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Titus also tells his sister that he once had sex with his first cousin - HUH?

Another story on Craig Titus from Glen Puit. This story has some bizzare details about what Craig Titus said in jailhouse recordings. Visit The Las Vegas Review Journal for the story.

Bodybuilder relates family violence in jailhouse recordings
By Glen Puit | Review-Journal

In jailhouse recordings, bodybuilder Craig Titus talks of grabbing his teenage daughter by the throat and throwing her during a domestic dispute at his southwest Las Vegas home.

In a conversation taped by police as part of a murder-for-hire investigation in the Titus case, Titus is heard telling his sister about catching his daughter coming home in the early-morning hours wearing no underwear under her skirt.

“Three a.m.,” Titus said. “That’s when I grabbed her by the neck and threw her across the room. Man, I was hot. I was hot. Anyways, it wasn’t good.”

Titus does not indicate whether the incident ever was reported to police or investigated by authorities.

Also in the recordings, the nationally known bodybuilder, who competed in two Mr. Olympia competitions earlier this decade, says he no longer has any desire to lift weights.

“I love smoking … love sitting on my couch with my cigarette watching TV like a big fat bum,” Titus said.

“You know what? I hate lifting weights now. I don’t like doing it anymore, even though I’ll do it for the ladies.”

Titus also tells his sister that he once had sex with his first cousin. Then the bodybuilder tells her that police probably are listening to his comments as he talked on the phone at the Clark County Detention Center.

“They are probably listening to this at the control center right now,” Titus says. “Tape recording it. ‘Hey we got him now. This is good character flaws for this young man. He had sex with his cousin.’ ”

The recordings, obtained by the Review-Journal this week, are among more than 120 calls recorded by police as part of an investigation into allegations that Titus tried to orchestrate the murders of three witnesses in his upcoming murder trial.

An acquaintance of Titus, Nelson Brady Jr., is charged with three counts of solicitation to commit murder in the scheme. Titus so far has not been charged in the plot, and he denies any wrongdoing.

Titus, 42, and his fitness champion wife, Kelly Ryan, 34, are charged with murder in the death of their personal assistant, Melissa James. The 28-year-old James was found in the trunk of Ryan’s burning car off state Route 160 in December 2005.

Titus’ defense attorney, Marc Saggese, said Thursday that the contents of the latest police recordings are irrelevant to Titus’ murder case and that Titus always has acknowledged having a stormy relationship with his teenage daughter. Titus has struggled for years to steer the girl onto the right path in life but never has harmed the young woman, Saggese said.

The audiotapes are being cited as having at least one direct connection to one aspect of Titus’ court battles.

Last week, Saggese filed a court motion seeking to have District Judge Jackie Glass removed from his murder case. Saggese accused the judge of engaging in a prohibited conversation with a prosecutor, Robert Daskas, and another attorney about the murder-for-hire investigation.

Saggese argued that, in a police report filed by homicide detectives in the case, Glass was told of the particulars of the murder-for-hire investigation against Titus, and that knowledge of the investigation meant Glass could not preside fairly over Titus’ murder trial without being biased against the bodybuilder.

But in a motion filed Thursday by Daskas, the prosecutor disputed the contents of Titus’ legal motion, saying that Glass never was told of the murder-for-hire investigation and that there was nothing inappropriate about Daskas’ meeting with Glass. Furthermore, Daskas said that long before Titus sought to have the judge removed from the case because of the meeting, Titus was planning to do whatever was necessary to get Glass off his trial.

As proof, Daskas detailed other police-recorded conversations of Titus bad-mouthing the judge months ago.

“We need to get out of that courtroom big-time, bro. … She’s wicked, dude,” Titus tells Brady in one call. “I mean, I’ve never seen anybody so (expletive) mean.”

In another conversation, Titus tells Brady he wants to hire Glass’ husband, defense attorney Steve Wolfson, to defend his wife on the murder charges the couple face.

Titus goes on to say that if he hires Wolfson, then there is no way Glass will be able to preside over the bodybuilder’s murder trial, now scheduled for April.

“So if we were to hire Wolfson for … Kelly, they’d have to recuse us right out of her court,” Titus said.

But Saggese said that his client’s prior comments about the judge also are irrelevant and that Glass legally is required to recuse herself from the case because the police report notes that Glass was told about the details of the murder-for-hire investigation.

“Did the police officer file a false report, or is Robert Daskas not telling the truth?” Saggese said. “It’s one or the other. If Robert Daskas is willing to admit an officer filed a false police report in this case, I will withdraw the motion.”

Daskas’ motion states that the police officer was not present at the meeting, so the officer did not witness what was said.

Glass also has filed an affidavit saying that there was nothing improper about the meeting and that she will be fair to Titus in his trial.

Ryan’s attorney, Greg Denue, said Thursday that he has no plans to join Titus in his effort to have Glass, “a completely fair and unbiased judge,” taken off the case.

Chief District Judge Kathy Hardcastle is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether Glass will stay on the case.

18 Responses to “Titus also tells his sister that he once had sex with his first cousin - HUH?”

  1. WTF Says:

    As the father of a teenage daughter I can’t imagine checking under her skirt for underwear let alone grabbing her by her throat and trowing her across a room. The DA will undoubtebly enter this evidence to prove that Titus is capable of extreme physical violence of anyone at any time.

    He’s also got to be an idiot to believe that Wolfson would have considered taking the case. My guess is that Wolfson wouldn’t have even taken the phone call.

    T.I.T.: Titus Is Toast

  2. Chainsaw Says:

    CT is hanging himself. Even if they don’t bring this stuff into the courtroom, he has a big mouth. They might be doing old Craigger’s a favor by putting him in soitary, he can’t seem to be quiet.

  3. Disgusted Says:

    Too late, he’s blabbed enought to convict himself and Kelly twice already.

  4. darkstar Says:

    I do wonder why they put him in solitary. Maybe not necessarily for causing problems, but maybe like chainsaw said, he talks too much, and maybe was potentially doing harm to his case by bloviating to everyone in sight…

    Probably put him in there for his own good, although that sounds weird.


  5. Disgusted Says:

    ANything is possible. Reality must be setting in by now especially since his attorney opened his big mouth about Judge Glass then gets denied in his attempt to recuse her.

  6. chainsaw Says:

    CT hates lifting weights. Aint ever gonna be able to sit on that couch with a smoke ever again. Steel benches, and a cot.

  7. darkstar Says:

    CT is quickly turning into the Pillsbury Doughboy…

    Not trying to rip on him, but it is true…I wonder how KR is looking these days…is she melting as well?


  8. fill banner Says:

    Craig Titus is a KILLER!

  9. Chainsaw Says:


    KR is running aerobics classes in Jail. Seriously, she is. I think I read that in Brenda Kelly’s interview.

  10. darkstar Says:

    Well, I guess it beats laying around on the couch in front of the tube and smoking cigarettes!


  11. shockandawe Says:

    Chain, CT is getting his wish, if you think about it. It’s all he wants to do - to sit around and smoke. I knew that about him, oddly, in a way when I knew him. When he first got out, he used to talk about smoking all the time and how much he loved it and was very complacent when he first got out (no real roids in the system for a time cuz of testing, post-incarceration).

    Kelly and her aerobics classes….
    Hmmm…. well, I know she is not the lazy slouch that Craig is, and has much more skills of self-preservation in her. I hope they serve her well in the upcoming trial and how her attorney and she choose to paint her involvement. But the aerobics classes kind of smack of the same thing I remember hearing when they were traveling across country.. that she had taught dance moves, while on the lam from burning up a friend in her trunk.. to girls in a Jiffy Lube or wherever that was.

    I just think her priorities are odd. It is better than wasting away and it does indicate that she is doing the best she can daily to live her life, under the circumstances life has dealt her. So, no judgment there, per se, but I do think that she is definitely her mother’s daughter. Her mom was a lot like that - which most people find inspirational but which has a darker side attached to it. The purging in the bathroom and the bulimia that killed her.

    The cheerleader, “Everything is rosey even though I’m in jail” stuff is hard to grasp. I’m not close-minded enough to not try to get it, but I have to say, it also feels a little diminishing of the gravity and seriousness of the offense and why she is there. So, while I don’t expect that she should tie herself to the rafters in her cell and hang herself, I do think it’s odd to hear reports from prison about “upbeat inspiration” and such… I know you can’t unring a bell, even if you have done the crime, and that there is such a thing as accepting it’s done and moving on, but it’s just odd, is all.

    Can’t really explain how I feel about that, I guess.

  12. chainsaw Says:


    They were an odd, very odd couple. Each of their insecurities seemed to feed eachother to result in disaster.

  13. darkstar Says:


    Not too sure, but my guess is that there isnt anything rosy about being in jail…that kind of diversional thinking may work for a while, but as time goes on and the tediousness increases, not to mention the unknown of knowing when that cell is going to open up and let you out, if ever, Id think the thought process shifts to delusion…I would think that KR will fall victim to this sooner or later…

    CR on the other hand…he is just nuts. He could probably keep a scheme rolling in his head forever…


  14. darkstar Says:

    I meant CT, not CR…jeez….not enough cafeeen…


  15. shockandawe Says:

    Don’t know if it’s too far gone for you to come back and read this, but I’ll jsut say that you’re right on the money that CT can keep a scheme going for YEARS - a lifetime if necessary - in his head and his world.

    To me, that is certifiable. But then he’ll have a lot of time to keep it going too.


  16. darkstar Says:


    I never met the man, never will, and dont really care to, but you can get a pretty good idea of where somebody’s head is at if you watch them long enough…you know the guy…you likely know him better than most in that regard…you tried to warn KR about his proclivities….people like CT are like a magnet to some folks…Kelly was one of them who got stuck in his web…

    CT may think he is fooling people, but those days are soon to be long gone.

    It appears he may have bitten off a little too much to handle this time…


  17. shockandawe Says:

    To say the least. I think he was destined for prison life. Apparently, Kelly was too. I think it’s interesting how she handled her mom’s death. Her one letter to me in response to wishing her Happy Birthday in jail, was that she was doing fine about it. But here’s a woman who died of stress and bulimia and whatever else, on the day she was going to show and sell her condo to pay for their defense.. I guess there was an offer on it. This is just a “good God” moment in my mind. Then the fact that he is trying to “hook up” when his buddy calls him, and he says. “Does your girlfriend have a hot girlfriend for me?” WHAT F’ING PLANET MUST YOU BE FROM TO ASK THAT IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS??? Ya’ think there’s some dissociation there? Ummm….

  18. pattianne Says:


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