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Shanann Watts Gushes That Her Husband Chris Is 'Best Thing That Has Ever Happened To Me' In Documentary
"American Murder: The Family Next Door" seeks to unpack how a seemingly idyllic marriage between Chris and Shanann Watts ended in an infamous family murder.
In the documentary on the Watts family murders, Shanann Watts gushes about her husband Chris, the man who ended up killing her and their two daughters.
“I just want you to know a little bit of my story," Shanann told her Facebook followers two years before she was murdered. "I went through one of the darkest times of my life and then I met Chris and he's the best thing that has ever happened to me."
Her heartbreaking assessment of their relationship is included in the documentary "American Murder: The Family Next Door,” a documentary on the Watts family streaming now on Netflix.
Unfortunately, the darkest times for Shanann were still yet to come. With his bare hands, Chris strangled Shanann while she was 15 weeks pregnant with their unborn son before also smothering their young daughters Bella and Celeste to death in August 2018. Chris then played the part of worried husband and father as he reported his family missing before suspicion ultimately fell on him. He was arrested after their bodies were discovered at an oil drilling site where he worked, but he then attempted to blame Shannan for their daughters' murders, telling investigators he only killed his wife after she'd taken their children's lives.
The new documentary pulls from archival footage, the couple’s social media profiles, police footage and text messages to give a full picture of the family before the killings.
The trailer shows that while Shanann initially thought the couple were leading a picture perfect life, there was trouble brewing beneath.
“My mom just never thought she was good enough,” Chris is heard saying in the trailer.
While the couple's seemingly idyllic marriage began to crumble, Chris was having an affair with his coworker Nichol Kessinger. Weeks before he killed his family, he and Kessinger went on a trip while Shanann and the girls were out of state. It became clear to Shanann that something was going on with her husband.
“She said things were bad and that she didn’t know what was going on with Chris,” one of her friends explains in the trailer.
Prosecutors later pointed to the affair as a catalyst for the killings.
Chris Watts is currently serving life in prison for the killings.