The Colorado man who allegedly killed his pregnant wife and two young daughters has only just discovered that his case has become an international media sensation.
Sources close to Chris Watts, who is currently on suicide watch at the Weld County Jail, said he has become ‘frustrated’ with the coverage surrounding him.
The lurid details of Watts’ case immediately made him headline news, with the pregnancy and an alleged affair bringing to mind the famous Scott Peterson case.
It was quickly revealed that Watts, 33, was reportedly having an affair with a co-worker when he allegedly killed wife Shanann, 34, and daughters Bella, four, and three-year-old Celeste.
‘He’s very frustrated,’ one source told People. ‘He didn’t know that everyone knows about this case.’
Chris Watts, who allegedly murdered his wife and two daughters, is reportedly ‘frustrated’ that his case has become an international media sensation
It was quickly revealed that Watts, 33, was reportedly having an affair with a co-worker when he allegedly killed wife Shanann, 34, and daughters Bella, four, and three-year-old Celeste
Watts has remained mostly isolated from the outside world since he was arrested on August 15 and charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
The prisoner currently spends 23 hours a day in his cell, barred from any television or reading material.
Watts is only given one hour a day to spend in the common room, where he can read a communal newspaper.
While Watts knew his case was big in his own Colorado town, he only recently learned from guards and fellow prisoners how much it had blown up around the world.
‘He feels like no one understands him, and nobody knows what happened,’ the source told People.
Watts has remained mostly isolated from the outside world since he was arrested on August 15 and charged with three counts of first-degree murder
‘He thinks if they did understand, they’d realize that he’s not the monster everyone says he is.’
Watts has claimed to police that he only strangled Shanann after watching her kill their daughters when he told her he wanted a divorce.
The father-of-two reportedly confessed to police after having a heart-to-heart with his father, it was also revealed last week.
Watts had changed his story multiple times after Shanann and their daughters disappeared on August 13, two days before his arrest.
He originally denied knowing where his family was, telling authorities he and his wife were involved in a ‘civil’ and ’emotional’ conversation before she disappeared.
However, when confronted with evidence that he was having an affair, Watts reportedly told officers he ‘would tell the truth after speaking with his dad’.
After the pair spoke, he confessed to killing Shanann but still insisted she killed the pair’s children.
Watts has claimed to police that he only strangled Shanann after watching her kill their daughters when he told her he wanted a divorce
Watts said that after he told his wife he wanted to separate, he watched as she strangled Celeste while Bella was ‘blue’, her lifeless body in a bed nearby.
He then allegedly buried Shanann in a shallow grave 35 miles from their home and dumped his two daughters into a tank filled with crude oil.
‘The theory that Shanann did it doesn’t hold any water,’ one source close to the investigation told People.
‘There is absolutely no evidence that Shanann killed her children.’
Meanwhile, a judge has denied Watts’ request to keep the names of his jail visitors under seal.
On Monday the court denied Watts’ request barring the prosecution and members of the public from learning who was visiting him in jail.
On Monday the court denied Watts’ request asking that the prosecution and members of the public not be allowed to learn who was seeing him in jail
Watts is also currently objecting to demands from the prosecution to turn over prints from his hands and feet.
He is arguing that the prosecution has not stated why they need the prints and thus he cannot make out the ‘government’s need’ for such evidence.
The prosecution, meanwhile, is doing all it can to keep the autopsy reports under seal.
‘Shanann Watts, Bella Watt,s and Celeste Watts were murdered and their bodies moved from the initial crime scene,’ wrote the prosecution in a motion submitted last week.
‘There is a great deal of interest surrounding this case and at this time, the cause of the deaths has not been made public. Consequently, the observations and findings contained in the coroner’s autopsy report will be critical evidence at trial.’
The judge is expected to rule on that motion, as well as the requests for Watts’ prints, this week.