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Chris Watts Looked Up Metallica Song With Lyrics ‘Cannot Kill The Family’ After Killing Family

“During a respite following the murder of his family, and disposing of their bodies at well site, Watts searched Google for the lyrics to 'Battery' by Metallica," police noted.

Chris Watts, the Colorado man who murdered his own pregnant wife and two young daughters with his bare hands, apparently looked up the lyrics of a Metallica song after dumping his family’s bodies on an oil site.

“During a respite following the murder of his family, and disposing of their bodies at well site, Watts searched Google for the lyrics to 'Battery' by Metallica.” That bizarre tidbit was shared by police and is available alongside dozens of other disturbing details found amongst approximately 2,000 pages worth of documents detailing the case. The documents, obtained by Oxygen.com, were released by the Weld County District Attorney's Office days after Watts was sentenced to serve the rest of his life behind bars for smothering daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 and strangling his wife Shanann, who was 15-weeks pregnant.

Police made sure to include the lyrics of the 1986 Metallica song in the documents, which include the line "cannot kill the family."

Here are the lyrics:

Lashing out the action, returning the reaction

Weak are ripped and torn away

Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower

Battery is here to stay

Smashing through the boundaries, lunacy has found me

Cannot stop the battery

Pounding out aggression, turns into obsession

Cannot kill the battery

Cannot kill the family, battery has found in me

Battery

Battery

Crushing all deceivers, mashing non-believers

Never-ending potency

Hungry violence-seeker, feeding off the weaker

Breeding on insanity

Smashing through the boundaries, lunacy has found me

Cannot stop the battery

Pounding out aggression, turns into obsession

Cannot kill the battery

Cannot kill the family, battery has found in me

Battery

Battery

Circle of destruction, hammer comes crushing

Powerhouse of energy

Whipping up a fury, dominating flurry

We create the battery

Smashing through the boundaries, lunacy has found me

Cannot stop the battery

Pounding out aggression, turns into obsession

Cannot kill the battery

Cannot kill the family, battery has found in me

Battery

Battery

Battery

Battery

It is clear police believe this song has significance to Watts. An investigator wrote: “Watts has proven to have a keen interest in song lyrics. He is no doubt familiar with this song's lyrics; he attended the Metallica concert held in Denver on June 7, 2017. I recognized the photographs he took at the concert and stored in his phone on that date, I was there.”

In the words of a Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke at his sentencing, Watts killed his family to seek a "fresh start." 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. While Shanann was desperately pleading with him to work on their marriage, and reportedly buying self-help books for him, Watts was planning his future with Kessinger.

On July 25, weeks before killing his family on Aug. 13, Watts Googled “When to say I love you for the first time in a new relationship,” “What do you feel when someone tells you they love you” and “How does it feel when someone says I love you.”

[Photo: Associated Press]

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