Shanann Watts' parents reveal that Chris Watts was 'cold as ice' in the weeks before the murders: 'It was evil at work'
Even though they believed Shanann was in a happy marriage with Chris Watts, she told her parents that there was something that changed in their relationship just before the murders
In an interview that Sandra and Frank Rzucek, Shanann Watts' parents, had with ABC's 20/20, they called the murders of their pregnant daughter and two granddaughters "evil at work". Even though they believed that Shanann was in a happy marriage with Chris Watts, she told her parents that there was something that changed in their relationship just before the tragic murders took place.
Sandra said in the interview: "She just couldn't understand why he was so cold. Just as cold as ice and not responding and replying." The concerned mother then said that her daughter was thinking of giving her husband some "space". Sandra said on the show, "Little did we know".
Parents of slain daughter on changes in Chris Watts' behavior: "Just cold as ice." Sandra and Frank Rzucek, parents of Shanann Watts who was killed by her husband Chris in August, spoke exclusively with @ARobach for tonight's #ABC2020. https://t.co/1MXE1kcrc6 pic.twitter.com/cwZAZb9I7M— 20/20 (@ABC2020) December 7, 2018
The couple saw Shanann last when she spent six weeks with them in North Carolina over the summer with her two daughters, Bella and Celeste.
When Shanann was away from the family home in Frederick, Colorado, Watts had multiple affairs with women, and when she went back to their home, the situation got much worse.
Text messages that were exchanged between Shanann and a friend of hers before she died showed how much the relationship had deteriorated. The pregnant mother wrote in one text: "Chris told me last night he's scared to death about this third baby. And he's happy with just Bella and Celeste and doesn't want another baby."
Why would an outwardly loving spouse & father murder his pregnant wife & kids? @ARobach reports for Friday's #ABC2020 on the shocking case of Shanann Watts, including the first interview with her parents, who open up about their daughter and granddaughters https://t.co/1MXE1kcrc6 pic.twitter.com/Ojfe5VOIqP— 20/20 (@ABC2020) December 6, 2018
Inside Edition spoke to Amy Robach, the 20/20 co-anchor who interviewed Sandra and Frank about their deceased daughter.
Robach said: "It looked like the perfect family and Shanann's parents tell me it was the perfect family. It was just something in the last two months that made him snap."
She added: "Was it an affair? Something else? Shanann's parents say it was 'evil at work', there's no other way to explain it. What makes this story so fascinating is that Chris Watts had no warning signs. No one... thought him capable of any kind of violence."
Watts has since been sentenced to life behind bars with no possibility of parole for the murders of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste on November 19 after he pleaded guilty to avoid capital punishment.