Footage shows Chris Watts staring daggers at Shanann's friend during police search
Throughout history, there have been people who have committed atrocities so abhorrent that their names will forever be indelibly marked into the minds of those who know their crimes. Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Jack the Ripper, are just a few of the names that are tainted with true terror, disgust and intrigue. In August, another name joined the exclusive list: Chris Watts.
On August 15, Watts was arrested for the murders of his wife, Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant with their son Nico, and his two daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste.
Watts' arrest came just one day after he appeared on national television, outside the family home in Fredrick, Colorado, pleading for the safe return of his family.
To those who didn't know any better, Watt's emotionless plea appeared genuine. Of course, it was inconceivable to suspect him capable of harming the family he claimed to care about so deeply. However, whilst Watts delivered his monosyllabic request for his family's return, the police were learning the shocking truth.
They learned that late on August 12, Shanann had returned from a business trip in Scottsdale, Arizona. She had been dropped at her home by her friend and colleague, Nichole Atkinson, at approximately 1:40 am on August 13. That was the last time that Shanann was seen alive.
The following day Shanann missed an important pregnancy appointment with her gynecologist, which was scheduled for 10 am. A few hours later, she failed to attend a business meeting. Concerned by this unusual behavior and the fact that Shanann wasn't responding to her calls and text messages, Nichole decided to pay a visit to the Watts' family home at around 12:10 pm.
Upon arriving at the house, Nichole's alarm grew after her knocks at the door went unanswered. Uncomfortable by the situation, she immediately phoned Chris Watts as well as the Frederick Police Department, the latter of which arrived around 1:40 pm to conduct a welfare check.
This visit was caught on camera, in footage that has now been released to the public. In the haunting clip, Chris Watts can be seen visibly agitated as he gives the police permission to search the house.
It would later transpire that the police welfare check was conducted shortly after Watts returned from dumping the bodies of his wife and two daughters at the oil site where he had worked prior to his arrest.
Watch the disturbing footage for yourself, and see if you can spot his guilt...
After searching the Watts' home, the police would find Shanann's purse, phone, and keys. Meanwhile, Watts insisted that Shanann had taken the children to visit a friend of hers, and that he'd even seen the girls asleep in their beds on the baby monitor when he left the house that morning.
However, Shanann's car and the children's car seats were also found at the house, making it clear that they'd never left the home.
The following day the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation joined the case. On this day, Watts gave an interview to a local television station where he claimed to have "no idea where they went."
"I don't feel like this is even real right now. It's like a nightmare I can't wake up from," he said. He claimed that he'd text Shanann that morning and had not received a reply, which he thought strange.
At around midday, he checked their doorbell camera and saw that Nichole had visited the property, but nobody had answered the door despite her repeated knocks. Concerned by this, he claims he then rushed home and found nobody home, despite Shanann's car being in the driveway.
"When I got home yesterday, it was like a ghost town," he told television crews. "I was trying to get home as fast as I can, I was blowing through stop lights, I was blowing through everything just trying to get home as fast as I can because none of this made sense."
He then spoke to the police at 1:40 pm when they conducted their welfare check and reported his wife and two daughters missing.
The investigation didn't last long, with Watts being arrested the following day for the murders of his family. He initially tried to claim that Shanann had strangled their two daughters in a fit of revenge after he told her he was having an affair and wanted to end their marriage. After learning of what she'd done, Watts claims he then killed her in a fit of anger before transporting all three bodies to the oil site.
Listen to what he claims happened...
The bodies of Shanann, Celeste and Bella were discovered on the oil site on August 16. The two girls were found submerged in oil tanks whilst Shannan was found buried in a shallow grave nearby.
Watts later confessed to murdering his daughters as part of a plea deal to escape the death penalty.
On November 19, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for first-degree murder, unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.