A body language expert has analyzed the police footage from Netflix's latest crime documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door, and, in doing so, has unveiled the harrowing moment the father-turned-murderer, Chris Watts, gave himself away.
It's the documentary everyone is talking about.
via: NetflixSince its release on Netflix on September 30th, American Murder: The Family Next Door has both captivated and horrified audiences all around the world.
The documentary, with the use of Shanann's Facebook videos and police bodycam footage, delves into the story of the seemingly idyllic Watts family.
via: NetflixFrom an outsider's perspective, Chris and Shanann Watts had it all - a large Colorado family home and two beautiful daughters - 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.
However, behind closed doors...
via: NetflixThings were far from perfect.
And, when a pregnant Shanann and her daughters suddenly went missing in August 2018...
via: NetflixA disturbing series of lies, betrayals, and murder began to gradually unfold.
The alarm was first raised on August 13th, 2018, when Shanann's friend, Nickole Atkinson, rang the police saying she was concerned for her wellbeing.
via: NetflixShe had dropped Shanann home in the early hours of the morning after a business trip and hadn’t been able to get hold of her since. She noted also that Shanann had also missed an appointment.
The police quickly attended the Watts residence...
via: NetflixWhere they found no signs of foul play, but all of Shanann’s personal belongings, such as her wedding ring and cell phone. It was then that Shanann and her 2 daughters were officially declared as missing.
This is when things started to get suspicious.
via: NetflixChris Watts returned home and, at first, appeared to be the confused and lost husband, telling police he “didn’t know what to do" and appealing for information to do with his wife and daughters’ whereabouts.
However, his story kept changing.
via: NetflixIt didn't take long for the police to grow suspicious of Chris, and it was quickly revealed that he had been having a long-standing affair with a colleague from work.
Just 2 days after Shanann's and the girls' disappearances, Chris was made to sit a polygraph test...
via: NetflixWhich he promptly failed.
From this, Chris then confessed the truth to his father.
via: NetflixHe casually admitted to killing Shanann, who was pregnant with his unborn son at the time, as well as their 2 daughters.
At first, he tried to claim that Shanann had smothered her children upon finding out about his affair...
via: NetflixAnd that he had killed her in a "fit of rage."
But months later, he would go on to retract this claim...
via: NetflixThus eventually admitting to smothering the girls himself, shortly after smothering their mother.
After more police probing, Chris eventually revealed that he had taken Shanann and the girls out to an Anadarko Petroleum site where he worked.
via: NetflixThere, he buried Shanann's body in a shallow grave before dumping his daughters in an oil rig which, in order to retrieve their bodies, police eventually had to drain.
In November that year, Chris pleaded guilty to a number of charges:
via: Netflix5 counts of first-degree murder (including 2 additional counts for his daughters because they were children under twelve), one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and 3 counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
But even at this point, he still hadn’t told the true full story of what had happened that fateful day.
via: NetflixHe later told investigators that he and Shanann had argued over their relationship and his wish to leave her, so he had killed her. This woke his daughters, who asked what was going on. He then took Shanann’s body and the 2 girls to the oil site and killed the girls there.
Chris Watts is now serving 5 life sentences in prison...
via: NetflixAs well as eighty-four more years for his other crimes.
Since the documentary aired, people have been reeling at the harrowing details of the highly-publicized Watts case.
I finished watching the Chris Watts documentary on Netflix already and man.... all I have to say & in the most offe… https://t.co/Emm3qdQNVG— Marina (@Marina)1601489364.0
Just finished watching American Murderer: The Family Next Door on Netflix. There is a special place in hell for men… https://t.co/Pi7l1nRBEA— Levay (@Levay)1601486118.0
#americanmurder It looks like Chris Watts wasn't emotionally attached to his wife and kids at all, yet managed to p… https://t.co/lai4Q90HYV— Maja Struthers (@Maja Struthers)1601492287.0
Watching American Murder: The Family Next Door. I really cannot fathom how Chr*s W*tts could kill his pregnant wife… https://t.co/JraQihXfad— Zyra (@Zyra)1601462849.0
Just finished American Murderer: The family next door and all I can say is fuck Chris Watts. As a father of 2 I can… https://t.co/tE7eu1v6j8— Justin Erubiel Felix (@Justin Erubiel Felix)1601515823.0
I think “American murderer: The family next door” is the most shocking documentary I have ever seennnn— Abegiaa (@Abegiaa)1601587227.0
If you haven’t watched “American Murderer The Family Next Door” on Netflix yet. Don’t watch it. I’m sick to stomach over it.— Alexander The Average (@Alexander The Average)1601702639.0
I am very disturbed after watching American Murderer the family next door. My heart broke watching that documentary.— YoungLewgi (@YoungLewgi)1601608510.0
But now, not even one week on from the documentary's debut...
via: NetflixA body language expert has weighed in on the police footage and has given his own insight into Chris' behavior in the days following the murders.
Derek Van Schaik runs a YouTube channel dedicated to body language analysis, investigations, and commentaries on "hot topics"...
In his video, titled "Watch How Police Caught Chris Watts, Family Murderer, With Body Language", Derek started with the initial police visit...
via: YouTubeWhere Chris was still pretending he had no idea what had happened to his wife and daughters in the aftermath of their disappearances.
He talks through how Chris was evidently "dilly-dallying" as the police searched the home and probed him for any information regarding Shanann's whereabouts...
via: YouTube"It’s very likely he did something that he thinks will help him cover his tracks," Derek explains.
Chris then pretends to have "found" Shanann’s phone, which is when "the performance really begins," according to Derek.
via: YouTubeNickole, Shanann's friend who initially raised the alarm, then suggests looking at security cameras to try and determine when Shanann left the house, however, Chris immediately dismisses the idea - something Derek says screams "guilty."
His near-constant texting was another clue to his guilt.
via: YouTubeDerek notes how, as his neighbor shows the CCTV footage of the crime scene - and of Chris hiding the bodies, unbeknown to the police at that moment - Chris seems almost disinterested and more invested with his phone. "Chris is burying his head in his phone to mentally escape where he is right now. Yes, it's likely he's texting his mistress girlfriend to keep himself distracted. Notice how close he's holding his phone to his body - very defensive body language."
His total disinterest in his neighbor's CCTV footage was a blatant giveaway too, according to Derek.
via: YouTubeHe explained: "Notice how he looked completely away from the TV to the door, with a deep breath... First thing, he doesn't like what he sees on the screen. This may sound too simple, but it's true... Second, the fact he looks all the way around to the front door shows he wants to get out of there."