Chris Watts, the murderer at the center of Netflix’s latest crime documentary, has made some astonishing claims from his Wisconsin prison.
Here’s what we know so far…
It’s the documentary everyone is talking about.
Since its release on Netflix on September 30th, American Murder: The Family Next Door has both captivated and horrified audiences all around the world.
From 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.
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 a pregnant Shanann had missed a doctor’s 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 2 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 as well as their 2 daughters.
And that he had killed her in a “fit of rage.”
Thus eventually admitting to smothering the girls himself, shortly after strangling their mother.
There, 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.
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 2 girls to the oil site and killed the girls there.
As well as eighty-four more years for his other crimes.
The repercussions were fast to reach Chris in his Wisconsin jail cell.
And, though he will never watch it himself, it reportedly sent him to “some dark places.”
“Just knowing that the documentary is out there has sent Chris to some dark places,” the source, who talked to Watts the weekend after the documentary’s release, told PEOPLE. “He hates knowing that it’s out there, but realizing that he will never see it.”
And that’s what’s causing him the most anguish, not the poignant reminder of his sickening crimes.
“He’s reliving a lot of what happened, and he hates not knowing what people are seeing about his private communications. Not that he wants to spend that time watching the darkest days of his life, but he wants to know what the documentary looks like and how it tells the story.”
He is apparently a “changed man.”
His mom, Cindy Watts, revealed a letter from her son last year as part of a HLN special, Killer Dad, Chris Watts Speaks…
Where he’d written that he was a “changed man” and that he’d “found God.”
They always do, don’t they?
“I’m still a Dad! I’m still a son! No matter what. Now, I can add servant of God to that mix! He has shown me peace, love, and forgiveness, and that’s how I live every day.”
Rest in peace, Shanann, Bella, and Celeste.