If you’re unfamiliar with the Watts family murders highlighted in the new Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door, let me give you some background on the situation.
As we’ve previously reported, the expectant Shan’ann Watts and her daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, went missing in August 2018. Initially, her husband Chris Watts appeared at press conferences begging for any information that would lead to the return of his family. However, below the devoted father facade, Chris was covering up a sinister secret.
As reported by Good Housekeeping, Chris eventually admitted that he was cheating on Shan’ann and wished to end their marriage. When the argument escalated, Chris strangled his wife. He put his wife’s corpse in the car along with his daughters, who were still alive at the time.
As an employee of Anadarko Petroleum, Chris had access to their facilities. Police discovered that Chris had buried Shan’ann’s body in a shallow grave at an Anadarko Petroleum site. He admitted to smothering Bella and Celeste one by one and disposed of their bodies in oil tanks nearby. For these heinous crimes, Chris Watts is currently serving five life sentences without the possibility of parole.
The murders have been the subject of intense speculation for their gruesome and shocking nature. Several documentaries covering the murders have been released in the last few years, and another one just arrived on Netflix.
American Murder: The Family Next Door uses social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages, and home videos to illustrate what happened.
The movie arrived on the streaming platform on September 30, 2020, and apparently, Chris Watts has an opinion on it. Personally, I do not care about what he has to say. I think he lost the right to voice his opinion when he murdered his children in cold blood.
But if you’re curious as to what sources are saying, here’s what has been reported.
This is what a source told People about Chris Watts’ reaction to American Murder: The Family Next Door:
"Just knowing that the documentary is out there has sent Chris to some dark places. He hates knowing that it’s out there, but realizing that he will never see it."
Evidently, Chris’ actions have made him a notable inmate at Dodge Correctional Institution. The source continued:
"There’s a lot of curiosity about him in prison. He’s the most high-profile inmate and what he did is incomprehensible, so everyone wants to know more about the case."
Since Chris is incarcerated, the source explained that he is curious about the film, all too aware that he will never be able to see how he is depicted:
"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."
American Murder: The Family Next Door is seemingly making Chris Watts’ suffering worse, however he did not give his wife or children any mercy, so it’s difficult for most people to feel any sympathy for him whatsoever.