Documentary Revives Interest In Colorado Family Murder

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One day after killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, Christopher Watts gave a TV interview from his porch in Frederick, Co., begging them to come home. The haunting interview, recorded as a search effort combed the area for his missing family members, helped ignite nationwide interest in the 2018 case, which is the subject of a new Netflix documentary, reports the New York Times. The documentary, described as a devastating tale of marriage, social media and violence against women, has touched off a new wave of fascination with the grisly murders. Watts pleaded guilty in November 2018.

On Aug. 13, 2018, Shanann Watts, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and the couple’s young daughters were reported missing. Three days later, the authorities announced that her body and those of her daughters, Bella, four years old, and Celeste, three, had been found on the property of the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, the oil company that had employed Christopher Watts. In Frederick, a small town 30 miles north of Denver, the 20-person police department worked around the clock, and the search effort eventually grew to include the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI. Watts had been having an affair with a co-worker, and he told his wife he wanted to separate. Though Watts initially insisted that he had not killed his children, he said he had dumped their bodies in oil tanks and had buried his wife nearby. He later admitted to killing all three and disposing of their bodies. Watts pleaded guilty to nine criminal counts in a deal with prosecutors, who agreed not to pursue the death penalty. He agreed to serve consecutive life sentences for each of the three deaths.

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