Brad Flynn

NA Graduate

245th Session


Helena Police Department


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Topic of Presentation

International Intelligence/Cooperation

Title of Presentation

Unfathomable- The International Investigation into the death of Christina Watson

Length of Presentation

4-5 hours

Presentation Objective

To present the legal and political challenges faced in coordinating this 7- year multinational homicide investigation

Presentation Description

The presentation takes the class through the 8 ½ year multinational homicide investigation into the death of Christina Watson, a US citizen, who died mysteriously while SCUBA diving in Australia on her honeymoon. The investigation spanned thousands of miles and 4 continents and presented unprecedented challenges and legal hurdles for the investigators in both the US and Australia. Attendees will see and hear not just the synopsis of the case, but learn how to coordinate an international criminal investigation by lessons learned on this investigation.

Speaker Bio

Brad Flynn currently serves as the Operations Division Commander of the Helena, Alabama Police Department and has been involved with law enforcement for over 23 years. During his 20 years with Helena PD, Lt. Flynn has served in many different capacities including Narcotics and Undercover Investigation assignments, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Hostage Negotiator, Departmental In- Service Training Officer, Tactical Unit Operator and Team Commander, Criminal Investigations Division Detective and his current role of CID Commander. Lt. Flynn is a senior active shooter response instructor for the State of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and has trained thousands of both LE officers and civilians in active shooter response/survival. He also served on the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s North Alabama Identity Theft Task Force for 3 years as a sworn Deputy US Marshal in order to affect arrests nationwide.

The highlight of Lt. Flynn’s law enforcement career to date has been his role as the lead American Investigator assigned to the International Investigation assigned to investigate the death of Alabamian Christina Thomas Watson while SCUBA diving on her honeymoon off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 2003. This investigation lasted over 8 years and required him to coordinate the American involvement in a large scale, multi-agency international investigation into a death that occurred on the other side of the world.

In addition to his service with the City of Helena, Lt. Flynn served as an Adjunct Counter Terrorism Instructor for the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training based at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. As part of his responsibilities Lt. Flynn traveled the country training federal, state and local agencies on Counter Terrorism Operations and Prevention. In 2011, Lt. Flynn graduated from the 245th Session of the FBINA and holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.