The documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door, directed by British filmmaker Jenny Popplewell, premiered on Netflix on Wednesday September 30. This documentary is currently number one on Netflix Canada.
This documentary goes though the disappearance of pregnant Shanann Watts, 34, and her two children, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, who went missing on August 13, 2018 in Frederick, Colorado.
The documentary takes a dramatic narrative of showing old footage off Shannan’s Facebook, documenting her struggle with lupus along with her love for her family. It also has text messages between Shannan and Christopher, her husband, and texts with her friends discussing the relationship between Chris and herself. Police body camera footage is also shown along with emotional interviews with family and friends on the day of her disappearance and throughout the days leading up to finding the bodies.
Christopher was having an affair on Shannan which lead to having a disconnect in their relationship. He wanted to leave and start a new family with his mistress, Nichol Kessinger. In an emotional conversation, Christopher told Shannan he was not in love with her anymore. This lead Christopher horrible way of ending his wife’s life.
Nearing the end, Christopher Watts, fails a polygraph test and after talking with his father, Ronnie, Watt’s pleads guilty to the police for the murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters. It is then disclosed that he disposed them in an oil field at one of his job sites. Shannan was buried and the children were put in an oil tank twenty feet down. Christopher’s confession was absolutely shocking, leaving viewers horrified and disturbed.
In November 2018, Christopher Watts was sentenced to three life in prison sentences without a chance of ever getting out. He is being held at Dodge Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison that’s in Waupun, Wisconsin according to People.