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New Video Shows Chris Watts Calmly Loading Truck Hours After Slaughtering Family

Chris Watts killed his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and young daughters, Bella and Celeste, before dumping their bodies at an oil site.

New surveillance footage, released by the Weld County District Attorney on Thursday, shows Chris Watts calmly loading up his truck after killing his pregnant wife, Shanann, and his two daughters with his bare hands.

Watts was recently sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing his pregnant wife and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, before dumping the bodies of all three at an oil site where he worked.

The newly released footage was captured by the neighbor’s surveillance system. The Watts family driveway is shown in the upper left of the clips.

It shows Watts backing his pickup truck up to the garage during the early morning hours of August 13, just hours after he killed his family. In one clip, he walks down his driveway before backing his truck in. Then, he puts something red into the bed of the truck. The red object is reportedly a gas can. Although he is not close to the camera, he appears to be walking calmly. Not long after putting the gas can in the back of the car, he drives the car toward the end of the driveway before eventually leaving.

Investigators said Watts used that very truck to move the bodies of his family to the oil site. It's not clear at what point he did put their bodies into the vehicle, but their bodies were discovered three days after the murder.

The girls were found stuffed in oil tanks. Shanann, who he admitted to strangling to death, was found inside a shallow grave nearby.

Surveillance footage of police interrogating Chris, also released on Thursday, shows investigators pressing him on why he didn’t call 911 after his children were strangled. Initially, Chris had claimed that his wife killed his daughters and that he then strangled her to death in a fit of rage before deciding to hide the bodies and pretend that he knew nothing about their disappearance.

When police asked why he concealed the bodies on an oil site, he claimed, “[I] was scared. I just felt such anger that [...] I didn't feel anything.”

[Photo: Weld County District Attorney’s Office]

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