Chris Watts Shares More Details About The Murders Of His Pregnant Wife & 2 Daughters

The convicted murderer talked to investigators from inside jail; the recordings and documents are set to be released next week.

March 01, 2019
Chris Watts [Frederick Police Department]

Photo by: Chris Watts [Frederick Police Department]

Chris Watts [Frederick Police Department]

By: Mike McPadden

DENVER, CO — Authorities say that Chris Watts, who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters in 2018, has divulged more details about the crimes during a recent jailhouse interview, and that the content of those talks will be made public.

In an official statement, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said, “Watts provided investigators with additional information about the murders of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste."

The CBI also said it would release audio and written transcripts of the discussion next Thursday, March 7.

In exchange for prosecutors dropping the death penalty, Chris Watts pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife Shannan Watts, 34; and their daughters Bella, 4; and Celeste, 3; on August 13, 2018.

After a family friend reported Shannan and the girls missing last summer, Chris initially played the role of the distraught husband and father in the media, pledging to work with searchers and pleading for his family’s safe return.

Two days later, officers arrested Watts for the murders and, after taking a polygraph test, he confessed to killing his wife.

Watts originally claimed that Shannan strangled the girls after he asked her for a separation. Watts said he then strangled Shannan in a rage. Afterward, Watts disposed of the bodies on property belonging to his former employer.

Shannan’s family asked the district attorney not to pursue the death penalty, stating that enough killing had happened already. Watts cut a plea deal and, in November 2018, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He is currently being held at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin.

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