Convicted murderer Chris Watts explains what made him snap

Leroy Wright
March 10, 2019

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Christopher Watts, the Colorado man who is serving a life sentence for killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, confessed in a prison interview that his daughters were still alive when he put his dead wife's body in his truck and drove his family to the oil field where all three bodies were found, according to an investigative report and audio recording of the interview released Thursday. A site allowing people to send money to inmates lists Watts under the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Lambert said his understanding is that Chris Watts put Shanann's body in his truck and then put his children, who were alive at the time, into the truck.

Lambert told Dr. Phil in an interview that aired on March 5 and is embedded above that prior to the killings, Chris and Shanann Watts got into a fight over his affair.

Christopher and Shanann Watts with their daughters, Celeste and Bella.

Watts said he strangled his wife Shanann Aug. 13, 2018 after he told her he wanted a divorce and she told him he would never see their children again.

Shanann Watts' parents, Sandra and Frank Rzucek, and her brother, Frankie Rzucek, are scheduled to appear on the show Monday.

Chillingly, he has a children's book in his cell, the same book he used to read to Celeste, and he said he reads the book to his daughters, along with some scripture, every night. "I woke up that morning and it was going to happen and I had no control over it".

According to the report, Watts put his wife's body into his truck and put his daughters in the vehicle.

Watts had previously admitted killing his wife but said she had killed the daughters.

Watts seemed unclear on why he carried out the killings, telling them he was full of rage and "lost his mind".

Bella watched her father drag her mother down the stairs and began to cry, and asked, "What's wrong with mommy?"

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In the most chilling part of the interview, Watts described the moment he, after removing Shanann's body from the vehicle, suffocated his daughters one by one. Watts walked back to the truck and that's when Bella made the plea for her life, Lambert said.

He said he came up with the idea to blame Shanann Watts for the girls' deaths during his interrogation by the police.

Watts then started to drive to the oil site where he had worked, and during the ride, his daughters dozed off and on and laid in each other's laps, he told investigators.

Shanann Watts and her two daughters in an undated file photo.

"Mommy don't feel good", he said he responded before dragging his wife's body down the stairs and loading it into his truck.

Watts told police he doesn't remember if he told her yes or no.

Watts admitted that every time after he closes his eyes he hears Bella's voice saying those words, "Daddy, no!"

Watts told police he took the 3-year-old's body to the oil tank and dropped her inside.

"Watts said he wasn't sure if he told Bella "'yes, ' like a frightful person.'" He said he then suffocated the girl with the same blanket as the child fought for her life. He's the father who murdered his own wife and girls.

"Walking in there that day, just walking into that room, I knew I wasn't walking out", he told the agents.

In August, right after Shanann Watts and the children went missing, Chris Watts lied to reporters, saying his family disappeared.

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