Warning: This article contains graphic details that some may find upsetting.
Following the explosive reaction to Netflix’s documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door, Chris Watts’ alleged gay lover has come forward with some eye-opening details surrounding their secret affair.
It’s the plot twist none of us were expecting.
Chris Watts, who was found guilty of the murder of his pregnant wife, Shanann, and 2 daughters, Bella and Celeste, was allegedly having a secret affair with a young man… And the details he has come forward with are nothing short of chilling.
American Murder: The Family Next Door has both captivated and horrified audiences all around the world.
From an outsider’s perspective, Chris and Shanann had it all – a large Colorado family home and two beautiful daughters – 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.
Things were far from perfect.
A disturbing series of lies, betrayals, and murder began to gradually unfold.
She 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.
Where 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 two daughters were officially declared as missing.
Chris 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.
It 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.
Which he promptly failed.
He casually admitted to killing Shanann, who was pregnant with his unborn son at the time, as well as their two daughters.
And that he had killed her in a “fit of rage.”
Thus eventually admitting to smothering the girls himself, shortly after smothering their mother.
There, he loosely buried Shanann’s body in the dirt and dumped his daughters in an oil rig which, in order to retrieve the girls’ bodies, police eventually had to drain.
5 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.
He 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 two girls to the oil site and killed the girls there.
As well as eighty-four more years for his other crimes.
There was a shocking development regarding the details of the young girls’ murders.
Published in her tell-all book, Letters From Christoper, letters penned by Chris himself describe how he attempted to smother his daughters before strangling his pregnant wife at their home but was initially unsuccessful in killing them – a fact he kept secret from police during his interviews.
In the letter, he tells Cadle:
“August 12th when I finished putting the girls to bed, I walked away and said ‘That’s the last time I’m going to be tucking my babies in.'”
“August 13th, the morning of, I went to the girls’ room first, before Shanann and I had our argument. I went to Bella’s room, then Cece’s room and used a pillow from their bed (to kill them). That’s why the cause of death was smothering. After I left Cece’s room, then I climbed back in bed with Shanann and our argument ensued.”
And how they were “acting like they had been through a trauma.”
“After Shanann had passed, Bella and Cece woke back up. I’m not sure how they woke back up, but they did. Bella’s eyes were bruised and both girls looked like they had been through trauma. That made the act that much worse knowing I went to their rooms first and knowing I still took their lives at the location of the batteries.”
A young man has come forward with claims that he had been engaged in a secret, gay affair with Chris the year before the murders.
“He said he didn’t know if he was bisexual or gay,” Bolte recalled to Inside Edition, adding that Watts admitted he had a family, but gave the impression that he was separated from his wife.
Bolte explained how he and Chris sometimes got hotel rooms for their “meetings”, and also said that Chris paid for him to have several cosmetic procedures, including lip injections and Botox in his forehead and around his eyebrows.
They even enjoyed watching Netflix together – “I got him into Orange Is the New Black,” Bolte noted.
Unbelievably, Chris had allegedly introduced Bolte to his daughters.
“Cece just talked up a storm,” said Bolte. “She was one of the happiest little girls I’ve ever seen. Bella was very shy.”
And how he never dreamed that he could hurt them.
But said he received a long text message from him just days before the murders.
“Chris said that he was in love with me,” Bolte recalled. “He said he had never been so comfortable with someone. He said he felt like he could actually be himself around me.”
Rest in peace, Shanann, Bella, and Celeste.