Chris Watts Convicted of Killing Family

Posted on April 30, 2019 by

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Recently, Christopher Lee Watts’ confession tapes were released to the public. The following is a timeline of the various events that lead up to today.

  • 13 August 2018: The day of the murder, Shan’ann, Bella, and Celeste were reported missing by a friend. “When I came home, it was a ghost town. I have no idea where they are, I have no information on where they’re at right now,” Chris Watts said in an interview with HLN News.
  • 15 August 2018: Watts was arrested for the murders of 34-year-old pregnant wife, Shan’ann, 4-year-old Bella, 3-year-old Celeste, and unborn son Nico. Shan’ann was 15 weeks pregnant.
  • 12 November 2018: Watts pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole.
  • 15 November 2018: Watts’s girlfriend, Nicole Kessinger spoke to the Denver Post for the first time. She was shocked when she heard that Chris was still married to Shan’ann and was pregnant, so she pressed Watts to tell her what happened. “It got to a point that he was telling me so many lies that I eventually told him that I did not want to speak to him again until his family was found,” Kessinger said.
  • 25 November 2018: Text messages between Shan’ann and Chris were released to WSOC-TV, Shan’ann saying “I don’t know how you fell out of love with me in 5.5 weeks, or if this has been going on for a long time, but you don’t plan another baby if you’re not in love,” while Chris replied, “I’m not sure what’s in my head.” He also “denied that he didn’t love her and didn’t want to erase eight years together.”
  • 28 November 2018: Weld County District Attorney’s Office released a videotape of Chris Watts confessing to his father that he killed his wife. Before he confessed, according to the Denver Post, Watts failed a polygraph test (even though they’re not admissible in court). He admitted to having an affair, told police that he buried his wife at a Weld County oil site, and put his daughters in oil storage tanks.
  • 18 February 2019: Watts confessed to triple homicide, according to USA Today.
  • 7 March 2019: Five-hour-long audio footage of Watts’ confession tapes were released to the public.
  • 11 March 2019: Dr. Phil interviewed Shan’ann’s parents, Frank and Sandy Rzucek, about their reaction to Watts’ confession. The morning of 13 August 2018, according to CBS Denver, Sandy woke up and knew something was wrong with Shan’ann. “I’m still on a mission for my daughter and my grandchildren, because they wanted to live. They had beautiful lives, loved each other, loved everyone around them. Momma’s right here. I’m here, and I will stand up for them,” Sandy Rzucek said.
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