Chris Watts reveals he got the idea to blame the deaths of his children on his wife from investigators
In his most recent confession, Watts told investigators that he didn't just pull that lie off the top of his head
Convicted triple murderer Chris Watts, the man who killed his pregnant wife and two young daughters in August last year, claimed that the idea to blame Shanann for the murders of Bella and Celeste came to his mind from the investigators. Newly released interviews that took place with Watts at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin, with the same investigators that he claimed he got the heinous idea from, revealed that he didn't just pull that lie off the top of his head.
The 33-year-old pleaded guilty late last year to the murders of his 34-year-old wife Shanann and their daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste. He was sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole on November 19 last year, Oxygen reported.
Watts had a five-hour interview with investigators from the FBI, CBI, and a member of the Frederick Police Department on February 18 which was released on March 7. In the recording, he tells the investigators: "Honestly, I never even thought about that story until you guys mentioned it."
In his initial confessions, Watts said that he was the one who killed Shanann because he saw her killing their children through the baby monitor. Watts was seen on surveillance footage whispering to his father during that particular confession: "She ... she smothered them ... they were smothered."
The killer father finally pleaded guilty to all three murders in order to avoid the death penalty and has now said that it had been the investigators themselves who had planted the idea in his head.
He said during the recent interview: "I never even thought about it until you guys mentioned it. I just went with it. I knew they (his family) would probably believe it because my mom and my sister just never really liked Shanann."
It's because of this that Watts received multiple letters in prison from his friends slamming Shanann's "dominant" personality.
He said that the story was what his lawyers were going with but that it wasn't too long before he told them the truth. Watts also said that his lawyers were quiet when he finally admitted that he killed his own children.
The convicted killer added in the recording that he didn't want his lawyers to work under a false pretense. He said: "They said they wouldn’t judge me so I told them, I told them everything that happened and they appreciated it. Most of the time the defendant doesn't actually tell them what happened." He also stressed that he didn't want his lawyers to be "unprepared" or "foolish" in court.