Shanann's parents think Chris Watts was honest in his confession because "it's eating him up"
According to Shanann Watts' mother, she knew something terrible had happened to her beloved daughter, even before she and her grandchildren were reported missing
According to Shanann Watts' mother, she knew something unspeakable had happened to her daughter even before she was reported missing. Sandy Rzucek claimed she woke up from her sleep and sat up in bed after hearing "the Holy Spirit" whisper "Shanann" in her ears, Fox 6 Now reported.
On March 11, during an appearance on 'Dr. Phil', Sandy said: “I felt my daughter’s spirit the moment she died. I knew. I swear to God I knew. I woke up the whole house. I said, ‘Something’s wrong with Shanann.'”
In August 2018, the bodies of Shanann and her children, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were discovered in a secluded oil field belonging Chris Watts' employer.
After Shanann's family agreed to drop the possibility of pursuing the death penalty, Chris pleaded guilty to the killings and is currently serving five life sentences, three consecutive and two concurrent.
Chris’ five-hour confession to law enforcement, tapes of which were recently released, drew reactions from Shanann's family as they spoke about how they've struggled to cope with the horrific deaths and to understand Chris' motive behind the crimes.
While initially denying any involvement in the disappearance of his wife and kids back in August, Chris faked concern about their well-being to a local media outlet before finally pleading guilty in November. During Watts' infamous jailhouse confession in February, he spoke about what led him to plead guilty to his crimes.
In his confession, Chris recalled in detail, his wife had returned from a work trip at 2 a.m. on August 13, 2018, and an argument ensued between them when he admitted to having an extramarital affair. In response, Shanann threatened to leave him and deny him custody of their children, he said. This apparently caused him to snap and he strangled her.
He also said he hasn't spoken to any of his family members since he was sentenced, which could explain why his father believes he is innocent. After he strangled his wife to death, which Chris said took less than four minutes, his older daughter Bella walked into the room and was told by him that Shanann was asleep.
While speaking to investigators, Chris said he mourns the loss of his family almost every day. "Right now I'd have a five-year-old...a three-year-old...and more than likely a one-month-old son...and a beautiful wife..and right now it's just me," he said.
On the 'Dr. Phil' show, “Why do you think he’s telling the truth now?” host Phil McGraw asked the devastated family. In response, Frank, Shanann's father, said he believed Chris spoke the truth about the murders because "it's eating him up."
He said, “I think he was more than glad to talk to somebody for five hours, sitting in a box 24/7." Rzucek added, “We loved him like a son and Frankie loved him like a brother. I just don’t understand.”
Steve Lambert, a lawyer representing Shanann's family, during an earlier appearance on 'Dr. Phil,' said Bella feared she would be killed next after knowing her father had just taken the lives of her mother and sister.
“Please Daddy, don’t do to me what you just did to Cece,” Bella said, according to Lambert. Rzucek said it was heartbreaking to know that her granddaughter had witnessed the death of her sister at the hands of her own father. “To hear my granddaughter beg for her life … it’s pretty rough,” she said.
When authorities informed the family they had discovered their bodies separately, Rzucek said she could feel the presence of her daughter and grandchildren.
“That night I was laying in bed and I just felt a presence and I heard my daughter. I felt her, and I heard her say, ‘I love you mommy and I’m sorry,'” she said, adding, “She told me she was at peace." Speaking of Bella, Rzucek said she told her “I can go to Disney World any time I want.” Rzucek replied, “I said, that’s right, Bella”.
According to Rzucek, the murders have encouraged her to lend a shoulder to those women whose children have gone missing. “I’m still on a mission for my daughter and my grandchildren because they wanted to live. They had the right to live, and they had beautiful lives,” she said. “They loved each other. They loved their family. They loved everybody that was around them.”
“We've been together 38 years. Our kids are our everything and our grandbabies were our everything,” Rzucek said.