Chilling account of Chris Watts’ arrest over murders of wife and daughters

Chris Watts wasn’t upset and "looked like he couldn’t be bothered" when he was arrested over the murders of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, it is claimed.

The 33-year-old dad is accused of killing his wife Shanann and girls Bella, four, and Celeste, three, at their Colorado home earlier this month.

He went on TV pleading for their safe return before their bodies were found, and then claimed to police that he had caught his wife strangling the children.

But detectives rejected his story and arrested him – and it is now claimed that he "showed no emotion" as he had his fingerprints taken, posed for a mugshot and was put in lockup.

People magazine has said it spoke to someone who is close to the investigation into the shocking triple murder and was present when Watts was processed following his August 15 arrest.

The unnamed source gave a chilling account, saying Watts “showed no emotion the entire time".

The source added: “He looked like he couldn’t be bothered by the whole thing."

After police learned that Mrs Watts, 34, and the girls were missing, her husband went on a local TV station on August 14 pleading for their safe return.



He was arrested on suspicion of murder the following day.

Neighbours claim his behaviour was strange amid the search for the mum and daughters.

Terry Witt told People: “He didn’t seem upset at all."

After reviewing the TV interview, one expert claimed Watts was showing all the traits of a psychopath, including being overtly winsome and charming.


Kim Gorgens, a clinical professor of professional psychology at the University of Denver, told Fox 31: "It’s not a personality characteristic that you can pick out of a lineup.

"It’s not like someone wears a sign that says you can’t trust. In fact, it’s the opposite of that."

Police have said Mrs Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant with a boy, was murdered after she returned to the family’s home in Frederick, Colorado, in the early hours of August 13 following a business trip to Arizona.

Detectives believe the girls may have been killed before their mum came home.

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Officers went to the home on August 13 after Mrs Watts, who worked in sales for the nutritional company Le-Vel, didn’t answer a friend’s text messages or calls, and failed to show up for a doctor’s appointment.

Police went to the house, but they didn’t notice any obvious signs of foul play and left.

But detectives dug deeper into the disappearance and Watts quickly became their prime suspect.

CCTV from a neighbour’s home showed him backing his truck into his garage at 5.27am on the day his wife vanished, and then driving away.

Police also learned that he was having an affair with a colleague.

Hours before the arrest, officers had begun looking for the bodies of the mum and girls at the oil worksite where Watts was employed as an operator.

He was arrested late at night on August 15, and the bodies were found on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp the following day.

The girls were found in oil barrels and Mrs Watts was found in a shallow grave.

According to an affidavit, Watts claimed he woke up after his wife returned home on August 13 and told her that he was cheating on her and he wanted to separate.

He claimed to police that his wife then strangled their two daughters in revenge, and he strangled her "in a rage" after catching her in the act.

Watts has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and a number of other felonies, including unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the first-degree.

He could face the death penalty if he is found guilty. His next court appearance is scheduled for November 19.

A funeral for Mrs Watts and her daughters is being held in North Carolina, the state where she was from, on Saturday.

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