On Aug. Sony Pictures Television is producing the film for Lifetime. He first strangled Shanann, then, with her body in the back of his truck, he drove to a remote oil work site with his sleeping daughters — Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 — in the backseat.
Before burying Shanann in a shallow grave, Watts said he smothered Celeste in the backseat, right next to Bella. He then stashed her body in another oil tank. Tkinter box the time of the murders, Watts was having an affair with a co-worker, Nichol Kessinger.
Kessinger cooperated with police and said she thought Watts was separated while they were dating. As the case headed for trial, Chris, now 34, pleaded guilty to all three killings. He is currently serving five life sentences without the possibility of parole. The Chris Watts Story is set to premiere in The network will air a PSA to stop violence again women following the movie, providing resources and information.
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Close Share options. All rights reserved. Close View image.Lifetime is sinking its teeth into even more ripped-from-the-headlines stories this winter, including tackling the story of Chris Watts and the murder of his family with Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer. Here's how Lifetime describes the new movie: "When Chris Watts tearfully pleaded to television cameras for the safe return of his missing pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters, dark secrets loomed just beneath the surface.
As the story spread, hearts went out to the distraught father and husband, who appeared to lead a charmed life.
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But days later, after failing a lie detector test, Chris confessed to brutally murdering his family and slowly revealed the horrific details of their deaths. Friends and family were left reeling, looking for answers as his double life and secret affair came to light. True Crime on Film. In the new Lifetime movie, premiering Saturday, Jan. Sean Kleier plays Chris Watts in the new movie. Chris Watts confessed to the murders of his family in November As part of Lifetime's Stop Violence Against Women campaign, the movie will include a PSA with information on domestic abuse, crisis help lines and other resources.
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Now Playing.The murders of pregnant mother of two Shanann Watts and her daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, sent shockwaves cross the country in The crimes were heartbreaking and senseless — and their horror was only compounded by the fact that Shanann's husband and the girls' father, Chris Watts, had confessed to committing them. Now, Lifetime has created a feature film and a new documentary about the case, which are set to air back-to-back on the network this Saturday starting at 8 p.
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But when Nickole tried to get in touch with Shanann just a few hours later, she couldn't get ahold of her — and after Shanann missed an ob-gyn appointmentshe grew worried.
Nickole decided to call Shanann's husband, Chris, at work. She also called the police. The police conducted an investigation of the Watts home that afternoon, and even though they found no signs of foul play, they did find Shanann's car and all of her personal belongings. In the days that followed, Chris's story changed drastically. He initially told police that he had no idea where Shanann, Bella, and Celeste might be, and he began giving media appearances appealing to the community for help in finding his missing family.
Meanwhile, investigators from the local police department, the CBI, and the FBI had been going through Chris's phone recordswhich showed that he had been having an affair with one of his coworkers from Anadarko Petroleum. Then, on August 15 two days after his wife and daughters' disappearances Chris failed a polygraph test — and that's when everything changed.
That afternoon, Chris vowed to tell police the truth if he could talk to his father first. Investigators took a gamble and allowed him to do so, and it worked: Chris confessed to his father that he had killed his wife.
Not long after, investigators found Shanann, Bella, and Celeste's bodies exactly where Chris said they were: at an Anadarko Petroleum site, with Shanann's body in a shallow grave and the two girls' bodies in oil tanks. And so, on August 21,Chris was charged with his family's murders.
In his initial confessionChris said that he had strangled Shanann in a "fit of rage" after watching her smother their two daughters, Bella and Celeste. She was upset, he said, because he had tried to talk to her about separating and ending their marriage, and she had retaliated by killing the girls. After murdering Shanann, he took the three bodies to the oil site and buried them, he said.
Come November, however, Chris's story had changed again. This time, he confessed to killing his wife and daughters and pleaded guilty to all nine counts against him : five counts of first-degree murder including two additional counts for his daughters because they were children under 12one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
Ultimately, he was sentenced to five life sentences three consecutive and two concurrent for the murders, plus a total of 84 more years for the other crimes. Although Chris had pleaded guilty to all three murders, he hadn't yet told the real story of what happened on the morning of August 13, But in a five-hour follow-up interview with investigators from prison, Chris revealed the truth: After fighting with Shanann that morning about his wish to separate, Chris strangled her to death.
While he was trying to bring his wife's body downstairs, he said, Bella and Celeste woke up and came to ask him what was going on.One of the most shocking and horrific murder cases in recent years is getting a Lifetime movie.
Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer is based on the true story of how Chris Watts murdered his pregnant wife, Shan'annand two daughters, Celeste and Bella, in August Although it is a fictionalized account of the crime, People magazine reports that it's based on the facts of the case and taped confessions with Chris.
As we previosuly reported, the synopsis for the movie hints at how chilling it will be to watch. The official description is as follows:.
As the story spread, hearts went out to the distraught father and husband, who appeared to lead a charmed life.
But days later, after failing a lie detector test, Chris confessed to brutally murdering his family and slowly revealed the horrific details of their deaths. Friends and family were left reeling, looking for answers as his double life and secret affair came to light. Ahead of the movie's January premiere, here's everything we need to know about Chris Watts and his crimes.
Shan'ann accepted a friend request from Chris on Facebook after a mutual friend suggested that he would be someone good for Shan'ann to meet. They eventually met in person, dated, married, and had two kids together over the course of their eight-year relationship.
Shan'ann was expecting a baby boy when she was killed. Time magazine reported in August that Colorado police gave an "endangered missing" alert for Shan'ann and her two daughters after they disappeared out of the blue. They were last seen on Monday, August Chris seemed like any other concerned husband and father after his family went missing. Last night was traumatic.
Last night was -- I can't really stay in this house again with nobody here. When questioned by investigators, Chris eventually broke down and admitted to strangling Shan'ann. That turned out not to be true, and Chris later admitted to killing all three of them. Shan'ann's body was later found in a shallow grave and his daughters' bodies in oil drums. He claimed that his 4-year-old daughter, Bella.
Distressed, she allegedly asked her father, "What's wrong with mommy? He drove them to where he planned to dispose of the body and then suffocated his daughter Celeste, who was called CeCe.
Chris claimed that Bella had seen what happened to her sister and asked, "Is the same thing gonna happen to me as CeCe? When she said, 'Daddy, no. He claimed that she told him, "You're never going to see the kids," and that's when he snapped and killed her. He never fully explained why he also killed his daughters. Evidence came to light during the investigation that revealed Chris had been having an affair with a woman named Nicole Kessinger.
The two met through work and had been seeing each other for about two months when Chris committed the murders. Nicole claimed that she'd thought Chris was already going through a divorce when they'd met, and Nicole allegedly didn't know his wife was actually pregnant. After Shan'ann went missing, Nicole eventually went to police with what information she had to help with the investigation.
Chris had already been arrested at the time and was awaiting his trial, although People magazine reported that he was allegedly "aware" that the funerals were taking place. An unnamed source claimed that Chris deliberately stayed away from any input on the memorial. Chris didn't go to trial with his case. Instead, a few months after the killings, he pleaded guilty to all nine of the charges against him.
As part of his deal, he avoided the death penalty. District Attorney Michael Rourke said that Shan'ann's family consented to the terms of plea deal and felt relieved that this part of their nightmare was over.On Aug. The movie will premiere on Lifetime on Jan.
Sony Pictures Television is producing the film for Lifetime. He first strangled Shanann, then, with her body in the back of his truck, he drove to a remote oil work site with his sleeping daughters — Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 — in the backseat. Before burying Shanann in a shallow grave, Watts said he smothered Celeste in the backseat, right next to Bella. He then stashed her body in another oil tank.
At the time of the murders, Watts was having an affair with a co-worker, Nichol Kessinger. Kessinger cooperated with police and said she thought Watts was separated while they were dating. As the case headed for trial, Chris, now 34, pleaded guilty to all three killings. He is currently serving five life sentences without the possibility of parole. Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer will premiere on Jan.
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The Watts family. Close Share options. All rights reserved. Close View image.On Aug. Watts had recently been having an affair with co-worker Nichol Kessinger, who is not believed to have had anything to do with the crime.
He is currently serving five life sentences without the possibility of parole at Dodge Correctional Institution in Wisconsin. The Watts family murders sparked widespread media attention as people sought to make sense of this horrific crime.
Not everyone was happy about the renewed attention to the case. They held a press conference in mid-Jan. The Watts family has spoken out in the past about being victimized, harassed, and bullied online. They were concerned that the renewed attention from the Lifetime movie would exacerbate these ongoing issues. Lambert told ABC Denver 7 that the Watts family murders had unfortunately sparked so much attention that the constant media frenzy could spread misinformation.
Finally, after he was sentenced, Watts claimed he had committed the murders in anger after his wife found out about his affair and threatened to keep his children from him. Law enforcement officials still believe Watts is lying about all three versions of events. This, it seems, was exactly what the Watts family feared in terms of possible inaccuracies in the Lifetime movie. Laura Dorwart More Articles January 28, Don't have an account yet?
Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. But the latest Lifetime opus, scheduled to debut at 6 p.
In essence, the movie provides an excuse for his sociopathic behavior while placing much of the responsibility for spurring the killings on the wife he strangled to death — as if she and her children would still be alive today had she simply chosen to peddle something else. The folks assembled to spin this sordid web know the territory. But while the narrative doesn't quite transform Watts into a sympathetic character, scene after scene implies that his personality was changed by chemical means — a theory he floated in an apparent attempt to lessen his punishment.
He was introduced to the regimen through Shanann, who worked as a promoter and advertiser for the marketing company Le-Vel, which makes the product. She can be seen in online videos and posts raving about it in an effort to recruit new users. Watts insisted that he only used Thrive to support Shanann, and claimed the patch, in particular, caused his heart to race and interrupted his rest patterns.Chris watts documentary (FULL MOVIE)
According to him, "I don't think I was probably sleeping more than three hours a night. Clearly, prosecutors didn't buy the idea that Watts turned evil because of Thrive, and he wound up pleading guilty to the slayings, for which he was given five consecutive life sentences. The movie opens with gauzy images of the kids playing over audio from a Denver7 report about Shanann's disappearance as delivered by Tom Mustin and Theresa Marchetta, now a spokesperson for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Later TV news clips are fictionalized. Next, we see Chris in an interrogation room talking to Tammy Lee about his willingness to submit to a lie detector test. In a conversation with a co-worker, he talks about Strive and insists that it makes him feel great. These comments are followed by the first appearance of a montage used multiple times over the course of the tale; Watts empties pills from a Strive bottle into his hand, gulps them down and slaps a patch on his upper arm.
Shortly thereafter, Shanann is shown recording a cell phone video about how much she loves selling this merch and announces that she'll soon be headed to North Carolina to "get my Strive on.
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A couple of better-times sequences later in one, Chris and Shanann are having sex when they're interrupted by one of the girls, who wants to know what rhymes with "helicopter"Shanann heads east on her business trip with the kids in tow.
But again, much of the dialogue revolves around Strive. After Nichol notices his patch, Chris says, "It's like vitamins and minerals — helps your body get fit," prompting her to coo about how the stuff is clearly working.
From there, director Nankin intercuts questions from the interrogation sessions with snippets that lay the groundwork for the Chris-Nichol affair; when she wonders about his living arrangements with Shanann, from whom he says he's separated, he asks, "Hey, would I lie to you?
Also screened are more promotional videos, including one in which Shanann talks about how Strive helped her get "my happy back" after being diagnosed with lupus, as well as further indications that the supplement is having a very different effect on Chris — such as images of him pumping iron like a madman while heavy metal roars in the background.
Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls. The middle portion of the plot is dominated by Chris and Nichol getting sweaty while Shanann, who's staying with the kids at her parents' home, grows increasingly suspicious that something has gone awry in their relationship. But Strive continues to be a major theme. On one occasion, she wears a top pimping the pills and patch — and during a trip to the beach with Chris, who comes to visit, they're both clad in such T-shirts.
Meanwhile, back in the interrogation room, Chris fails his polygraph, prompting him to admit to CBI agent Lee that he'd been cheating on Shanann, whose return to Colorado is followed swiftly by the supposed disappearance of her and the children. Simulated body-cam footage of the cops arriving at the family's home precedes more prevarications from Chris prior to him belatedly coming clean and describing what happened after Shanann and the girls came home. All rights reserved.
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