On August 13th, pregnant Colorado mother Shannan Watts and her two young daughters — Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 — went missing. They were found dead last week on the property of Anadarko Petroleum, where Shannan’s husband Chris Watts had worked. With Chris expected to be formally charged with the murder of his own family on Monday, Shannan’s close friend has spoken out to reveal the sick motive behind the killing.
Nickole Atkinson was the last person to see 34-year-old Shannan Watts alive. She had dropped the pregnant mother off at her Frederick, Colorado, home at 2 a.m. last Monday after the pair returned from a business trip. She saw Shannon open her front door and turn to wave before disappearing inside.
“She went inside, turned around and waved at me, and shut the door,” said Atkinson. It was the last time she would ever see her friend and co-worker.
Hours later, Atkinson began to worry. Watts wasn’t answering her phone and she had missed a doctors appointment. “She was going to get to hear the baby’s heartbeat and see how she or he was doing,” said Atkinson. Later that same day, Shannan and her two daughters were reported missing.
The next day, August 14, Chris pleaded for his family to be returned. “My kids are my life. Those smiles light up my life,” he told ABC7 Denver. “I just want them to come back. If they’re not safe right now, that’s what’s tearing me apart. Because if they are safe, they’re coming back. But if they’re not, this has got to stop. Like, somebody has to come forward.”
By August 15, Chris had been arrested in connection with the murder of his wife and daughters. The girls’ bodies were found submerged in oil tanks on the property of Anadarko Petroleum, where Chris worked, while their mother’s body was recovered from a shallow grave nearby, according to court documents. Meanwhile, family members revealed that Chris had confessed to police that he killed them.
Prosecutors in Colorado are preparing to file formal charges of first-degree murder and evidence tampering against Christopher Watts, who is accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters. In the latest court motions filed Friday, Watts’ attorney is asking for DNA samples to be taken from the two girls. What the defense wants to do with the samples is not known.
The paperwork also notes that the children were found in an oil tank filled with crude oil and had been there for several days. The 33-year-old is being held in a Colorado jail after he reportedly confessed to killing his pregnant wife Shanann and their two daughters — 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella. Their bodies were discovered on Thursday on the property of one of his worksites. [Source: CBS News]
The shocking circumstances surrounding the Watts’ case have baffled us all, as they were seemingly the perfect all-American family — two adorable, healthy young girls; another bundle of joy on the way; a pretty home in Colorado; and both parents had decent jobs. So, why on Earth would Chris kill his pregnant wife and their two daughters?
In the days following the murder, it emerged that the Watts family was very much in debt, largely because of Shannan’s school loans, leading some to believe that this could have been a possible motive for the brutal killing. However, on Monday morning, Nickole Atkinson spoke out in a live-televised interview to reveal a key piece of information no one previously knew. This stunning new detail paints a much clearer picture of the man Chris truly is, and it seems as though it could be the makings of a motive far more likely than financial hardship.
According to Atkinson, Shannon suspected that her husband was having an affair in the weeks leading up to the killing. “He wasn’t being the loving Chris that he normally was,” Atkinson told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She added, “He wasn’t touching or hugging or doing stuff like that.”
The father who confessed to killing his wife and two daughters is expected to be formally charged later today — This as the last friend to see the mother alive speaks out for the first time: https://t.co/0wZJnpowI9@Clayton_Sandell reports. pic.twitter.com/IwnV7ccGCm
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 20, 2018
Despite posting positive messages about her husband on Facebook, Shanann Watts had “entertained the idea” that her husband was cheating on her recently, Atkinson said. And she wasn’t the only friend Shannan had confided in about the suspected affair, either. “It came to her mind that possibly he could be cheating,” close friend Amanda Thayer told the media on Friday.
There is still so much which remains to be seen about this alarming case, but the picture is beginning to look clearer and clearer each day. It appears that Chris Watts was not the man Shannan gushed about on Facebook. Rather, he was a monster in disguise — a monster capable of killing his own pregnant wife and their two innocent daughters.