In a disturbing jailhouse interview conducted by the FBI, the Frederick Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Chris, 33, relayed the moment he took his young daughters’ lives, and revealed the heartbreaking last words they said to him before taking their final breaths.
As he was strangling wife Shanann Watts to death inside their bedroom, Chris was interrupted by his eldest daughter, Bella, 4, who asked him ‘What’s wrong with Mommy?’
He told her that her mother was sick, and they needed to take her to the hospital.
“I took Shanaan off to the site,” recalled Chris, adding that he sat the girls in the backseat of his truck with their dog and threw their mother’s dead body in the trunk.
He had a tank of gasoline with him, but didn’t know what to do with it. At one point, he said he considered taking his own life.
“What happened after that?” asked one of the investigators.
“Cece was first. She had a blue blanket. I put the blanket over her head and I strangled her right there in the backseat,” Chris said of his 3-year-old daughter.
“Bella was sitting right there beside her. She didn’t say anything. Then I did the same for Bella with the blanket. I didn’t look. Every time I close my eyes I see her saying, ‘Daddy, no.’ And that was it. That’s what Bella said. I hear that every day,” added Chris.
From there, he stuffed his daughter’s dead bodies in an oil tank, and buried Shanann in a shallow grave nearby.
During the interview, Chris said he still can’t explain his actions and knows he does not deserve to live after what he did.
“I don’t really want to talk about this. Those were my kids those were my babies. Being a dad was the best part of my life. I took this all away. I don’t know how I could have done that. Like I said something else was controlling me that day,” he said.
After the murders, Chris’ mind cleared up, and he realized what he had done.
“When the prosecutor said that Bella bit her tongue repeatedly, I just wanted to bang my head against the wall,” he admitted.
Speaking of the moment he drove off with his daughters and a tank of gasoline, Chris said: “A family man doesn’t do what I did. I felt like I didn’t deserve to live. Whatever judgment was going to come up on myself, I just didn’t deserve to live. I had gasoline. I didn’t have a gun or anything like that. I have never had a weapon. Nothing was right that morning.”
Now, he wishes he could take everything back.
“I wanted all my life to be a dad, and nothing made sense,” he said.
Chris Watts is now serving three consecutive life sentences for his crimes.
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