Chris Watts has continued to be a nefarious figure ever since his triple-murder case made headlines, inspiring the Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door. Find out where the convicted killer is today after he pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two young daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3

Where Is Chris Watts Now?

Watts is currently in custody at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin, after being relocated from a Colorado prison for security reasons. In March 2021, the Daily Mail reported that Nichol Kessinger, the mistress Watts murdered his family to be with, was back in touch with him, three years after changing her identity and disappearing. 

“He told me she said that she needed to speak to him to clear some things up,” fellow inmate David Carter divulged to the outlet. “He wouldn’t tell me exactly what she had said.”

Why Did Chris Watts Murder His Own Family?

Back in 2019, Watts told author Cherlyn Cadle, “If I had not met Nikki, I would never have killed my family.”

In fact, he was so enamored with Nichol, he even allegedly tried to cause Shanann to miscarry their son Nico, giving her the powerful painkiller Oxycodone, after Nichol told Watts she wanted to “give him his first son.”

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“He was mesmerized by her. She showed him respect that he didn’t feel like he’d ever been shown before,” Cadle, who penned her explosive book, Letters from Christopher, told DailyMailTV.

“Christopher says he loved her like he has never loved anyone else before,” Cadle continued. “At the same time, he loves Shanann although he knows that she was not his soulmate and not the person he was supposed to be with.”

What Was Chris Watts’ Sentence?

Watts received five life sentences in November 2018 for murdering his expectant spouse and their toddlers in August 2018.

The former Colorado resident pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. His plea deal allowed him to avoid the death penalty. Shanann’s remains were discovered in a grave, and the bodies of their daughters were found in oil tanks at a company he previously worked for. 

Watts’ late wife was 15 weeks along in her pregnancy when she died.


What Info Does the Documentary Share?

The September 2020 trailer for the Netflix show featured recordings from law enforcement, shocking text messages and videos from their seemingly idyllic home life. 

“I just want you to know a little bit of my story,” Shanann said in a heart-wrenching throwback video. “I went through one of the darkest times of my life and then I met Chris and he’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

Watts and Shanann were messaging each other about dinner plans before the triple-murder, the documentary revealed. “What kind of vegetables do you want with dinner tonight?” she wrote him that fateful day. “Broccoli works,” he responded. “Green beans work, too.”

Shanann even shared her excitement about them welcoming a baby boy prior to her murder, telling Watts she missed and loved him “so much.”

American Murder: The Family Next Door premiered on September 30, 2020.

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