Convict Chris Watts is serving life in prison after admitting to the killings of his wife and two young daughters.
The brand new REELZ documentary, Capturing Chris Watts, exposes the troubling details of this triple murder. Showing scenes from the investigation, it reveals Chris’ downward spiral: why he did it, how it happened, and how he finally confessed.
It all started just hours after his wife, Shan’ann, and kids — Bella and Celeste — were reported missing. Chris, 34, went on several live interviews to voice his supposed grief over their disappearance. On camera he shed tears, playing the part of the loving dad and doting husband, before eventually breaking down when confronted with police evidence.
After officials found footage of Chris placing his family members’ bodies onto his truck, he was questioned by investigators and eventually confessed to the murders.
He said that on August 13, 2018, he woke up angry, and killed a pregnant Shan’ann, 34 — who was carrying their not-yet-born son, Nico. She didn’t fight back, and he buried her body in a shallow grave. He then admitted to driving his daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, to an oil field where he worked. Shortly after they arrived, Chris killed them in the car and left their bodies in the oil tanks.
On November 6, 2018, Chris pled guilty to five counts of first-degree murder as part of a plea deal when the death penalty was removed from sentencing. He was given five life sentences without the possibility of parole, three to be served consecutively and two to be served concurrently.
The REELZ documentary includes more than 200 hours of never-before-seen police bodycam footage and surveillance footage from security cameras around the Watts’s Colorado home. It also reveals clips from Chris’ interviews, his confessions, and a failed lie detector test he took before his sentencing.
Capturing Chris Watts airs Sunday September 15th at 8 ET / PT on REELZ.