‘Family Next Door’ Viewers Praise Neighbor For Insisting Chris Watts ‘Wasn’t Acting Right’ To Police | 22 Words

Netflix's latest crime documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door has had the country hooked as we all re-lived the memory of hearing about a husband and father who murdered his wife and 2 daughters.

But viewers have now taken to thanking one particular person who raised his suspicions early on...

Have you watched American Murder: The Family Next Door?

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The show has, yet again, brought about more details on the horrific story, and this time, it involves the neighbor.

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 shocked audiences all around the world.

The documentary, with the use of Shanann's Facebook videos and police bodycam footage, 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 Shanann had also missed an 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, who was pregnant with his unborn son at the time, 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 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.

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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.

But now people are talking about one person who hasn't received enough credit in this.

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The neighbor who alerted the cops about how unusual Watts was acting in the house. He also showed them evidence on the security camera footage to point out the parts that were unnatural of his character.

He hoped that this would give the police some foundations to begin the investigation.

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It was all recorded on the officer's body cam. In the clip, the neighbor says: "If there is any sort of action out there, I would have got it."

And after coming into contact with Watts after the murder, he concluded that he was acting guilty.

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"He's not acting right at all. He's never fidgety. "He's never rocking back and forth, and if you look - pointing towards his TV showing the CCTV footage - he never loads his stuff in and out of the garage ever."

The neighbor continues:

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"He's normally, you can ask them, he's quiet, really subdued, he never talks, so the fact he's over there blabbing his mouth makes me kinda suspicious of something. "He doesn't look worried, he looks like he's trying to cover his tracks."

From noticing the changes to alerting the police, everyone praised him for his quick thinking:

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Watch the full clip of the bodycam footage here:

RIP to Shannan and her 2 daughters. They deserved better. If you're in the mood to hear about more crime news, then keep scrolling to read about Ted Bundy...