'Daddy, no': Chris Watts says he hears daughter Bella's haunting last words every day in prison
Bella had watched him slowly kill her little sister and had begged him not to kill her. However, we all know that the father refused to listen to his daughter's pleas.
Convicted murderer, Chris Watts claims that he is still haunted by the cries of his daughter. In a newly revealed confession he claimed that whenever he closes his eyes, he can hear his oldest daughter, four-year-old Bella Watts, crying, "Daddy, no!" right when he was threateningly approaching her.
He heard her cry out as he began moving towards Bella with the same blanket that he had used to smother his youngest daughter, three-year-old, Celeste. Bella had watched him slowly snuff the life out of her little sister and had begged him not to kill her. However, we all know that the father refused to listen to his daughter's plea.
In the newly revealed confession, as he spoke for hours on February 18 with authorities from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, when he was moved to Wisconsin, Watts stated, "I hear it every day, when Bella was talking to me. When she said, ‘Daddy, no!'”
Watts is now serving multiple life sentences after pleading guilty last November to the murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann and their daughters, on August 13, 2018. The 33-year-old convict claimed that he was not in the right state of mind when the incidents were taking place since right before that, during a fight, Shanann had threatened that she would leave him, along with their daughters.
Dr. Phil spoke to the Colorado killer's lawyers after Watts came up for a five-hour long interview to the investigators. The legal representative claimed that Watts “essentially confessed to having an affair that he wanted a divorce, that it was pretty much over between them, and she had said something to the effect of ‘Well, you’re not gonna see the kids again'," and as a result "of that conversation, he strangled her to death."
He further revealed to Dr. Phil, "From our understanding, Bella did not witness the actual killing of her mother, Shanann. It was not until Chris was in the process of trying to dispose of Shan’ann’ body, essentially wrapping her up in this sheet.”
Watts himself added more details into the matter when he stated that he drove 45 minutes to a remote oil field, with Shanann’s corpse in the bed of the truck and his still-living girls in the backseat.
He further claimed, "If I was thinking, this wouldn’t have happened, or any partial hint of what I feel for those girls and what I feel for my wife, then none of this would have happened. So I wasn’t thinking.”
He managed to smother his two daughters before burying them all in graves and claimed that he does not remember saying "yes" when Bella asked him if he would do the same thing with her as he had done with Celeste. Prosecutors had revealed on November 19 that the murders were not in any way quick and they were definitely not painless.
Speaking to the court at the sentencing hearing for the murders, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said that the murders were violent and were very hard to comprehend. Rourke said that the body of the eldest Watts child showed that she bit her tongue as she was being smothered. He told the judge: "She fought back for her life as her father smothered her. Imagine the horror in Bella’s mind as her father took her last breaths away."