Tracy Smith What was he doing for cash?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: He did flee with a big sum of cash. … Most of that he lived off it. However I believe he did some small issues on the facet, possibly taught conversational English to kids to make a couple of additional bucks. … He was bussing tables, working in kitchens.

Tracy Smith: However he went from an actual property millionaire to bussing tables?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: Proper, I believe he was simply determined to slot in and keep on the run.  He was prepared to do something to maintain his flight.

One of many largest investigative breaks that led the U.S. Marshals to Chadwick was their discovery that he was in communication with individuals who knew him.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: We discovered … that he was receiving assist from these near him. To what extent, I do not know.  And the way the portions of cash that have been offered him, I do not know.  We do know that he was getting help from these near him again up right here nonetheless.

That info, mixed with the brand new tip and old school police work by Newport Seaside Police, the U.S. Marshals, and Mexican authorities in the end led to Chadwick’s arrest.

Tracy Smith: The weird factor is that this took practically 5 years to unfold after which increase! It occurred in a single day.

Marshal Craig McCluskey: That is completely because of the relationship with had with the Mexican authorities. Their response to the intelligence that was gathered, their very own intelligence gathering, that is actually paid off.

At this level, authorities will not be saying if they may cost anybody else in reference to Chadwick’s escape.

Meantime, they’re savoring their victory. Chief Lewis says he all the time knew Chadwick’s days have been numbered.

Tracy Smith: Did you ever, for a second, suppose, “He is gone perpetually?”

Chief Jon Lewis: Not — not for a minute. I consider in our investigators. I consider in our course of. I consider within the — within the coronary heart of this police division in direction of fixing these instances. And, so, in my thoughts, it was only a matter of time earlier than we received him. It wasn’t gonna be an if. It was a when.

Tracy Smith: Did he appear in any respect relieved?

Marshal Craig McCluskey: He did.  On the finish. … He stated one thing alongside the traces of, “It was getting laborious maintaining with the lies.”

For Karen Thorp, Q.C.’s shut good friend, Chadwick’s seize brings blended feelings.

Tracy Smith: What’s it prefer to see that?

Karen Thorp: I am indignant, repulsed. I wish to make him know the ache that everyone else suffered.

Tracy Smith: One of many issues we heard was that he was at a resort in Mexico.  What do you consider that?

Karen Thorp: Outrageous. … Any person who may have achieved this to her after which stay the excessive life is only a testomony to his coldness and depravity.

And that coldness, investigators say, prolonged to Chadwick’s willingness to desert his three sons perpetually.

CHIEF JON LEWIS [to reporters]: Our investigation reveals that Peter Chadwick by no means supposed to return from Mexico. He had no intentions of coming again to Orange County to face trial or increase the three sons that he’d deserted. Talking of the boys, our hearts exit to them and we ask that everybody respect their privateness at this extremely emotional time.

We do not know the way the Chadwick boys have reacted to their father’s seize, however we do know that in current months Karen Thorp advised “48 Hours” they have been doing properly.

Tracy Smith: Do you will have a way of how the boys are doing?

Karen Thorp: They’re actually, actually sturdy, actually, actually supported by Q.C.’s household.  There’s a lot love round them and a lot love for them. They’ve actually – they’ve continued to flourish despite this tragedy.

Q.C. Chadwick

And that may be a becoming tribute to a devoted mother whose life was minimize so brief.

Artwork Scott | Music instructor: We misplaced in Q.C. a mom who cared for her kids deeply, and who liked life and liked vibrancy, and liked to offer her kids all that she probably may.

In February 2022, Peter Chadwick pleaded responsible to killing his spouse in alternate for a 15-years-to-life jail sentence.

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