Chilling surveillance footage shows Chris Watts calmly buying breakfast after dumping family's bodies
33-year-old Watts can be seen in the surveillance footage that was obtained from a convenience store at 8 a.m. on August 13 morning
A video that was recently released by the Weld County District Attorney's Office in Colorado shows the chilling moment convicted triple murderer Chris Watts stops to buy a breakfast sandwich after he disposed of his family's bodies. 33-year-old Watts can be seen in the surveillance footage that was obtained from a convenience store at 8 a.m. on August 13 morning. He can be seen picking up the breakfast sandwich and talking to the cashier. The father and husband can be seen wearing an orange t-shirt and sunglasses placed on top of his baseball cap as he puts the change back into his wallet before walking away with his breakfast.
The eerily calm behavior from Watts hides the fact that he just disposed of the bodies of his two daughters, Bella and Celeste, in an oil tank and buried his 15-week pregnant wife, Shanann, in a shallow grave in a remote oil field that belongs to his former company, Anadarko Petroleum. Shanann and the children were found only two days after Watts was seen in the surveillance footage thanks to a manhunt that was conducted statewide, The Daily Mail reported. This was after Watts also made some suspicious appearances on live TV pleading for the safe return of his family.
On November 6, during the hearing, Watts pleaded guilty to killing his wife and daughters after he struck a plea deal with the prosecutors in order to avoid the death penalty. Then, on November 19, Watts was sentenced to three consecutive life terms after he pleaded guilty to strangling his pregnant wife and smothering his daughters inside the family home in August. In the days that followed his sentencing, Colorado authorities have released 2,000 pages worth of files relating to the investigation and this includes police station interviews of Watts admitting to his father that he "freaked out" and killed Shanann.
Among the newly released evidence is also the surveillance footage of his neighbor's house which shows the convicted murderer leaving the family home in Denver on August 13 at around 5:30 am to go and dump the bodies in the oil field. He was seen in the footage coming out of the home and backing his truck up into the garage before he drove away.
The Daily Mail also revealed that when investigators in the case went through Nichol Kessinger's, Watts' mistress, phone, they found evidence that she has searched online for wedding dresses only a week before the murders took place. She also looked online for "anal sex" 45 minutes before she went on her last date with Watts, which was the night before he killed his pregnant wife and children.
The final search Kessinger made, that was noted by detectives, came soon after the murders on August 19 when she looked up how much money Amber Frey made by publishing her book. In the same search, she also looked into how much Frey's net worth is and searched "did people hate Amber Frey". Frey was family killer Scott Peterson's mistress during the time he murdered his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn son Conner in Modesto, California.
When the authorities looked through Watts' phone, they found thousands of hidden photographs that were in a secret calculator app which could only be accessed by entering a four-digit code. Many of those pictures show either a nude or semi-nude Kessinger.
When the police interrogated Kessinger two days after Shanann and her children were reported missing, it is reported that she broke down on hearing about Chris' daughters and claimed that she did not know anything about Shannan being pregnant or what Chris had in mind. She said she was ashamed of Chris for everything and now knew that she would have to deal with the fact that his family is no longer there.