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DA: Chris Watts' Disturbing Murder Details Likely True

In a prison interview, he said he killed his daughters at the oil field
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2019 6:23 AM CST
Updated Mar 8, 2019 6:45 AM CST
Chris Watts, who pleaded guilty in the deaths of his pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.   (Weld County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

(Newser) – The story of how Chris Watts killed his pregnant wife and two daughters, shared by Watts in a five-hour prison interview, isn't just incredibly disturbing—it's also pretty true. That from Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke, who shared his reaction to the interview, which Watts gave after he received a surprise Feb. 18 prison visit from the FBI, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and Frederick Police Department. The Fort Collins Coloradoan on Thursday quotes Rourke as saying he believed Watts provided a "truthful, credible account" of the murders, but that the full interview wasn't truthful, in that "I honestly don’t believe that this monster has the ability to have remorse at all." But Rourke did share an example of where Watts' statement synced with the evidence.

He cited footage from a neighbor's security camera that shows a shadow approaching him and his truck before he bends down and picks something up. It was probably either 4-year-old Bella or 3-year-old Celeste, who he said walked out to the truck and were killed at the oil field, not his home. CNN shares details from the interview related to the aftermath of the killings, specifically his failed polygraph and why he initially claimed he killed wife Shanann after seeing her smother their girls. He said the idea was suggested by police. "Honestly, I never even thought about the story until you guys mentioned it. I just went for it." He added that he thought his mother and sister would find the story believable because they weren't fans of Shanann. The AP adds that he told investigators he talks to photos of his wife and daughters he keeps in his cell "every morning and every night." (Read more Chris Watts stories.)

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