Chris Watts had sex with wife Shanann hours before killing her: 'It was like a trigger point'

Chris Watts had sex with wife Shanann hours before killing her: 'It was like a trigger point'

Notorious triple murderer Chris Watts has finally told the world how he brutally murdered his family in a tell-all jailhouse confession. The Colorado killer spoke to investigators from several agencies and told them that he strangled his 15-week pregnant wife Shanann when she confronted him about the affair that he had at the time with mistress Nichol Kessinger. Watts also told the authorities that he had sex with his wife merely hours before killing her, just after she returned to their home from a work trip in Arizona.

Watts said they had sex in the missionary position and that he felt ‘strange’ and questioned who he had become. “The sex was like a trigger point, like you hit the push button on a bomb and it just blows up,” he said, according to Oxygen.

Daily Mail reported that Watts now regrets what he did and even said at one point on how differently things could have happened. He says in the recording: "Right now I’d have a 5-year-old...a 3-year-old...and more than likely, a one-month-old son...and a beautiful wife...and right now it’s just me."

Chris Watts at Dodge Correctional Institution, Wapun, Wisconsin (Source: Weld County DA)
Chris Watts at Dodge Correctional Institution, Wapun, Wisconsin (Source: Weld County DA)

The surveillance video that was taken on his neighbor's camera shows Watts looking like he walked one of his daughters to the car on the morning that he killed her. Shanann reportedly told her husband after he confessed about his affair: "You’re never gonna see the kids again … you’re never gonna see them again … get off me … don’t hurt the baby."

At the time this conversation happened, Watts was straddling Shanann's body and she initially thought that he wanted to have sex again. He says in the recording: "Every time I think about it, I’m just like, did I know I was going to do that before I got on top of her? Everything that happened that morning I just don’t - I don’t know… like, I try to go back in my head… I didn’t want to do this, but I did it... it just felt like there was already something in my mind that was implanted that I was gonna do it and when I woke up that morning, it was gonna happen and I had no control over it."

Watts then read a Bible verse when his pregnant wife stopped breathing, saying: "Forgive these people for they do not know what they do." The killer told the authorities about how he threw away the sheets from their bed because Shanann had evacuated her bowels when she died.


He also said that he hasn't spoken to any of his family members since he was sentenced which could explain why his father believes that he is innocent. After he strangled his wife to death, which Watts says took less than four minutes, his older daughter Bella walked into the room and was told by Watts that Shanann was asleep.

Watts said: "I was just getting the sheet off the bed and she walked in, and she had her little pink blanket with her. She started crying a bit and was like, 'What's wrong? What's wrong with mommy?'." He then dragged his dead wife down the stairs, at which point the couple's second daughter Celeste woke up and started running around the family home with Bella.

The man then put his wife's body in the truck with their two daughters, who spent close to an hour with a corpse in the vehicle on the way to where they were finally killed as well. Bella said during the drive: "Daddy, it smells." 


After the killer father arrived at the oil field where he used to work, he took Shanann's body out of the car and then went back to kill Celeste. He smothered his 3-year-old daughter with her favorite New York Yankees blanket while simultaneously choking her neck. She was finally disposed of in an oil tank. Bella reportedly watched the whole thing.

When Watts went back to the car after dumping Celeste's body, Bella asked him quietly: "Is the same thing gonna happen to me as Cece?" Watts said in the recording that he isn't sure if he told her "yes" or no at the time of the incident. The 4-year-old girl reportedly put up a brave fight while her father was smothering her in the same way as her sister before she finally screamed out: "Daddy, no!" Bella was also disposed in an oil tank.

He then proceeded to bury his wife in a shallow grave before going home and tossing the Yankees blanket as well as his clothes into a neighborhood dumpster. Watts says in the recording that he did not have any master plan and still can't figure out how he acted normal around other people in August last year. He also said that he didn't even think about an alibi at any point after the murders. He said: "I had no time to really have a thought that was my own."

One of the main reasons that Watts was allegedly so angry towards Shanann was her decision to stop talking to his parents after an incident occurred at their home just a few weeks before the murders took place. Shanann had declared to him that his parents couldn't see their daughters anymore after his mother served Bella some ice cream with peanuts at a party in spite of the child's nut allergy. 

He said in the recording: "I don’t know if that had something to do with it... that something inside me just triggered it and then it just like, all that pent up from the wedding and everything. It’s like a long fuse that finally just went to its end." Watts then said that he started regretting the way he treated his family after he and Shanann started dating. He said that only his grandmother went to their wedding from his side.

The convicted killer also said that the reason he entered a guilty plea was that he did not want his attorneys to lie for two to four years if the trial had run its natural course. He said: "They would’ve done anything I told them to do... I don’t see how they can do that. Like, you know, that’s what attorneys do... you know, like, they take their defendant and they say hey, like, what happened, okay we’ll go with that story."

When the father was asked to go into the police station to take a polygraph test just days after he reported his pregnant wife and two children as missing, he said that he knew he wasn't going to be able to walk out of there that day. Prison was a difficult time for Watts in Colorado, apparently, and he said that other inmates there would constantly scream out ways for him to kill himself.

In the last few days before he was transferred to his current prison in Wisconsin, Watts actually thought that he was going to die. MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) previously reported that he also said in the recording that he found God at that time. He said: "I never knew I could have a relationship with God like I do’s like the amazing grace with all of this, but I just wish nobody had to pay any kind of price for this...I know there is a purpose for everybody, I just hope I can find mine."

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