Colorado dad details how he murdered wife and two young daughters

Clay Curtis
March 9, 2019

Watts previously told police he killed his wife after she strangled their daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, but he acknowledged in the interview that was a lie and he was exclusively responsible for the killings.

During a almost five-hour interview with investigators last month, Watts, 33, revealed that he killed his family over a longer period of time in August than was previously reported and painted a disturbing picture of his daughters' final moments. "I'm just like, I didn't want to do this, but I did it", Watts told agents. "Why couldn't I just let go?"

Christopher Watts is in court for his arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in Greeley, Colo., on August 21, 2018.

Watts told investigators that he couldn't explain what he was thinking. He pleaded with his family to return home during local TV interviews.

He then loaded Bella and her 3-year-old sister, Celeste, into the back seat of his truck, with their mother's body nearby on the floorboard, and drove them about 45 minutes to the oil site, he said.

Watts pleaded guilty to all three murders he says to give some closure to Shannan's family.

Chris Watts appears in court in Colorado for his sentencing on November 19, 2018.

In the interview, Watts detailed moment-by-moment accounts of the murders of his wife and daughters.

He felt she knew he had an affair because he has used his credit card to go out to dinner with Nichol Kissinger, the co-worker he was having an affair with.

He said he made a decision to plead guilty because he didn't want Shanann's family to see pictures, hear anyone talk about what they saw or hear anyone "bash" their daughter's memory.

Watts seemed unclear on why he carried out the killings, telling them he was full of rage and "lost his mind". Watts said he strangled his wife Shanann on August 13, 2018 after he told her he wanted a divorce and she told him he would never see their children again.

Watts responded, "Mommy is sick and we need to take her to the hospital to make her better".

Christopher Watts during a Feb. 18 2019 prison interview with investigators Colorado Department of Public Safety
Christopher Watts during a Feb. 18 2019 prison interview with investigators Colorado Department of Public Safety

"It was like picturing someone around you, holding your hands, holding you and keeping you from letting go", he told investigators.

"Maybe Shanann was saying that in her head at the time", he said.

Bella and Celeste, who were in the truck, asked him, "What are you doing to mommy?" the report said.

Then he drove out to a Weld County oil site, where he pulled his wife's body on the truck and laid her on the ground, near where she was ultimately buried.

Add Shanann Watts Case as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Shanann Watts Case news, video, and analysis from ABC News. He was sentenced to three life terms in prison for killing them.

"Watts said he wasn't sure if he told Bella "'yes, ' like a disgusting person.'" He said he then suffocated the girl with the same blanket as the child fought for her life.

Watts told investigators when Shanaan arrived home from a work trip at 2AM the day he would murder her, he felt her get into bed and was stirring around. An audio recording indicates Watts, 33, expressed no hesitation about talking.

"They want people to know: This was our daughter".

"You heartless monster", Rzucek continued.

Bella was sitting next to Celeste at the time but Bella did not say anything, Watts told police, according to the report.

He also told detectives he keeps photos of his wife and children in his cell and "talks to them every morning and every night". "He wanted everyone to know that Shanann was a loving wife and always helped everyone else", the document says.

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