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Episode 83: Chris Watts FBI Interview

In the early morning of August 13, 2018, Christopher Lee Watts, 33, murdered his pregnant wife Shanann Watts, 34, and their daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in their home in Frederick, Colorado. Christopher and Shannann Watts had been married for six years and lived in a five-bedroom home in Frederick, Colorado, purchased in 2013.  Chris Watts was employed by Anadarko Petroleum, while Shanann was an independent representative for a marketing company. The couple had recently been experiencing some financial difficulties, and had declared bankruptcy in 2015.

Chris Watts was arrested late on August 15, 2018. According to the arrest affidavit, he failed a polygraph test and subsequently confessed to murdering Shanann. Watts asked to speak to his father before making the confession. According to the affidavit, Watts was having an affair and claimed to have asked for a separation from his wife. During the investigation, Watts first tried to claim that Shanann had strangled the children in response to his request for separation; in a fit of rage, he said, he then strangled his wife, and then transported the three bodies to an oil site where he worked.

The bodies of Watts’ family were located by the authorities on the property of Watts’s former employer on August 16. Watts had been fired from his job on August 15, the day of his arrest. The children’s bodies were found in oil tanks, while the body of Shanann was buried in a shallow grave nearby.

At the time of her death, she was fifteen weeks pregnant. Watts pleaded guilty on November 6, 2018, to multiple counts of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to five life sentences, three to be served consecutively and two to be served concurrently.

Listen to the episode here.