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The horrific Chris Watts case has received the Lifetime movie treatment and the “ripped from the headlines” dramatization keeps chillingly close to the real life events of the Colorado case, except in one drastic way.
Lifetime’s “Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer,” which premiered Jan. 25, depicted how investigators visited Chris (Sean Kleier) in prison for a final follow-up five-hour-long interview months after he was sentenced to life behind bars for killing his pregnant wife Shanann (Ashley Williams), his two daughters Bella and Celeste, and unborn son Nico.
He explained in horrifying detail how it was him who murdered his daughters, not his wife as he previously claimed, and he explained how he did so.
The movie not only reenacted this real full confession but they reenacted the murders based off Chris' confession. While delving into the disturbing details, Chris claimed that when he killed Shanann, she fought back. The movie showed, during her death reenactment, her slapping and hitting Christ and trying to escape. It showed a clear struggle.
In the movie, Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent Tammy Lee didn’t buy any of that.
"No defensive wounds,” Lee told a fellow investigator after Chris left the room where the interview was conducted. “Shanann didn't struggle. She didn't fight him. The entire time she thought he was going to let go, right up to the very end.”
In real life, Chris never claimed that his wife fought back. In fact, he admitted in that very interview that she didn’t so much as scratch him when he killed her. He reflected that she remained passive while he was strangling her. When one of the investigators asked him why he thinks she didn't battle him, he offered the theory that Shanann was thinking of the Bible.
Investigators said there were no defensive wounds on both Chris and Shanann, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Furthermore, investigators have made it clear that they believe that Chris was honest in his last confession, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan.
Bella, however, did put up a struggle when she was killed, which Chris admitted to in that confession.
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