Netflix American Murder: The Family Next Door isn’t the first documentary about the 2018 murder of Shanann Watts and her two children, or Chris Watts’ confession to the three murders. Oxygen Network aired late last year Chris Watts: Confession not toldand shortly before another documentary, Capture Chris Watts, appeared on the REELZChannel.
What makes the Netflix version of the Watts murders stand out is that all of the documentary contains only primary source video – captured from police cameras, interrogation material, judicial material, social media pages, and text. Since many of these documents are already public knowledge, viewers may wonder what the purpose of another documentary about the murders actually serves. (Netflix̵
In general, the format of the documentary allows viewers to partake in the investigation and undoubtedly arrive at their own conclusions about the case, a gross candor that entertains, in part, online allegations that Shanann Watts murdered their children and covered Chris for them. We will end any discourse here and remind readers that the law makes Chris Watts guilty of all three murders, a conviction obtained through evidence and his own confession.
But as with most real crime documentary work, American murder leaves the question of why. Why did Chris Watts murder his wife and two children? And why should the public believe that the murders were a crime of passion, not intent?
There is currently insufficient research or evidence to answer these questions. Here’s what we know about Chris Watts’ current situation.
Where is Chris Watts now?
On MondayOn November 19, 2018, Chris Watts was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole. Watts had signed a plea agreement to avoid the death penalty. He was convicted of three cases of first degree murder, one for his wife Shannan and one for each of his daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts was also convicted of illegally terminating a pregnancy and manipulating a deceased human body.
In December, Watts was relocated to the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin, for security reasons, the Colorado Department of Corrections reported.
He is currently serving his life sentence in the maximum security prison. He is 35 years old.
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