Add Cassandra Rosenberg to the list of concerned friends searching for answers in the wake of Shanann Watts’ disappearance. Newly released texts reveal how Chris Watts urged her not to call the police while feeding her lies about his wife and children’s whereabouts.
Documents released by the Weld County District Attorney's Office on Friday provide a look into their heated exchange, with Rosenberg pleading for him to search his home for his pregnant wife and two young children “unless you want the police to bust your damn door down,” and Watts begging "Cassie" not to get authorities involved.
The texts are from Monday, Aug. 13. At this point, Chris had already killed Shanann, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste with his bare hands, and dumped the bodies on an oil site owned by his employer. The children were stuffed into oil wells, submerged in crude oil, while Shanann and her unborn child were found in a shallow grave nearby.
Rosenberg texted Chris that she was “worried about her,” in reference to a mysteriously missing Shanann.
“She went to a friend’s house with the kids. She won’t tell me where though. When I get home I will update you,” he replied.
Rosenberg made it clear, however, that things just didn’t add up, stating that Shanann would have either went to her home or to a home belonging to another close friend.
“Her car and shoes and everything is at the house,” she added.
Meanwhile, Chris seemed more concerned about her perception of him.
“I really don’t want you do think I’m a bad person Cassie,” he replied.
Rosenberg responded that she doesn’t really care about him at this time. Instead, she expressed that she was just worried about her friend and her kids.
“So unless you want the police to bust your damn door down you get home and check on your family,” she said.
An increasingly nervous Chris pleaded for her to refrain from doing that.
“I’m going home Cassie,” he replied. “On my way. Don’t call the police. I will be there in 45 min.”
Seemingly fed up with texting, Rosenberg reportedly called him after learning that Nickole Atkinson, another friend of Shanann Watts' and the last person to see her alive, was planning on phoning the police herself.
“I was frantic, ‘You need to get to the house… Nicki's calling the police so they could break down the door,’” Rosenberg told the ABC's “20/20” during a recent appearance. “He said, ‘No. Don't call the police. I don't want to get them involved’ … I said, ‘You're an idiot and you need to get to the house because something's wrong.’”
Atkinson's call sparked the search efforts that would ultimately end with the discovery of the Watts family's remains and Chris' arrest — a horrific outcome that Atkinson said hardly surprised her.
"It was one of my worst nightmares. I didn’t know what to say or do,” Atkinson told "Good Morning America" back in August. "I sat on our bed for, I don’t know how long, and didn’t move because I didn’t want to think that they weren’t coming back.”
[Photo Credits: Associated Press, Weld County District Attorney's Office]
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