Tracy Smith and 48 HOURS take viewers deep inside the investigation into the search for – and capture of – a multimillionaire real estate investor accused of killing his wife and staging a kidnapping plot, in “Peter Chadwick: Caught” to be broadcast Saturday, August 10 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. A 48 HOURS report is credited by investigators with helping trip up the fugitive after four-and-a-half years on the run.
48 HOURS gained exclusive insight into the U.S. Marshals’ search for Chadwick, who was charged with killing his wife and then jumped bail.
Chadwick and his wife, Q.C. Chadwick, were college sweethearts, married for 21 years and had three sons. They lived in a gated community in Newport Beach, Calif. That dream life collapsed one day in 2012 when neither of the Chadwicks turned up to pick up their sons from the bus stop. Investigators had little idea that day the search for the couple would lead them on an international manhunt.
The next morning, San Diego authorities got a 911 call from Chadwick, claiming a house painter named Juan murdered Q.C. and forced Peter Chadwick to get her body out of the house. He said a man helped Juan and they were planning to cut up his wife’s body and dispose it south of the border. Law enforcement didn’t believe Chadwick, and he was arrested and charged with Q.C.’s murder. He was released on $1 million in bail. Then he vanished. That was 2015.
Chadwick was one of the U.S. Marshals’ 15 most-wanted fugitives.
U.S. Marshal Craig McCluskey tells 48 HOURS that a previous edition of the broadcast that focused on the case caused Chadwick to alter his life on the run and ultimately helped lead to his capture.
“He said when he saw that episode, he realized his situation had escalated a lot,” said McCluskey. “Because he didn’t realize the U.S. Marshals were after him at that point.”
How was Chadwick able to elude those trying to find him for so long? And what happens next?
48 HOURS: “Peter Chadwick: Caught” is produced by Chuck Stevenson and Gayane Keshishyan Mendez. Michelle Fanucci is the field producer. Lauren White is the associate producer. Linda Martin is the update producer. Grayce Arlotta-Berner, George Baluzy and Kevin McLaughlin are the editors. Gail Zimmerman is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.