On Thursday, a newly released video footage captured Chris Watts inside a police interrogation room explaining to his father Ronnie that he had killed his pregnant wife Shanann.

It has been revealed that the video was originally captured on August 15, which is the day that Watts was arrested for murdering his 34-year-old wife and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.


“She hurt them,” Watts said in the video. “And then I freaked out and hurt her.” “Oh my God,” his father responded, dropping his head into his hands. 

On August 13, the couples two daughters, Bella and Celeste were reported missing. After denying his involvement with the disappearance of their children for days, on August 15, Watts confessed to his father and later to the police that he had killed his wife out of “rage” because he claimed to have seen her strangling one of their daughters and smothering them to death after he had asked her for a separation.


Prosecutors thought otherwise and Watts was sentenced to five life sentences with no possibility of parole after pleading guilty to the three murders.

Shanann’s parents, Frank and Sandra Rzucek, are currently suing Watts for the wrongful death of their daughter, their grandchildren, and their unborn grandson. Shanann had been 15 weeks pregnant at the time of her death. 

The lawsuit alleges that Watts lied and misled investigators, detectives, and the media following the days after the murders. In connection to the hours of interrogation footage before Watts confessed to his father and the detectives, the footage shows him repeatedly denying knowing anything about his family’s disappearance. When in fact, Watts had suffocated Bella and Celeste and placed them in oil tanks on a work site and strangled Shanann with his bare hands and buried her in a grave away from the oil tanks. 

At the time of the murders, Watts was alleged to have been having an affair with Nichol Kessinger, a woman he met through work. Before Watts was arrested, prosecutors found that his want for a “fresh start” with Kessinger could’ve been his motive for killing his wife and smothering their daughters.

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