Expert Reveals the 4 Gestures That Gave Away Killer Dad Chris Watt’s Guilt

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The crimes of Chris Watts shook the world, particularly in the aftermath of the Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door last year. Now a body language expert has revealed the accidental ways Watts gave himself away …

And they’re very surprising.

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How many of them did you spot?

Now, Chris Watts’ horrifying story resurfaced last year in September when Netflix released American Murder: The Family Next Door…

And it both captivated and horrified audiences all around the world.

With the use of Shanann’s Facebook videos and police bodycam footage, the documentary delved into the story of the seemingly idyllic Watts family.

From an outsider’s perspective, Chris and Shanann Watts had it all – a large Colorado family home and 2 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.

From this, Chris then confessed the truth to his father…

By casually admitting to killing Shanann as well as their 2 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.”

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.

Of course, the entire world was left utterly sickened over what the supposed “doting father” did to his family.

As well as eighty-four more years for his other crimes.

But following the huge success of the Netflix documentary, a body language expert has spoken out.

In a brand new movie about the crimes, Chris Watts: A Faking It Special, which is set to air on discovery+.

Dr. Cliff Lansley has revealed the subtle gestures that gave away Watts’ guilt, saying “We’ve got a cluster of four behaviors which say there’s nothing in this statement that you have confidence in, because it’s not true.”

The first was an unintentional “expression of pleasure” when he says he “wants his family back.”

“When he says, ‘I just want them back,’ and he’s talking about his children here, you see the lip corners raised; you see the eyes tighten.”

“His cheeks are raised. This combination of these two muscles is an indicator of genuine pleasure.”

Another clue comes when Watts made his famous appeal to Shannan to come home.

“While he’s saying that, he slings out a left hand – a hand shrug – which rotates anticlockwise.”

“Now, a single hand shrug is not enough for a behavioral analyst to rely on, but when he closes his eyes for a full second, and you see a slight head shake no when he’s making the claim he wants them back.”

Linguist Dawn Archer also helped analyze Watts’ speech.

“It’s about him. And there’s a lot of ‘I’ statements in there.”

“He then focuses on his apparent despair, but there’s no matching effect in the voice; we don’t hear that despair. More red flags.”

Langsley also focuses on another of Watts’ bizarre behaviors.

“We’ve got the swaying, we have the double-handed hand shrug, and we have a volume drop. The swaying shows anxiety, so there’s anxiety going on.”

“He’s making an affirmative claim that she was still here when I was here at 5.15am, but his hands are doing a partial gesture – it’s leakage, you can just see it on the bottom of the screen.”

“That small movement of the hands, the rotation, is what we call a double-handed shrug, which is part of the full gesture ‘I have no confidence in what I’ve just said.'”

Will you be watching the new documentary?

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