Shanann's family shocked on learning how Chris Watts murdered his family: 'It's worse than we thought'
In an interview that will air on Monday, Shanann's parents and brothers reacted to Chris Watts' confession, and said it was worse than they could ever have imagined.
People around the world expressed their horror and disgust after audio footage of Chris Watts’ jailhouse confession was released this week. However, among those listening to the murderer were his in-laws, who couldn't believe their ears when they heard the graphic and detailed account of how he killed his pregnant wife, their daughter.
Shanann's parents Sandra and Frank Rzucek and her brother, Frankie, sat down with Dr. Phil in a television interview that is due to air on Monday and reacted to the disturbing tape, Daily Mail reports.
“It’s worse than we ever thought,” Frankie said, according to the outlet. “We thought we’d heard the worst already, we had no idea it was worse than this.”
There have been times since the August 2018 crime that Sandra has felt like "giving up", she said. “Those were my grandchildren. I loved them. They were mine. I cry all the time,” she grimaced. “If it wasn’t for God I wouldn’t be here.”
While Watts sits in prison serving three life sentences for the murder of his wife Shanann Watts, 34, and daughters Bella, four, and CeCe, three, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation has released a prison interview this week recorded on February 18. This is the first time the 33-year-old killer has confessed to the crime.
In his confession, Chris recalled in detail how his wife had returned from a work trip at 2 am 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 that he hasn't spoken to any of his family members since he was sentenced which could explain why his father believes that he is innocent. After he strangled his wife to death, which Watts says took less than four minutes, his older daughter Bella walked into the room and was told by Watts that Shanann was asleep.
Watts then proceeded to transport her lifeless body to an oil field that belonged to his employer and buried her. At the time, their two children were still alive in the car. However, Watts then smothered his two children with a blanket and disposed of their bodies in oil tanks present at the site.
While speaking to investigators, Watts 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.
Watts says in the recording that he did not have any master plan and still can't figure out how he acted normal around other people in August last year. He also said that he didn't even think about an alibi at any point after the murders. He said: "I had no time to really have a thought that was my own."