American Murder Reveals The Truth About The Chris Watts Case

american murder the family next door revealed a lot about the chris watts case which centered around the disappearance and murders of shanann watts and her two young children bella and celeste here's everything we learned while watching the devastating true crime story play out the family next door quickly brings viewers into the world of the watts family thanks in a huge part to pictures posts and videos from shanann watson's social media pages after introducing the mother of two and her family the documentary drops a bombshell on viewers in may of 2018 shenan revealed to her husband chris watts that she was pregnant with their third child while that might be good news under other circumstances that detail is quite unsettling in a true crime documentary especially because it's obvious from the start that shenan and her kids would never get to meet the fifth member of their family chris watts's reaction to the news of shenan's pregnancy seems to be happy according to the video she made of the reveal really really that's awesome sadly that baby would never get the chance to come into the world although chris and shanann watts were expecting their third child together that didn't stop chris from starting an affair with a co-worker just a few months after learning his wife was pregnant the family next door delves into their secret relationship by examining texts photos and other documentation of the affair chris watts and his mistress nicole kessinger apparently got serious about each other in june of 2018.

a month after shenan's pregnancy reveal and two months before the murder of her and her children it didn't take long after that for chris to fall in love with kessinger as evidenced by his google history which included searches like when to say i love you for the first time in a new relationship and how does it feel when someone says i love you kessinger was just as serious about the romance as chris two months after they started dating she was looking at wedding dresses online while nicole kessinger could have been a villain in the dark story of the watts family she appeared to be just as in the dark about who chris watts was as everyone else for starters chris lied to kessinger about his marital status from the start telling her that he was in the process of separating from shenan additionally kessinger revealed that chris wasn't wearing a wedding band when they first met and he informed me that he did have two daughters um he also told me that he was currently in the process of a separation from his wife and that's how it started however it wasn't until shenan and her children's disappearances that kessinger found out that not only was chris still married but that he was expecting a third child with his wife upon learning the truth kessinger wondered what else he had lied about and she suspected that he had something to do with his wife's disappearance at that point kessinger made the difficult decision to go to the fbi while the watts family continued to look totally happy on social media a darker story was playing out behind the scenes as chris watts's affair with nicole kessinger progressed cracks were forming in the foundation of the watts's marriage on june 27 2018 shenan watts traveled to north carolina with her two daughters for a five-week vacation while chris stayed behind ostensibly to work however during the entire month of july he repeatedly saw kessinger for dates and failed to communicate much with his wife naturally shenan grew suspicious that something was going on as he was missing her calls being distant and in general seeming distracted by the time chris joined shanann and the kids in north carolina at the end of july shenan was having serious conflicts with both her husband and her in-laws at that time and into the next month shenan confided in her friends that chris was acting like a stranger she even ended up cancelling the baby's gender reveal because chris seemed cold as ice during the ultrasound despite chris watts infidelity and cold behavior it's clear in the family next door that shanann watts loved her husband and truly believed their marriage was worth saving this was in spite of the fact that he was refusing intimacy declined couples counseling and told shanann that he didn't want to have their baby anymore that had to be jarring for shenan especially considering things seemingly went downhill in the short span of just six weeks for as dismal as things seemed shanann held onto the hope that things could improve on august 9 2018 she texted a friend and told her that chris was acting a bit more like himself again and that they'd had their best talk yet so when she left for a short business trip in arizona the next day she was working on a letter to give to her husband revealed through texts to her supportive friends yet even as shanann was still desperately trying to save their marriage chris watts continued his courtship of kessinger ignoring both his wife's messages and his young daughters chris hired a babysitter so he could see nicole kessinger while shenan was away specifically chris took kessinger to the lazy dog sports bar and grill in eerie colorado there chris spent a total of 60 on food and drinks which he charged to a card that he shared with his wife a suspicious amount of money for a man who was supposedly dining alone that outing is what finally tipped shanann off to the fact that chris was cheating on her she did an internet search for the restaurant's menu likely trying to figure out what he ordered and how it could have cost that much the only way it added up was if someone else was there with him making a confrontation about his behavior basically inevitable on august 13 2018 shanann watts and her two daughters bella and celeste went missing and while viewers of the family next door knew it was coming it was still an especially difficult moment in the documentary since viewers knew exactly who would end up being convicted of ending their lives the first person to suspect that something terrible had happened was shenan's friend nicole atkinson who picked her up at the airport after she returned from arizona after dropping shenan off at home at nearly 2 am that morning atkinson called the police when she couldn't get a hold of her friend later that day my name's nicole and i'm calling because i'm concerned about a friend of mine shanann also missed a doctor's appointment which was completely out of character for her especially at 15 weeks pregnant atkinson met officers at the watts's residence that afternoon and with chris watts's permission the authorities searched for the house for evidence of what happened to shenan while they found her purse medication and phone there was no sign of shanann or her two daughters it was the beginning of the end shanann watts was officially missing and chris was beginning to act suspiciously when authorities asked chris watts where his wife and children were he didn't have much to say about it he said only that they'd gone to a friend's house after he told shenan he wanted a separation in the hours after she got back home however when pressed he revealed that he didn't know the friend's name or any other details about where she might have gone a neighbor also told the police that chris watts's behavior on the morning of his family's disappearance was strange and out of character with some unusual activity being caught on the neighbor's security camera chris claimed that he spent the morning just preparing to go to work as usual but he'd later confess to spending the morning killing his family and hiding their bodies that evening chris made a plea on a local television station asking his family to come home it wasn't like an argument we had emotional conversation but i'll leave it at that but it's i just want them back while his words sounded emotional it wasn't lost on viewers how restrained he looked and sounded when nicole kessinger saw the watts family on the news she realized that chris watts had lied about everything he wasn't actually separated from his wife and he was in fact expecting another child with her but rather than try to cover for him or assume that he was innocent kessinger tried to get to the bottom of things after texting chris to see what he had to say about the disappearances kessinger knew something was up speaking later to the denver post she said it got to a point that he was telling me so many lies that i eventually told him that i did not want to speak to him again until his family was found she added that she would do anything she could to help find shenan watts and her two young daughters after checking the news on august 15 2018 in the hopes that shenan had been found kessinger finally went to the authorities she would go on to become one of the most critical people in the investigation of the disappearance of shanann celeste and bella watts after nicole kessinger told the authorities what she knew authorities learned that chris watts had lied about cheating on his wife which was the vital information they needed to make a break in the case that's when the cops gave chris a polygraph test asking if he knew what had happened to shenan watts and their children of course he failed claiming that he never cheated and had absolutely no idea what had happened to them that's when officers began to question him in earnest in a particularly heinous twist chris confessed to strangling his wife but tried to blame the murders of their daughters on her he claims that he killed her after he discovered that she'd strangled their two young daughters acting out of grief and rage at what he said she'd done of course it was plainly obvious to investigators that shenan had no motive for killing her children at that point the police became pretty convinced that they'd found their man on august 15 2018 authorities arrested chris watts for the murder of shanann bella and celeste watts the next day they recovered their bodies based on chris's confession in which he told the police where he'd hidden them all shanann was buried in a shallow grave at his job site and their daughter's bodies were found inside of oil tanks on the same site five days later chris was arraigned as shenan's family tearfully looked on at that point he was charged with a host of crimes including five counts of first-degree murder with each of the children counting twice due to their young age and the fact that their father was in a position of trust watts was also charged with three counts of tampering with a dead body and one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy it wasn't until november 6th 2018 that chris pleaded guilty to all of the charges against him in a deal that would take the death penalty off the table and leave him in prison for the rest of his life so what really happened on the night that shenan watts and her two young daughters bella and celeste watts were killed it wasn't until after chris watts sentencing that he opened up about all the gory details though he finally admitted to murdering his children during his trial in 2018 in february of 2019 chris told three investigators everything that happened he claimed that after fighting with shanann he snapped and strangled her to death after she threatened to take his children away from him if you left her things were so loud that young bella reportedly walked in and asked what was going on after that chris said he put his wife's body in his truck strapped in his young daughters and drove to his job site there he buried his wife then smothered their two young children and threw their bodies into an oil barrel for his horrific crimes chris was sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole with three to be served consecutively and two concurrently ensuring that he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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