The killer murdered his wife and then posed as a Marvel hero on the run before the podcast caught him


After investing millions in real estate, Peter Chadwick had an oceanfront home in an upscale gated community in Newport Beach, California.

Chadwick shared the approximately $2.5 million Mediterranean-style home with his Malaysian-born wife Quee Choo, to whom he has been married for 21 years.

Chadwick, 57, was born in the UK but became a US citizen when he married Quee, 46, who had been his college sweetheart. After the marriage, Quee, affectionately called QC by her friends, became a housewife to their three sons.

Family was everything to Quee, and she loved nothing more than arranging family reunions. Those who knew the couple said they were calm and composed. With their wealth, they seemed to have the perfect life until tragedy struck the family.

On October 10, 2012, Quee’s two youngest sons (then aged eight, ten and 14) were found waiting at a bus stop and said their parents didn’t pick them up after school.

Another parent drove her home, but the couple wasn’t in the house, so they asked the police to do a social check.

Murdered Quee was a devoted mother of three


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When officers entered the home, they found blood in the bathtub and on the bathroom walls. There were signs of a struggle in the master bedroom, including a broken glass vase and a towel with blood on it.

The house safe had been emptied and Chadwick and Quee were missing. Had the couple been victims of a home invasion?

The police sounded the alarm out of concern for their safety. But the next day, Chadwick called her from a gas station near the Mexican border.

In a shocking confession, he said his wife was dead and that a handyman he hired to paint her house killed her in her bathroom and robbed her. The handyman then allegedly forced Chadwick to drive to Mexico to dispose of Quee’s body.

After police discovered his exact location, they picked Chadwick up, but were immediately suspicious of his story. He did not have Quee’s body, but officers noted that he had scratches on his neck and dried blood on his hands.

Chadwick then admitted that he made up the story about the handyman and told them where to find Quee’s body. He led her to a trash can in Lakeside, a suburb of San Diego. Inside, Quee’s body was wrapped in a blanket. She had been strangled and drowned.

Chadwick was arrested and charged with murder. Investigators determined that Chadwick may have been unfaithful and that Quee was considering a divorce. Did that spark a fight between the couple?

Released on bail

While awaiting trial, Chadwick was released in December 2012 after posting $1 million bail. He gave up his American and British passports and agreed to live with his father, a wealthy investor, in Santa Barbara.

It was a controversial decision, but for two years he appeared at hearings. Then, in January 2015, when he was due to attend a pre-trial hearing, Chadwick disappeared.

When police went to Santa Barbara, Chadwick’s family said they believed he went to Seattle. Officials saw that Chadwick had called a taxi and driven to an airport – but left the airport six hours later dressed differently. His phone was then turned off and found in a trash can.

Receipts from Seattle and literature on life in Canada were found at the place where Chadwick was staying. Books were also mentioned How to change your identity , How to successfully live on the run and Survival in Mexico.

There was evidence of a struggle in the bedroom and the safe had been emptied


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It was clear that Chadwick had escaped. He became an international fugitive and was on the US Marshals 15 Most Wanted list. Bank records showed that Chadwick had withdrawn $600,000 from an account called the Chadwick Family Trust. He had also taken out cash advances on credit cards and used up all of his other accounts in the millions.

For several years, Chadwick was hunted by the police. They searched the US, Canada and Mexico but found no trace of him. Chadwick was used to traveling for work and easily disappeared into the dark with his money.

$100,000 reward

Then, in late 2018, the police took the unusual step of creating a crime podcast called Countdown to capture about the case.

There had been success on other popular crime podcasts, and it was a way to put pressure on Chadwick while keeping the case in the spotlight. They offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to Chadwick’s arrest.

In the final episode, police warned Chadwick that his time on the run would be short-lived. “Mr. Chadwick, you are in a very bad situation here,” they said. “You can run, but you can’t hide much longer. Do yourself a favor, Mr Chadwick, and get in touch.”

It unleashed a flood of clues from around the world, and one led them to Chadwick’s whereabouts. The podcast had worked.

A press conference announcing the 2019 capture of Chadwick


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In August 2019, after four years on the run, Chadwick was found in Puebla, near Mexico City, in a semi-detached house in a community of American expats.

When searched, Chadwick had a fake ID from the Marvel show Agents of SHIELD . He had used it to pose as a spy.

Chadwick had initially used several aliases and stayed at high-end resorts in Mexico, but when he got to the point where he was required to show a passport, he moved to more modest hostels.

Meanwhile, he had left his three sons with the family with no intention of returning to them.

Chadwick was tried again for first-degree murder, which he knew would face prison for the rest of his life, so he made a plea deal.

In February of this year, almost ten years after Quee’s death, Chadwick, 57, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and admitted to killing his wife.

Chadwick tearfully apologized to the court. “I wish I could take it back,” he said. “I destroyed everything, so whatever the court decides, I deserve it.”

He was found in Mexico after ten years of evading justice


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Prosecutors said Chadwick strangled and drowned his wife in the bathroom of their luxury home, then dumped her body in a trash can.

Quee’s brother and sister had written statements that were read in court. They said she was devoted to her family.

Quee’s sister said, “I will never understand how, after injuring her, Chadwick was so barbarically able to throw her body away as if she were a worthless piece of junk.”

As part of the plea deal, Chadwick was sentenced to life imprisonment and told he would serve at least 15 years. Quee’s family finally got justice 10 years after her death.

Chadwick had tried to get away with murder with his money – but he soon found he had nowhere to hide.

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