Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Chris Watts' In-Laws Speak Out After Their Daughter's Tragic Murder

Chris Watts and his wife Shanann Chris Watts and his wife Shanann
Jeannette Daniel | 08 December, 2018, 11:58

"She just couldn't understand why he was so cold", Shanann Watts's mother, Sandra Rzucek, told ABC News in a new episode of 20/20. Sandra and Frank Rzucek last saw their pregnant daughter when she spent six weeks visiting them in North Carolina.

Watts was sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife Shanann and their daughters 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, in their Frederick home on August 13. Court documents reveal that he was lying to both his wife and his mistress: telling his wife that nothing was wrong while she desperately tried to fix their marriage, all while telling his mistress that it was his wife who gave up on his marriage.

"You just don't sleep very good with lupus", Sandra Rzcuek said.

Chris initially pleaded for his family's return and denied any involvement in their disappearance.

Once Shannan and the kids arrived home, Shanann's friend Addy told "20/20" that Shannann had texted her to say that Chris "had changed" and told her he didn't "want another baby".

Frank Rzucek the father of Shanann Watts left and her brother Frankie Rzucek are in court for Christopher Watts arraignment hearing
Frank Rzucek the father of Shanann Watts left and her brother Frankie Rzucek are in court for Christopher Watts arraignment hearing

But prosecutors said Watts strangled his wife for at least two minutes, not in an uncontrollable rage.

Watts, authorities said, was having an affair.

Her dad, Frank, added that Shan'ann had a vision board and wanted to make sure her children had everything they needed because being a mother was her dream. Watts seemingly killed them all to seek a "fresh start", District Attorney Michael Rourke said at his sentencing.

Watts received life in prison without the possibility of parole, which will run consecutively, for three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste.

The Department of Corrections did not confirm whether Watts was in its custody, but a "Chris Watts" with the same date of birth was listed on the the Wisconsin DOC commissary listing, though not at a specific institution.

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