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Colorado man admits killing pregnant wife, 2 daughters

09 March 2019

The Colorado man who admitted to killing his pregnant wife and children said his wife may have been praying when he strangled her to death.

Christopher Watts made the statements during authorities' prison visit on February 18, three months after he was sentenced to life in prison.

Watts said he tried to carry Shanann's lifeless body down the stairs but lost his grip and had to pull her down the stairs.

Watts murdered his wife Shanann and their daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, in their Frederick home on August 13.

The investigation quickly honed in on Christopher Watts, and the bodies of the children were found days later in oil tanks on a worksite where he was employed, nearby the body of his wife in a shallow grave. He was moved to a Wisconsin prison in December.

Facebook Chris and Shanann Watts with their two daughters, Celeste and Bella.

The video confession was the first time Watts admitted that he killed his daughters and the first time he explained fully what happened and what might have motivated him.

He was reportedly having an affair with a women he met at work. Shanann was pregnant with the couple's third child, a boy.

Watts said Shanann put her hand on his leg and they had began to have sexual intercourse in the missionary position. That's when Watts said he went into a rage and "snapped", putting both hands around her neck and strangling her.

"I have this book I used to read for CeCe, and I remember that book, I read it to her every night", Watts reportedly told investigators. Watts is heard telling investigators in an audio recording of the interview.

In that interview, Watts told CBI agents he killed his daughters after making them ride in a truck with their mother's body to the oil site where he would ultimately dispose of all three bodies.

"It just felt like there was already something in my mind that was implanted that I was gonna do it and when I woke up that morning it was gonna happen and I had no control over it". Watts made the statements during a prison interview with detectives three months after he was sentenced to life in prison.

It continues: "He told Bella 'Mommy don't feel good.' Bella thought Shanann was sleeping".

Watts said Bella walked into the bedroom moments after he killed her mother.

"What are you doing to mommy?" his daughters had asked. He said he doesn't recall his reply, but told investigators, "CeCe was first", referring to his daughter Celeste by her nickname.

Chris Watts with his daughters, Bella and Celeste.

"Like, the whole - Everything that happened that morning I just don't - I don't know like. like, I try to go back in my head".

"Daddy, no!" were her final words before he smothered her too with a blanket, he said.

He said he threw the older girl's body into a separate oil tank before burying his wife's body.

Chris Watts speaks with investigators after being arrested for the murder of his wife and two children in police surveillance released, November 29, 2018.

When Watts was interrogated, he said he couldn't admit to himself what he had done, so he couldn't admit it to the police, the report said. "So I think it is the jailhouse religion". When the possibility that Shanann Watts might have killed the girls was mentioned, he said, he "just went with it". Irate, Watts jumped on top of her on their bed and straddled her. He said she accused him of having an affair, which he denied, and he eventually told her he wanted a divorce.

Watts initially told his father and investigators that he killed Shanann after the woman killed the two girls.

Colorado man admits killing pregnant wife, 2 daughters