A woman who says she has exchanged letters with confessed family-killer Chris Watts will appear on the “Dr. Oz” show Tuesday to discuss the Colorado criminal’s detailed confessions about his family’s brutal murders.
Cheryln Cadle, the author of the book “Letters from Christopher: The Tragic Confessions of the Watts Family Murders,” has reportedly exchanged letters with Watts and spoken to him on the phone from the Wisconsin correctional facility where he is serving multiple life sentences for the murders of his pregnant wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.
In the episode, Cadle tells Dr. Oz that Watts feels he killed his daughters twice–because he tried to smother them to death at their Frederick, Colorado, home in August 2018, before he murdered his wife in her bed. But the little girls both survived their father’s first attempt to take their lives.
“Well, the morning of he went into his baby girl’s rooms and took a pillow from their bed and smothered them and then he went into his room with Shanann and laid down next to her,” Cadle says.
“They argued a little and he murdered her. So, then he was wrapping her in the sheets and both girls got up and saw him and started questioning what’s wrong with mommy? What happened to mommy? Bella, the oldest one, was crying. She had obviously been traumatized. She had bruises, above her eyes, and you could tell she had been traumatized. Also, Cece was more confused. She was awake, the younger one.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported. Watts drove with his daughters and his wife’s dead body to an oil field where he buried his wife before smothering each of his daughters and dropping their bodies into separate oil tanks.
On the show, Dr. Oz also Watts’ reported claims that he was somehow possessed by a demon when he slaughtered his family. Investigative correspondent Mara Schiavocampo doesn’t buy Watts’ claims that he is now a servant of God, and that whatever demon “possessed” him to kill his family is now gone.
“But here’s what’s certain. He is demonic. There’s no question about that. But the idea that a demon possessed him in a temporary way and that he’s now free of that and filled with the spirit of God is really unbelievable, and the reason for that is that he doesn’t seem to be remorseful,” Schiavocampo says.
Watts initially denied killing his daughters and tried to claim that his wife strangled them in a rage after learning her husband had been having an affair. He later changed his story, and last November pleaded guilty to murdering all three members of his family and his unborn son. The plea deal meant that would be spared the death penalty.
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