Shanann's mother had warned police that Chris Watts would cover up the murders by hiding bodies in oil

She even warned the authorities that he would try to cover up the murder by hiding Shanann, Bella, and Celeste's bodies in the oil fields that belonged to the company he worked at.


                            Shanann's mother had warned police that Chris Watts would cover up the murders by hiding bodies in oil

It has been revealed that Shanann Watts' mother, Sandra Rzucek, suspected that Chris Watts was the killer the moment he appeared on live TV. She even warned the authorities that he would probably cover up the murder by hiding Shanann, Bella, and Celeste's bodies in the oil fields that belonged to the company he worked in at that time, Anadarko Petroleum. The early suspicions of the mother and the transcripts of the FBI interviews are all included in a nearly 2,000-page case file that was released on November 21 by the Weld County District Attorney's Office.

The Denver Post was able to obtain the case file through an open records request. The documents were made available for the media after Watts was sentenced on November 19 to life in prison for murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters. He pleaded guilty on November 6 to nine different charges that included murder.

Sandra Onorati Rzucek, the mother of Shanann Watts, reads a statement during court at the Weld County Courthouse on November 19, 2018, in Greeley, Colorado (Source: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Sandra Onorati Rzucek, the mother of Shanann Watts, reads a statement during court at the Weld County Courthouse on November 19, 2018, in Greeley, Colorado (Source: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Rzucek was onto her son-in-law and knew that he was involved in the disappearance of her pregnant daughter and her two granddaughters. The day immediately after they were reported as missing, the concerned mother called the authorities and told them that she suspected foul play and that Watts was acting strangely.

A supplemental report from the Frederick Police said: "She stated that Christopher is acting, 'Weird', and out of the ordinary. She said that Christopher is telling people, 'He has to go to work', and that just doesn’t seem right. She felt that he is going out to pour oil on the bodies to dispose of them somewhere." Rzucek also said that the couple appeared to be having a strong marriage until the summer when Watts suddenly started acting cold toward Shanann.

According to the transcript of a police interview that she had with a friend, Shanann had suspected that her husband had been cheating on her and having an affair. This came soon after she uploaded a video on Facebook where she surprised him with news of her third pregnancy. Chris is reported to have started having an affair with one of his coworkers about two months before he murdered his family. Even though the affair has now been identified as one of the motives, Watts has still not spoken about why he strangled his pregnant wife, smothered their two young daughters Bella and Celeste, and then cruelly disposed of all three of them at the oil field where he was formerly employed on August 13. 

Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke gave a candid assessment of Watts' lies on November 19 during his sentencing hearing. He also said that he and Shanann's family agreed beforehand that forcing Chris to make a confession in public could put them "in a position where we were listening to some concocted BS story, just to try to satisfy the plea agreement". Rourke said: "The Rzuceks [Shan’ann’s family] were of the opinion that he would never be able to give us a full version — just because of who he is — he would never tell us the truth."