Chris Watt’s mother-in-law immediately suspected him of murdering her daughter Shanann and their two children, documents show.
Watts was sentenced last week to life in prison without parole for each of the three August murders he confessed to committing: wife Shanann Watts, 34, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste 3. He was also given 48 years for the life of the unborn child that Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant with.
The day after the children were reported missing, Shanann's mother Sandra Rzucek called police to let them know that she suspected that Chris Watts may have been involved in the family’s disappearance, according to investigation records released by the Weld County District Attorney and published by the Denver Post.
“She stated that Christopher is acting, ‘Weird,’ and out of the ordinary. She said that Christopher is telling people, ‘He has to go to work,’ and that just doesn’t seem right. She felt that he is going out to pour oil on the bodies to dispose of them somewhere,” a Frederick Police Department supplemental report stated.
Chris Watts, an Anadarko Petroleum employee, had, in fact, driven his family’s bodies to an oil work site where they were later found.
The report reveals that "Shannan's mother [...] was adamant that Christopher had done something and that I (the detective in the case) needed to check the GPS on his truck,” one officer wrote, according to the Denver Channel.
Before their bodies were found, and before he was arrested, Chris Watts made several emotional media appearances in which he appeared concerned about his missing family. Shannan Watts’ social media painted a pretty picture of her marriage. She would often refer to Chris as “my ROCK!” and “the best dad us girls could ask for.”
But the recently released documents, including text messages between the couple, reveal a "crumbling" marriage that Shanann tried in vain to save, all while Chris was involved in an extramarital affair.
“Why did this have to happen?" prosecutor Michael Rourke said at Watts' sentencing. "[Watts]' motive was simple, your honor. He had a desire for a fresh start.”
Nichol Kessinger, a coworker with whom Watts had struck up a romantic relationship told police that although she does not think she is the only catalyst for the killings she feels she could have “accelerated the process,” according to the newly released documents cited by the Denver post. Kessinger told police she thinks “money is the biggest catalyst for this event happening.”
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