Netflix documentary about Chris Watts family murder ‘brings back awful memories’ for killer dad

A source who has been in touch with convicted murderer Chris Watts has said that the confessed killer is uncomfortable about a new documentary that chronicles the brutal murders of his wife and two young daughters.

“American Murder: The Family Next Door,” which premiered on Netflix on Wednesday, documents the shocking murders of Shanann Watts and her daughters Bella and Celeste in August 2018. Chris Watts later confessed to strangling Shanann in their Frederick, Colorado, home shortly after she returned from a business trip. He told investigators that after he killed Shanann, he attempted to smother his daughters to death in their beds, but they both survived his initial attempts to kill them.

He then drove 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste to an oil field, with their dead mother in the car. After burying Shanann there, he smothered or strangled his daughters to death and dropped their bodes into an oil tank.

Watts also admitted that he was having an affair with a woman he met at work in the weeks leading up to the killings.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Netflix documentary reveals the final text messages between Chris and Shanann hour before Chris killed her. The messages, about dinner preparations for the following night, show that Shanann — who was pregnant with the couple’s third child — had no idea what awaited her when she came home.

An unidentified source who has reportedly been in contact with Chris Watts told People magazine that Chris is particularly bothered by the public disclosure of his text messages.

 “He’s curious about [the documentary], but he hates even knowing that his texts are out there for the public to read. It brings back awful memories of 2018 for him.”

Watts is serving multiple life sentences without parole in a Wisconsin prison, where he was transferred after reported threats against him while he was incarcerated in Colorado.

“He can’t see it, and he’ll probably never see it,” the source said.

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