'We Thought the Worst Was What We Heard Already': Shanann Watts' Family Reacts to His Interview

Odette Odendaal
Mar 13, 2019
08:16 P.M.

Following the recent brutal confession by Chris Watts, his late wife’s family shared their reactions to the previously unheard and shocking detail involving the murder of Shan’ann and her children.


In November 2018, Chris Watts confessed and pled guilty to the murder of his pregnant wife Shan’ann and their two children, 3-year-old Celeste and four-year-old Bella.

Consequently, Chris got sentenced to three consecutive life sentences and an additional 84 years in prison. But for Shan’ann’s family, the nightmare is far from over due to previously unheard details regarding her death that came out after a recent interview.

On February 18, the Frederick Police Department, FBI, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation conducted a five-hour long interview with Chris in prison. The result was a detailed account of how Chris murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters, every disturbingly shocking detail.


"It’s worse than we even thought. We thought the worst was what we heard already," Frankie, Shan’ann’s brother told Dr. Phil during their interview. Shan’ann’s sibling brother and parents responded to the chilling details in shock as her mother; Sandy added, “Our daughter watched her husband kill her.”

Before Dr. Phil discussed the details of the murders with the family, her father, Frank spoke more on the events that lead up to his daughter’s death.

An argument between Chris and Shan’ann started earlier in the evening on August 13 but subsided. When Chris got up at 4 am the next morning the situation soon escalated to murder.

They argued about the affair Chris had with a woman from work, but when Shan’ann threatened that he will never see his children again, “something just snapped.”


In gruesome detail, Chris elaborated on the events that followed during his recent prison interview.

They were both in bed at the time, and Chris jumped on top of Shan’ann in a fit of rage and started to strangle her, according to Chris she never fought back.

Shan’ann had just died when 4-year-old Bella walked into the room and asked what was wrong with her mother, to which he merely replied, “Mommy don’t feel good."

After Chris wrapped her body in the bedsheet, he dragged her to his pick-up and onto the floor in the back. He went back into the house for his daughters and put them on the back seat. It took about 45 minutes for Chris to get to the oil field site where he dumped Shan’ann’s body and murdered and dumped his daughters.


The girls wanted to know what was wrong with their mother, but Chris never answered them. After he took Shan’ann’s body out of the truck, he went to 3-year-old Celeste first. He took her blanket while sitting in the back seat next to her sister, and suffocated her.

When she stopped breathing Chris dumped his daughter feet first into an oil tank and locked it before he went back to the truck.

“Is the same thing gonna happen to me as Cece?” Chris recalled Bella asking him before he grabbed the same blanket to suffocate her too. The last thing she said was, “Daddy, No!” Bella’s body then got dumped in a separate oil tank and locked.

The day before Chris got arrested for the murder of his wife and children, he had an interview with ABC wherein he pleaded for their safe return. He claimed that his family had “vanished” and that he wanted them to return, and said:

“Shan’ann, Bella, Celeste, if you’re out there, come back. If somebody has her, please bring her back. I need to see everybody; I need to see everybody again. This house is not complete without everybody here. Please give her back."

Late last year, the woman Chris had an affair with released a statement and shared yet another side of the story.

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