Shannan Watts’ Brother Speaks Out About Netflix Doc and How He Was Involved | 22 Words

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

Following the explosive reaction to Netflix's documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door, Shanann Watts' brother has finally spoken out.

Frankie Rzucek broke his silence this week to address the popularity of the documentary that details the deaths of his sister and nieces...

And, in doing so, he has given a rare insight into how his side of the family has coped with the aftermath of the sickening crimes.

Now, ever since its release on Netflix on September 30th...

American Murder: The Family Next Door has both captivated and horrified audiences all around the world.

Using police footage and Facebook photos and videos, the documentary delves into the story of the seemingly idyllic Watts family.

From an outsider's perspective, Chris and Shanann had it all - a large Colorado family home and 2 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 2 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 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), 1 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 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 then, soon after the documentary's debut...

There was a shocking development regarding the details of the young girls' murders.

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."

Obviously, these letters were truly and utterly horrifying...

And we can't even begin to imagine how Shanann's family felt reading them.

We were offered a glimpse of their turmoil in the documentary...

As Chris' crimes were read aloud in court, Shanann's father, Frank Rzucek, and her younger brother, Frankie Rzueck, were seen silently sobbing.

It was utterly heartwrenching to see...

And now, Frankie has spoken out about their experiences with the aftermath of the documentary.

Taking to Facebook, he complimented the angle the documentary took, writing:

"I highly recommend watching this. It's on Netflix. The director made sure we were a part of the whole process and we met the whole team personally. They made sure we were ok with them making this before they even started, unlike Lifetime's horrible movie."

He praised the documentary for giving his sister "a voice."

"She speaks throughout it. It also shows what her life was like before he came along and how happy she was with her beautiful family until he cheated and turned into a different person and became that monster."

You can see his full post here.

Rest in peace, Shanann, Bella, and Celeste. For more on Netflix's crime documentaries, keep scrolling...