Chris Watts lived with his wife Shannon and their two young daughters in Frederick, Colorado. They were married for six years. Their life was the ideal American dream with two small children, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, and a beautiful five-bedroom home. But, as we learn as we get older, things aren’t always what they seem to be on the surface.
Although I am not sure as to the length of the affair, it is now public knowledge that Chris was having an affair with a female co-worker. It is also assumed, per discovery of certain searches done on his computer, that he may very well have wanted out of his marriage and to start anew with his mistress.
This was a very short investigation. Shannon and her daughters were reported missing on August 13 and by end of day August 15, the police had arrested Chris. During that interrogation Chris confessed to strangling his wife in a fit of rage and retaliation after (this is HIS account now) she strangled her two children when he asked her for a separation. (I find it hard to believe that a woman who was evidenced to be trying to get the marriage back on track and a dedicated mother would strangle her children in anger towards her husband. It’s very rare that a woman chooses strangulation, especially manual strangulation. That takes anywhere from 2-4 minutes of constant pressure. It’s very physically draining. Women more often use methods of murder that aren’t so hands-on, i.e. poison, firearm, fire…something where they don’t have to actually TOUCH the person to cause death. And it’s even more rare that a pregnant woman commits multiple murder, especially of children.)
On August 16 the bodies of Shannon and her two daughters were discovered at the property of Chris’ former employer (he was fired on August 15, maybe because he got arrested or maybe because the former boss had suspicions, I don’t know). The two little girls were found in oil tanks while Shannon was buried in a shallow grave near the tanks.
After that, he was charged with multiple counts of first degree murder, unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three tampering with a deceased human body counts. He pled guilty to all of those charges to avoid the death penalty. (Definitely cowardly, if you ask me but, I know no one did so, moving on.)
The interrogation video of Chris and his mistress’ interview have been released. Nancy Grace and guests discuss this at www.crimeonline.com. Check it out. You’ll realize the diabolical coldness that allowed this man to annihilate his family. Guests include Susan Constantine, Deception & Body Language Expert; Vincent Hill, Private Investigator, Author of "Playbook to a Murder"; Ashley Willcott, Atlanta Juvenile Judge & Lawyer; Ellen Killoran, CrimeOnline Reporter.