'He feels nobody understands him': Chris Watts reportedly mad that media portrays him as a monster
According to reports, Chris Watts spends about 23 hours every day in his cell at Weld County Jail under 'Close Watch Protocol', which is prison jargon for a suicide watch
A source close to Chris Watts has said that he has been cut off from most of the media coverage behind the case of him allegedly murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in August this year. The man has been in a jail in Colorado for more than a month so far. According to reports, Watts spends about 23 hours every day in his cell at Weld County Jail under 'Close Watch Protocol', which is prison jargon for a suicide watch.
He is said to have no television or anything to read. He is allowed to go out to the common room once a day but he will be alone. The room only has a communal table with a newspaper that Watts is free to read. The man knows that his case is locally a major story but it wasn't until recently that, according to the source, the 33-year-old spoke to prison guards and fellow inmates and found out that the case was internationally famous.
The source told PEOPLE: "He’s very frustrated. He didn’t know that everyone knows about this case." Watts had been arrested on August 15 and was subsequently charged with three counts of first-degree murder, aside from other crimes, in the deaths of his 34-year-old wife Shanann and his daughters, Bella and Celeste, who were both under the age of five.
The mother and two young children were reported missing on August 13 and their bodies were found on the property of Anadarko Petroleum, Watts' former employer, shortly after he was arrested by authorities. The petroleum giant fired the accused father on the day he was arrested. An arrest affidavit revealed that investigators found out about Watts' affair with an unnamed co-worker, which he had previously denied.
According to the document, he had confessed to killing his wife. The affidavit also showed that Watts allegedly claimed that he was forced to strangle his wife after he saw her strangling Celeste on the baby monitor while Bella was lying on her bed and looking blue. The father said he had killed his wife because he had gone into a rage over what he saw. Watts said that this took place after he and Shanann had a "civil but emotional" conversation about separating.
The source added that Watts felt like the public does not know all of what happened. "He feels like no one understands him, and nobody knows what happened. He thinks if they did understand, they’d realize that he’s not the monster everyone says he is." The same source had previously told the publication: "He’s not doing well at all. The gravity of the situation has hit him like a ton of bricks. Depression is setting in, and he’s despondent."
Another source who is close to the investigation had previously told PEOPLE: "The theory that she [Shanann] did it doesn’t hold any water. There is absolutely no evidence that [Shanann] killed her children." Watts has still not entered a plea and is scheduled to return to the courtroom in November.