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'I'm Not Going To Blame The Kids,' Chris Watts Tells Cops Before Appearing To Blame Kids

“And like, as our relationship got longer and longer, I could feel that disconnect," Chris Watts told police of his relationship with pregnant wife Shanann Watts. 

In police interview footage, convicted murderer Chris Watts claims to not want to blame his two daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, for the disconnect between he and his wife, who he would eventually murder. But then he goes ahead and seemingly blames them anyway.

“I’m not going to blame the kids for a disconnection or anything, but yeah, we focus on the kids like, all the time,” he told an investigator. “And like, as our relationship got longer and longer, I could feel that disconnect.”

Chris then went on to say that he and Shanann didn’t have deep conversations anymore.

Last month, Chris Watts admitted to killing his entire family — pregnant Shanann, Bella, and Celeste — with his bare hands. Watts seemingly killed them all to seek a "fresh start,” District Attorney Michael Rourke said at his sentencing.

It appears that fresh start included co-worker Nichol Kessinger, who he'd been having an affair with in the weeks leading up to his family's murders. Court documents reveal that he was lying to both his wife and his mistress: telling his wife that nothing was wrong while she desperately tried to fix their marriage, all while telling his mistress that it was his wife who gave up on his marriage.

The interview footage shows Chris Watts telling more lies upon lies while talking to police. While speaking to an FBI agent, he told them that Shannan had said she had plans with the girls before they went missing.

“That’s when I rolled out of bed, and she pretty much said, ‘I’ll be taking the kids to a friend’s house, and I’ll be back later,'” he claimed.

The agent asked over and over if Chris was positive that she said that, and he repeatedly said yes.

In a taped interview with a polygraph examiner, who later told him he failed the polygraph, Chris said, “It makes me think that there is somebody that’s not keeping them safe or something terrible has happened. That’s the nightmare.”

[Photo: Weld County District Attorney’s Office]

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