Chris Watts' shirtless photos after arrest reveal he had several tattoos including one large tribute to Metallica on his back

The largest of the five tattoos that Watts has inked on his body is a Metallica tattoo on his upper back as a tribute to his favorite band


                            Chris Watts' shirtless photos after arrest reveal he had several tattoos including one large tribute to Metallica on his back

Just before he was arrested for the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters in August, Chris Watts was ordered to take off his shirt so that he could be photographed by investigators. A video of the same was obtained by The Daily Mail after the publication filed a request under the Colorado Open Records Act. In the video that was obtained, Watts can be seen sitting by himself in an interrogation room at the Frederick Police Station. This was shortly after he sat down for his catastrophic polygraph test.

The Daily Mail reported that the investigators walked into the room and told Watts that they will need to take photographs of his chest, hands, torso, back, neck, head, and legs as evidence for the investigation. Only two hours after this was done, Watts was handcuffed by the investigators and was officially placed under arrest in that very room.

(Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)
(Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)

The photos obtained also show the convicted triple murderer's tattoos. The largest of the five tattoos that Watts has inked on his body is a Metallica tattoo on his upper back as a tribute to his favorite band.

In documents that were previously released by the Weld County DA, the investigation revealed that Watts had searched for the lyrics to a song by the band just before he buried his pregnant wife in a shallow grave and immersed the bodies of his daughters in a nearby oil tank. 

The shallow grave where he buried Shanann and the oil tanks where he immersed the bodies of Bella and Celeste (Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)
The shallow grave where he buried Shanann and the oil tanks where he immersed the bodies of Bella and Celeste (Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)

In the photos that were taken prior to Watts' arrest, he can be seen looking almost lifeless in the eyes. The video also captures him looking at a photo of his daughters once the agents leave the interrogation room. The footage reveals that he showed absolutely no emotion when he looked at the picture of Bella and Celeste and soon falls asleep in a chair.

The same day that the photo was taken, Watts was also informed that the answers he had given in the polygraph test about his missing family were not truthful. Agent Tammy Lee with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation slowly started the process of getting Watts to confess. Initially, he was forthcoming with words but then later stopped talking about his family and demanded to see his father.

Watts finally confessed to his father, Ronnie, that he killed Shanann. Ronnie stayed back in the interrogation room as both agents came back in. The father could be seen rubbing his son's back while Watts was narrating to them that he murdered his wife. At the time, Watts denied that he killed his daughters, Bella and Celeste. This was also a crime that he would not admit to committing until the day he entered his plea deal more than two months after the murders at the Weld County Courthouse.

Agent Lee could be heard telling Watts in the video: "It is completely clear that you were not honest during the testing. And I think you already know that. You did not pass the polygraph test."

The giant Metallica tattoo on Watts' upper back (Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)
The giant Metallica tattoo on Watts' upper back (Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)

Before she told Watts that, Agent Lee was seen sitting with the convict and talking about his family and the relationship he had with Shanann, whom he spoke about in the past tense in spite of the fact that her body had not been found at that point.

Watts said on the day before the polygraph: "It honestly just makes me sick to my stomach because this is something that I would never do. There's no way I would harm anybody in my family at all. I am telling you the absolute truth."

After he was told that he failed the polygraph test, Watts initially replied with "OK," but then said: "I didn’t… I didn’t lie to you on that polygraph… I promise." The agents proceeded to repeatedly ask Watts to tell them where Shanann, Bella, and Celeste were but he did not cooperate and answer.

Watts searched for the lyrics to a Metallica song when he was disposing his family's bodies (Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)
Watts searched for the lyrics to a Metallica song when he was disposing his family's bodies (Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)

He said: "If I could have my babies back home right now, I would… I want them back… I want everybody back…that is the God’s honest truth." Watts revealed at this moment that he had cheated on his wife, which was a fact that the investigators already knew after a superior at his workplace informed them of emails that were sent between Watts and his mistress, Nichol Kessinger.

The agents then took a different approach and told Watts that his father was in the lobby after flying across the country to see him. They then asked him if he really wanted to lie to his father and this seemed to work.

Watts immediately asked to speak to his father. Ronnie was informed that he would be recorded and filmed when he went into the interrogation room to see his son and he agreed to it.

The older man was never prepared for the shock he would go through when his son told him what he had done. Watts soon started telling his father about how he murdered Shanann. Ronnie was seen dropping his head into his hands and saying: "Oh my God." Watts told his father: "She hurt them and then I killed her."

Nichol Kessinger and Chris Watts in one of the pictures that the authorities found in a hidden photo app on his phone (Source: Frederick Police Department)
Nichol Kessinger and Chris Watts in one of the pictures that the authorities found in a hidden photo app on his phone (Source: Frederick Police Department)

He then told the agents that Shanann had choked his children to death and he strangled her after he went into a rage seeing the act. Watts said: "The evil that I saw when I walked behind Shanann when she was [choking daughter Celeste]. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know what to (expletive) do. None of this made sense!" This also turned out to be a giant lie.

Watts was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murders of his pregnant wife Shanann, their two daughters, Bella and Celeste, and their unborn son, Niko.