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.
Now, ever since its release on Netflix on September 30th...American Murder: The Family Next Door has both captivated and horrified audiences all around the world.
Using police footage and Facebook photos and videos, the documentary delves into the story of the seemingly idyllic Watts family.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.
However, behind closed doors...Things were far from perfect.
And, when a pregnant Shanann and her daughters suddenly went missing in August 2018..A 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.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.
The police quickly attended the Watts residence...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.
And this is when things got suspicious.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.
However, his story kept changing.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.
Just 2 days after Shanann's and the girls' disappearances, Chris was made to sit a polygraph test...Which he promptly failed.
From this, Chris then confessed the truth to his father.He casually admitted to killing Shanann, who was pregnant with his unborn son at the time, as well as their two daughters.
At first, he tried to claim that Shanann had smothered her children upon finding out about his affair...And that he had killed her in a "fit of rage."
But months later, he would go on to retract this claim...Thus 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.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.
In November that year, Chris pleaded guilty to a number of charges: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.
Chris Watts is now serving 5 life sentences in prison...As 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
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