Chris Watts, the man who murdered his entire family including his pregnant wife with his bare hands, claimed he’s a changed man in a letter he wrote to his mom from prison.
An interview with his mom Cindy Watts has been featured in an upcoming HLN special entitled "Killer Dad: Chris Watts Speaks," which is scheduled to air Saturday at 8 p.m ET.
“I’m still a Dad! I’m still a son! No matter what,” Cindy Watts reads aloud from the letter in the special, according to People. “Now, I can add servant of God to that mix! He has shown me peace, peace, love and forgiveness, and that’s how I live every day.”
Chris killed his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste in August 2018. Last November, Watts was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The nation became obsessed with the case, not just because of the shocking details but also because Watts initially portrayed himself as a worried husband and father concerned about his then-missing family. He also, once he was arrested for the crime, claimed he killed his wife only after she murdered their children. He later admitted to killing all of them.
Further disgust and outrage followed when authorities released additional disturbing details based on subsequent interviews conducted with Watts. He explained how he had sex with Shanann shortly before strangling her to death. He detailed how she didn’t fight back and thought she may even have been praying while he choked the life out of her. He then transported her body with his two daughters, still alive, to an oil field where he then callously smothered them to death before disposing of their bodies.
In that five-hour confession, Chris went into detail about the murders. Before Shannan was killed, she accused Chris of cheating. He denied it, but in reality he was, with co-worker Nichol Kessinger. Prosecutors claimed that Chris killed his family so he could have a fresh start with Kessinger.
The HLN special promises to delve into their affair and to detail just how Chris and Kessinger traded photos, including ones they took on a secret trip they took together.
Chris been moved to a maximum security prison in Wisconsin to finish the rest of his sentence. He claims to keep a photo of his wife and kids in his prison cell, which resulted in public outrage.
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