Chris Watts Says He Has a Newfound Relationship With God After Killing His Family | 22 Words

The notorious Chris Watts has spoken out in a new interview about the new path he's taken in prison...

Warning: This article contains graphic details that some may find upsetting.

Chris Watts' monstrous crimes have horrified the world...

And since the release of the Netflix documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door, his name has yet again been making headlines.

But now, all the way from his prison cell, Watts has spoken out again.

And what he has to say might raise a few eyebrows.

Now, it's the documentary everyone has been 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.

The documentary delves 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 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...

And they simply can't get over how a person can commit such terrible crimes upon their own family.

It's utterly terrifying...

How could a father do this to his children and wife?

Disgusting doesn't quite cover it...

All of this to "start a new life"?

This is something that will be talked about for decades...

And after watching the documentary, people are convinced they could see signs from Shanann's behavior on social media.

But just one week on from the documentary's debut...

Several new details about the case came to light.

For example, while the show revealed Chris had a secret girlfriend...

It didn't mention that in 2015, just 3 years before the murder, Chris and Shanann had filed for bankruptcy, with Chris being the breadwinner at the time.

And while Chris had always maintained that he committed the murders in a fit of rage, letters that he recently sent to author, Cheryln Cadle, tell a very different story.

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.

The details are nothing short of sickening.

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."

He then detailed how the girls had woken up after his first murder attempt...

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."

He then admitted to trying to "poison" Shanann with opiate painkiller Oxycodone, in an attempt to make her miscarry their first child...

Saying he "thought it would be easier to be with Nichole (his girlfriend) if Shanann wasn't pregnant."

While Chris initially claimed the decision to murder his family was spontaneous, he wrote in the letters he had been planning it for weeks.

He reportedly wrote: “All the weeks of me thinking about killing her, and now I was faced with it."

He revealed the most graphic details of Shanann's death...

"When she started to get drowsy, I somehow knew how to squeeze the jugular veins until it cut off the blood flow to her brain, and she passed out." He added: "Her eyes filled with blood; as she looked at me and she died. I knew she was gone when she relieved herself."

Understandably, people have been left completely sickened since the release of his letters.

Though many are simply grateful that he is destined to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

But just because he's spending the rest of his life behind bars...

Doesn't mean he's not aware of the documentary and his new-found fame.

Chris will never be able to see the documentary himself...

But reports have come in that just knowing the documentary is out there is sending him into some "very dark places."

A source close to the inmate told People:

"He hates knowing that it’s out there, but realizing that he will never see it. 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," they went on.

So he's not happy with it? Tough, Chris. The source said a number of employees at the prison where Chris is being held have seen the documentary...

And this, of course, has prompted "a lot of curiosity" about the inmate and making him "the most high-profile" of those behind bars.

The source explained:

"What he did is incomprehensible, so everyone wants to know more about the case."

And that's not all...

In another interview with investigators at the federal prison from 2019, Chris revealed that he has "found God" after killing his family.

Chris explained more about his newfound Christian faith...

According to audio and a transcript of the interview that Insider obtained from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Chris said he never read the Bible before entering prison, but has now read it cover to cover.

He also revealed that he keeps pictures of his murdered wife and kids in his cell, and reads scripture to them.

As well as copying passages out to send to his parents every day.

Chris continued by saying that his uncle and aunt, who are missionaries, have been "amazed" at how "mature" he has become since finding faith.

"I never knew I could have a relationship with God like I do now ... it's like the amazing grace with all of this, but I just wish nobody had to pay any kind of price for this," he said.

Committing himself to God has also stopped him from taking his own life, he revealed.

As per Insider, while Chris was being held at the Weld County Jail, he claimed that fellow inmates would yell ways he could commit suicide in his cell, and for a while he said, "I was listening to them."

He told investigators he prayed every day to be transferred out of the state, a wish that was granted when he was moved to a federal prison in Wisconsin.

"I just feel like God moved me here for a reason. Hopefully I can help people that way," he said.

Despite reading the Bible, Chris admitted he's only been to one church service at the prison.

"There was this one church service — the only one I've gone to in here — and [the pastor] said you're not defined by one moment in your life. And I think people are defining me by one moment in my life. They don't know what happened before and what can happen later," he said.

He also said he realized that what other people think about him doesn't matter anymore.

"I know I shouldn't really, you know, take to heart what other people think about me so much," he told investigators. "It's just a matter of what God thinks about me, what his opinion is, not anybody else's."

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what Chris thinks...

All that is important is the memory of Shanann, Bella, and CeCe. Rest in Peace to these beautiful souls.