Chris Watts 'giggled' as investigators pushed him to confess to the murders after he failed polygraph test
The recent documents released show more information on how Chris Watts confessed to the murders and how he claimed to be innocent throughout
A six-hour interview with agents from FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation made Chris Watts confess to murdering his wife and children, but not before he failed a polygraph test.
According to investigative documents in the Watts family murder case obtained by People, Watts laughed off a question asked by the investigators to chart out all the possible ways to make a person disappear, after he kept claiming that he knew nothing about where his wife and daughters were.
The 33-year-old Watts “giggled,” adding that the question was hard to answer as he was not responsible for the disappearance of Shanann Watts, his 34-year-old pregnant wife, and two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.
When asked to come up with a list of “all the physical ways a person could cause someone’s disappearance through murder,” Chris allegedly responded with a long list of options — although when investigators specifically mentioned strangulation, which he eventually admitted he was guilty of, Chris did not directly comment on the method.
Before a polygraph test, Chris was told the three questions he would be asked: if he had physically caused his wife’s disappearance and whether he was lying about the last time he saw her and if he knew where she was.
During both the pre-test interview and the actual polygraph test, he maintained his innocence but authorities said Chris was found to have been untruthful on the polygraph test.
Investigators went on to tell Chris that he had failed the polygraph test, to which he simply responded, “Okay,” and maintained that his answers had been truthful. Shortly after the post-test interview began, Chris admitted that he had been cheating on his wife, with whom he had fallen out of love.
Asked again by investigators where his wife and daughters were located, Chris responded that he didn’t know and that this had been the only information he had been withholding. However, investigators had already learned of his affair with Nichol Kessinger, which they revealed.
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After continued questioning, Chris asked if he could speak to his father, Ronnie Watts. Although the investigators left the room after bringing in Chris’ father, the entire exchange was recorded on video.
Chris proceeded to tell his father that he had killed Shannan, claiming he had only “hurt her” after his wife had strangled their daughters, the documents state.
“I freaked out and did the same to f— her,” Watts allegedly told his father.
After investigators re-entered the room, Chris claimed that after telling his wife he wanted to separate, he had witnessed her on a baby monitor attempting to strangle Celeste, and that Bella had already disappeared by the time he realized what was happening.
Chris allegedly went on to apologize for lying earlier, admitting, “I’m not a good man,” before revealing where he had hidden the remains of his wife and daughters.
All the investigative documents released this week suggest that Chris had grown distant from his family and infatuated with a “new love” until, at last, he could not keep them all in his life — and chose his lover.
“He hasn’t touched me all week, kissed me, talked to me except for when I’m trying to figure out what is wrong,” Shanann explained in a text to a friend, adding, “We’ve never had a problem in our relationship like this. No joke. NEVER. THIS IS TOTAL LEFT FIELD.”
“I just want to cry,” she wrote in one of the released text messages.
In November, Chris pleaded guilty in the slayings of his pregnant wife and their young children in exchange for being spared a possible death sentence. Chris was sentenced on November 19 to life in prison without parole.
Despite his guilty plea, Chris has never come clean about his crimes.