The criminal case that I am writing about is that of Chris Watts.
On August 13, Chris
Watts killed his pregnant wife Shanann Watts who was also pregnant with their third child, and
his two daughters 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella.
Prior to the killings, Shanann noticed
that her husband was becoming more and more distant in their marriage and she wanted to work
on the marriage and try to save it.
Shanann had returned home from a business trip and she had a
fight with Chris.
That fight led to Chris strangling his wife and smothering his two daughters to
In June of 2018, Shanann surprised her husband that they were pregnant again who
seemed to be excited.
That same month, Chris started seeing a coworker named Nichol
Kessinger and she became the mistress of Chris.
Chris finally told Nichol that he was married
and had kids and was planning to leave her.
According to text messages in July 2018, tension is
present in the marriage.
In that same month, Chris and Nichol went on a date to a car museum
where Shanann called her husband several times with no answer.
In July 2018, Chris joins his
family in North Carolina for the final week of their vacation and it was not a pleasant reunion.
On August 9, Shanann went on a business trip and returned home on August 13, at 1: 48 a.m.
Surveillance from a neighbor's camera shows her coming home at that time.
In the early
morning hours, the couple gets into an argument because Shanann accuses her husband of
cheating and that led him to strangling her.
The fight gets loud and Bella enters the bedroom
where she sees her dad wrap her mother's body in a sheet and drags her body out to his truck.
Chris takes his two daughters and his wife's dead body and drives to the oil site where he
Once he gets there, he puts her body into a shallow grave and then proceeds to smother
both of his daughters with a blanket and drops their lifeless bodies into two separate oil tanks.
One of Shanann's friends, Nickole reported her friend missing and found it strange that her car
was in the garage and was not answering the door.
Chris told the police that his wife was with a