Chris Watts is currently serving multiple life sentences at a prison in Wisconsin
Convicted murderer Chris Watts reveals in a newly released confession that whenever he closes his eyes, he hears his oldest daughter’s final words begging him not to kill her.
“Daddy, no!,” Bella Watts, 4, screamed as her father moved in to smother her with the same blanket he’d used to kill her sister Celeste, 3, moments before.
“I hear it every day, when Bella was talking to me,” Watts told police. “When she said, ‘Daddy, no!'”
Watts, who was transferred to a prison in Wisconsin, spoke for hours on Feb. 18 with authorities from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The confessed triple-killer is serving multiple life sentences after pleading guilty last November to the Aug. 13, 2018, murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann, 34, and the couple’s two daughters.
Watts agreed to discuss the details of the murders after reportedly finding religion.
Watts, 33, said during his confession he and Shanann had sex after she returned from a business trip to Arizona. Hours later, on Aug. 13, 2018, he jumped on Shanann, who was on her back in their bed, after a fight in which he told her he didn’t love her, and she threatened him with leaving him and taking the children.
During his confession, Watts said he believed Shanann began praying as he started strangling her, and that she did not try to fight off the fatal attack.
He also told police he has pictures of his family in his prison cell, and reads to the photos of his children daily.
According to the confession, Watts drove 45 minutes to a remote oil field, with Shanann’s corpse in the bed of the truck and his still-living girls in the backseat.
Each of the girls had their own blanket, he said, and Celeste brought a stuffed animal — a barking dog — along for the trip.
“During the ride, the girls were dozing on and off, held each other, and laid in each other’s laps,” reads the CBI report on last month’s confessional.
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Watts told detectives he wasn’t thinking clearly during the drive.
“If I was thinking, this wouldn’t have happened, or any partial hint of what I feel for those girls and what I feel for my wife, then none of this would have happened. So I wasn’t thinking.”
Before burying Shanann in a shallow grave, Watts said he smothered Celeste, who went by CeCe, in the backseat, inches from Bella. After dumping Celeste’s body in an old field, he returned to kill Bella, who “asked him in her soft voice, ‘Is the same thing gonna happen to me as Cece?'” reads the report.
“He is not sure if he told Bella ‘yes’ like a horrible person,” the report states.