Colorado home owned by Chris Watts and his wife to be auctioned off in April
The Watts family home, site of one of the most heinous crimes committed in recent times, is to go under the hammer this April.
The foreclosed five-bedroom home that Watts purchased for $392,709 will be offered to the highest bidder on April 17 during a public auction that will take place at Weld County’s public trustee’s office.
The multileveled property will be sold to any bidder who is willing to overlook the horrible acts that were committed there against the pregnant Shanann Watts and her two daughters, aged 3 and 4.
The Watts family homicides, committed by 33-year-old Christopher Watts in August 2018, were one of the most controversial criminal cases covered by US media during the past year.
Watts pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges relating to the deaths of his family in November, and he is currently serving five life sentences.
According to People, the house was bought in 2013, although he still owed most of the property’s cost. Real state website Zillow.com estimates the value of the home to be above $510,000.
The murders happened after 34-year-old Shanann returned home from a work trip to Arizona. Unable to get hold of Shanann by phone or by knocking on the door, her friend Nickole Atkinson reported her missing.
After the police became involved and started to ask questions, Watts pretended to be worried about his missing wife and daughters, but he was already under suspicion by then.
Watts' claims of not having seen his wife and children since he left for work were dismissed after a neighbor shared his surveillance footage with the police in front of him. It was the beginning of the end for Watts.
Two days later, Watts confessed to having strangled his wife and burying her body at an oil site. But he refused to accept the charge of killing his daughters, accusing his wife of having done it which forced him to react violently.
The authorities never believed these claims and Watts was arrested on August 15, a day before the three bodies were retrieved from the places where he had hidden them.
Although Watts’s heinous crimes shocked the nation for both his blatant hypocrisy on TV and his cold-blooded actions, it has been reported that the convicted murderer has received numerous love letters from female “fans.”
As absurd as this might seem, it is actually a decades-old phenomenon that has been observed with previous notorious offenders such as Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and others.
“The women writing killers are often victims of abuse and gravitate toward aggressors. Getting involved with a man behind bars puts them in positions of control,” said psychiatrist Katherine Pier.
“These women will most likely never have the chance to meet the man they’re pursuing. And if they did, they’d be protected by the prison system,” Pier added.
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