Shanann Watts and her in-laws had a strained relationship before she and her kids were murdered by Chris, reveal case files

In numerous lengthy texts that were sent by Shanann to her husband a week before she was strangled to death, she explains what led to the end of her relationship with his parents


                            Shanann Watts and her in-laws had a strained relationship before she and her kids were murdered by Chris, reveal case files

Even though Chris Watts has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of getting out, there are still a number of questions that need to be answered. According to investigation documents obtained by Daily Mail, the relationship between the convicted his wife Shanann and her in-laws was practically non-existent before the murders. In numerous lengthy texts that were sent by Shanann to Chris a week before she was murdered, she explains what led to the end of her relationship with Cindy and Ronnie Watts.

In a text that Shanann wrote on August 4, she told Chris that his parents had cut her and their grandchildren off because she got angry when she found out that they were giving the children ice cream with peanut chips, The Daily Mail reported.

This was done in spite of the grandparents knowing that Celeste had a nut allergy. The couple then proceeded to block Shanann on Facebook and did not even go for their granddaughter's third birthday, let alone call and wish her.



 

At the same time that Shanann was telling her husband about his parents' behavior, her own mother revealed that Cindy and Ronnie didn't make an appearance at their own son's wedding to her daughter.  The tension between the pregnant mother and her in-laws reached its limit when she was in North Carolina for four weeks without Chris, who was working and also spending time with his mistress in Colorado.

Celeste and Bella had been at their grandparent's home one evening during the long vacation and this is when Cindy is said to have served ice cream that allegedly contained peanut chips. 

Shanann wrote in a text to her husband that day: "You should call your dad and tell him you did not appreciate your mom putting your daughter at risk today, nor do you like that she teased our girls. You should also say you don't appreciate her saying they have to learn they can't always get what they want! They are 2 and 4!"

Christopher Watts at the Weld County Courthouse on August 21, 2018, in Greeley, Colorado. (Getty Images)
Christopher Watts at the Weld County Courthouse on August 21, 2018, in Greeley, Colorado. (Getty Images)

Chris appeared to take his wife's side and responded with: "l will call him and tell him what I think about this. lt's not f***ing cool at all because it is the kids. I will set this right."

The situation turned sour later on, however, when Chris went to North Carolina and his parents chose not to attend Celeste's third birthday party. This was the last straw for Shanann and she sent a lengthy text to Chris.

She wrote: "Truth came out last night. l didn't create no dagger between you and your dad. That was done by your mom and your dad and I won't change a thing. My daughter's life is way more important and you better believe I wanted to say a whole lot more than I did, but I was being the bigger person and protecting Bella."

"l didn't tell your dad not to come to the party. l didn't tell him not to text, or call your daughter, on her birthday. I didn't tell him to start acting like he only has two grandkids instead of four. I didn't block your family on [Facebook], he did. I and your kids have nothing to say to them. They do. They owe your kids their life. Your parent's home isn't a safe zone. Your mom isn't safe!"



 

"You can let them tell you what you want, but I didn't tell anyone to stop loving your kids, or stop acting like it. He did that not me. You can believe I created this dagger, but I didn't do that. I stood up for our kids, I advocated and protected our children. I don't ever want to hear l'm sorry I killed your kid because I was stupid. That would kill me."

"These kids are my world and I have to protect them from the evil of the world. I shouldn't have to protect them from evil family. Our kids deserve the same love and attention the other kids get, nothing less. l'm not accepting, 'l'm sorry,' from your mom because she doesn't mean it and she knew what she was doing. I made it very clear not to eat it around Celeste, because she doesn't understand, way before that happened." 

"She's evil and willing to risk your daughter's life just to get under my skin. You and your dad are no different if you are ok with her behavior. There's nothing wrong with me and l'm not crazy. I just love my kids way too much."

This whole bit of text, however, was only half of what she sent to Chris. Shanann and Chris were going through their own problems at the time that all of this took place with Cindy and Ronnie.



 

The pregnant mother continued: "From the day I left, you never said I missed you before I said it. Something changed when I left. You may be happier alone and that's fine. You can be alone! This pregnancy, you have failed to acknowledge it, or to acknowledge how l'm feeling. The first trimester is the scariest and most dangerous yet we can lose this baby at any point till delivery." 

"l'm not going to be treated this way for having the b*lls to protect our family and kids. I should get a gold f***ing medal for handling it the way I did, because I had a lot of choice words l wanted to say to her and your dad for his stupidity. No one stands up to your mom and your dad for that. He's just as guilty by not doing anything. I have nothing to do with him stop sharing memories of his grandkids. What does that have to do with me?" 

"They are f***ing with our kids feelings and that l'm not ok with. I am their mother and I will protect them. I have enough to worry about with the world out there, l'm not going to worry about family. l will just remove it."

The case files noted that this was the end of the first lengthy message that Shanann sent to her husband at 3:30 in the morning. There was another message that Shanann sent soon after this one that read: "l also don't control what you do. lf you want to go hang out with your parents today, by all means do so, but without us. Don't put it on me why you can't go. You are your own person."



 

In his initial response, Chris looked like he was agreeing with Shanann. He wrote: "These kids mean the world to me and always will. Yes, my mom truly screwed up in a huge way, more than a huge way. I don't know what I would've done if something happened to CeCe."

He continued: "These kiddos are the light of my life and seeing their sweet, incredible smiles and playfulness makes me smile every day. l'm sorry for the way l've been acting, it's just been in my head and I haven't been right at all."

Shanann sent a message shortly after that and the attack was relentless. She wrote: "I protected our daughter from their stupidity. They created that and you belong with them thinking otherwise. I didn't tell your dad to remove himself from the kid's life... I did and do not deserve to be treated the way you have. l defended our daughter."

Chris then tries desperately to console his furious wife but also defend his parents. He wrote: "Yes you protected our daughter and l thank you for that a million times a million. I don't think they are innocent in any of this. They do want to be in the kids' life and l'm not sure they even know how to right now."

The clothes that Shanann Watts was buried in after she was strangled to death by her husband, Chris Watts (Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)
The clothes that Shanann Watts was buried in after she was strangled to death by her husband, Chris Watts (Source: Weld County District Attorney's Office)

He continued: "They should've swallowed whatever they needed to and came to Cece's Birthday Party and called her and shouldn't have blocked all social media contact with them. I don't care what they do with us, just as long as they love and respect the kids. l'm not used to not having a relationship with my dad. I should've just called him before it got to this point where it got in my head. I didn't and that's my fault."

There have since been, however, different versions of what happened based on what one of Chris' friends told investigators. He said that Cindy had called him and cried on the phone after she had her fight with Shanann and Chris had told him not to worry because he was done with his wife. That same friend also said that Chris and Cindy were "sweet hearted people".

Photos and videos that were recently revealed by the Weld County DA show the clothes that Shanann was wearing when she was murdered by Chris and then buried in a shallow grave. The evidence pictures show a pair of underwear, a bra, and a short-sleeved shirt.