Shanann Watts' best friend was the unwitting hero in preventing Chris Watts from getting away with the triple murders
Watts wasn't able to get rid of his murdered wife's personal effects, like her phone and wallet, which she would have definitely taken along if she had gone to her friend's place
Nickole Atkinson called authorities the moment her best friend, pregnant mother Shanann Watts, failed to show up for her doctor's appointment. In newly released bodycam footage, the woman tells the police officers: "I can't get a hold of her. I've called. I've texted." It was because of the quick action that Atkinson took on that day that the police were able to preserve some valuable evidence and stop Chris Watts, Shanann's murderous husband, from getting away with the horrible crimes.
Authorities were already waiting for the now-convicted triple murderer Watts when he returned home after disposing the bodies, reported Inside Edition. The recently released video shows him telling the police officer that Shanann has told him she was going to stay over at a friend's place.
Unfortunately for Watts, he wasn't able to get rid of his murdered wife's personal effects, like her phone and wallet, which she would have definitely taken with her if she had gone to her friend's place to stay. Atkinson also told ABC News that she suspected Watts was behind the disappearance of his pregnant wife and two young daughters from the beginning.
She recalled: "He said to me, 'I just feel like crying.' I said, 'Well, why don't you then?'" The police were also very suspicious of Watts who was arrested and charged with the murders of his family only hours after he appeared on TV begging for their safe return.
Chris Watts was booked into jail early Thursday morning after confessing to murdering his pregnant wife and two daughters, according to two law enforcement sources. On Tuesday, he told #Denver7 he didn’t know where they were.— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) August 16, 2018
See his full interview here: https://t.co/9Nt1601sor pic.twitter.com/07a6e0NiWj
Watts told Denver7 in an interview: "If you’re out there, just come back. If somebody has her, just please bring her back. I need to see everybody. I need to see everybody again. This house is not complete without anybody here."
On November 19, Watts was sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole to the murder charges that he faced. The prosecutors had approached the convict with a plea deal and he took it in order to avoid capital punishment.