Outraged Society Petitions for Removal of Pics of Chris Watts' Killed Family from His Jail Cell

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 10, 2019
12:23 P.M.

On August 13, 2018, Chris Watts murdered his wife and two young children. In November, the same year, Chris pleaded guilty at his trial and was sentenced to life.


Now a petition has been launched to ask correctional services to confiscate the images of Chris’ slain family from his possession.

Seven days ago, an online petition was launched asking the Wisconsin Department of Corrections to forbid murderer Chris Watts, 33, from displaying the photos of his wife and daughters. Chris is currently serving multiple life sentences after pleading guilty to murdering of his family.


The convict killed his pregnant wife, Shanann, 34, and their two young daughters, Bella, 4, and Cece, 3. Late last year, he was transferred from a Colorado prison to the Wisconsin one due to security concerns.

The Change.org petition started by Seek the Truth and Armchair Detective Group read:

“Allowing a murderer to keep a trophy of his victims goes against the purpose and mission statement of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, which emphasizes public safety and victim advocacy.”


Their outraged reaction further read:

“As taxpayers and members of the public, we are outraged that Chris Watts was allowed to have a photograph of the victims he was convicted of murdering, including his two minor children.”

On February 18, Chris had a five-hour interview from prison where he gave chilling details of the murders to authorities from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He revealed to them that his wife “may have been” praying as he strangled her to death.

The convict further confessed that Bella saw him smother Celeste and screamed “Daddy, no!” before he killed her.


Chris told the detectives, “I hear it every day, when Bella was talking to me. When she said, ‘Daddy, no!’” He also mentioned the photos of his family which he keeps in his cell.

The convict shared that he read a book to his daughters every night and also reads the Bible to his family. The petition was started after the public read about the interview Chris had with CBI.

The convict was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences and two other life sentences to be carried out concurrently. He also faces an additional 48 years for unlawful termination of pregnancy for the death of an unborn child.


Chris received 12 years each for three counts of tampering with a deceased body. He’s serving out his sentence at the Dodge Correctional Facility.

The Watts family home was recently repainted inside and had new locks installed on the front door. Some stickers on the door confirmed that the state deemed the house as vacant/abandoned.

CBS4’s Dillon Thomas reported in January that the home was going to be auctioned to the highest bidder. The sale was scheduled for July in Greeley.


According to a report by CBI, Chris also claimed that his wife told him: “You’re never gonna see the kids again, you’re never gonna see them again.” As he straddled her, she yelled at him to “get off me.”

She also warned him that he might “hurt the baby,” a boy they planned to name Nico. He then “immediately put both of his hands around Shanann’s neck and strangled her.”

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