Chris Watts Was Ordered To Pay for Funeral Costs of Victims | 22 Words

Chris Watts, the murderer at the center of Netflix's latest crime documentary, has been ordered by the judge to pay for the funeral expenses for his family.

Here's what we know so far...

It's the documentary everyone is talking about.

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Since its release on Netflix on September 30th, American Murder: The Family Next Door has both captivated and horrified audiences all around the world.

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

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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...

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Things were far from perfect.

And, when a pregnant Shanann and her daughters suddenly went missing in August 2018...

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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.

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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.

The police quickly attended the Watts residence...

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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.

This is when things started to get suspicious.

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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.

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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...

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Which he promptly failed.

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

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He casually admitted 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...

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And that he had killed her in a "fit of rage."

But months later, he would go on to retract this claim...

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Thus eventually admitting to smothering the girls himself, shortly after strangling 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.

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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.

In November that year, Chris pleaded guilty to a number of charges:

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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.

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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.

Chris Watts is now serving 5 life sentences in prison...

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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, not even one week on from the documentary's debut...

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The repercussions were fast to reach Chris in his Wisconsin jail cell.

A source close to the murderer claimed that Chris is aware of the documentary...

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And, though he will never watch it himself, it reportedly sent him to "some dark places."

He was apparently in a lot of anguish.

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"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."

Chris was apparently "curious" as to how the documentary told his story...

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."

Since his heinous crimes, the judge ordered Watts to pay for the funeral of his family...

As well as any therapy Shanann's grieving family may need.

Watts struck the deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty for his crimes.

According to coloradoan.com, as part of Watts' sentence, he was ordered to pay more than $41,000 as well as paying for funeral and burial costs.

He was also ordered to pay the cost of any counseling the relatives of Shanann and the girls may need.

Shannan's parents Frank and Sandy Rzucek were awarded a $6 million payout by Watts after winning their civil case against him.

Rzuceks highlighted the fact Watts "misled investigators" and lied to the police and the media.

It read: "Defendant also gave multiple interviews to television and media outlets where he falsely claimed that he missed his family and was hoping they would all come home, so as to end his supposed 'nightmare' of life without his wife and children."

Watts agreed, giving a $1m payout to the Rzuceks for each of the deaths of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste.

They were also awarded an additional $3m for the "grief, pain and suffering, emotional stress, and loss of companionship," coloradoan.com reported. But obviously, no amount of money could ease the pain the family has to deal with. RIP Shanann, Bella, and Celeste.