Chris Watts case: Chilling new details reveal he finalized burial site and plan to kill his family when he was at a birthday party with daughters
Chris Watts had selected the burial site for his daughters Bella, and Celeste, hours before their deaths while at a birthday party with the girls
New documents released in the Chris Watts murder investigation has revealed that the Colorado father started plotting the murder of his wife and his two daughters at a birthday party on the day before the murders on August 13. According to documents released by Weld County DA's office, Watts took his two daughters — 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste — to the birthday party on the afternoon of August 12.
While there he texted co-worker Kodi Roberts saying that he would be making the drive out to one of the more distant oil fields that was managed by his company, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The spot was where the bodies of Shanann, Bella and Celeste were discovered just days after they went missing.
Watts admitted to the law enforcement officials that he took his daughters home, gave them both showers, fed them pizza and got them each a snack before putting them to bed. That same night, the girls and their mother Shannan were all murdered in the house, and their bodies disposed of at the oilfieeld.
Shanann Watts' father, Frank Rzucek, was one of the last people to see the girls, revealing he spoke to them on FaceTime on Sunday evening. Rzucek told law enforcement officials that he spoke with both Watts and Bella, who was eating cold pizza and candy.
A babysitter, who was the sister of the birthday boy whose party Watts and the girls attended, also spoke with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and revealed that on Saturday, a day before the murder, Watts had asked her to watch the children while he attended a Rockies game, though it was later revealed that he was actually on a date with his mistress, Nichol Kessinger.
She noted that nothing exceptional happened that night except that Watts returned home at 10.30 pm, later than he had promised. The next day, the day of the birthday event, she said that Watts left the party much earlier than he told authorities.
"Celeste and Bella are friends of her younger brother. [The babysitter] recalled Chris and his daughters left her home at about 3.30pm."
Watts' co-worker Roberts later told the Colorado Bureau of Investigation that it was "unusual" that Watts had texted him on a weekend, and stated that he arrived at the site alone on Monday morning. Though nothing seemed unusual except that Watts made multiple trips to his car. Later it was found out that he had just buried his wife in a shallow grave and dumped his daughters in an oil tank.
After strangling his wife with his hands and smothering Bella and Celeste last August, Watts loaded their bodies into his truck. He spent a normal day at work and frequently texted his mistress, even as police began investigating his family's disappearance.
He made calls to a real estate agent about selling the family home and told the school that the girls would not enroll that fall. Within days, he was charged with killing his family.