Chris Watts's mother said she thought Shanann was more capable of killing their daughters than Watts, who admitted to the crime.
Trigger warning: The story contains graphic details of the murder that some readers may find distressing.
"Family killer" Chris Watts murdered his pregnant wife and his kids mercilessly. However, despite his heinous crimes, his family is supportive of him and believes his "very hard relationship" was responsible for the crime.
Watts, who is from Colorado, killed his pregnant wife Shanann, and his daughters, Bella and Celeste in August 2018 after he wanted to start a new life with his lover. The cruel man, who pleaded guilty to the murders, was given five life sentences and placed in a maximum-security prison in Wisconsin.
However, his family stood by him instead of condemning his unforgivable actions. When Watts was handed his sentence in 2018, his mother Cindy stated, "I have always loved you and I still do. We love you and forgive you, son." His father Ronnie, too, supported his son. He said, "Chris, I forgive you and your sister forgives you and we will never abandon you," according to The Sun.
Though the evidence was against him and he admitted to the cold murders, his parents were unwilling to blame their son or hold him responsible. Instead, they tried to defend him on numerous occasions. "He’s not a sociopath. He’s not a psychopath," said his mother to Denver7.
Moreover, the mother blamed his wife for the tough marriage she put him through. "It was a very hard relationship. It was a very hard relationship (with Shanann) as far as I'm concerned. I couldn't do anything right," said Cindy to ABC11. Watt's parents even made it look like Shanann was the reason why their son changed. "He was normal, he didn't have a temper, he was just easy-going like his Dad. He's not a monster," said the mother.
During the interview, Cindy even said it was more likely for Shanann to have killed the babies. She said, "I would say she's more capable than Christopher," Cindy said.
"Christopher, I don't see him capable at all..." However, Watts admitted to him smothering both his daughters. His eldest daughter, Bella, even begged him to spare her life after seeing what he had done to her younger sister. "Please, daddy, do not do to me what you just did to Cece," said the 4-year-old in tears, according to Mirror Online.
His daughter Bella also witnessed her father wrapping her mother's body. She asked Watts to take her mother to the hospital but the man did not pay attention to her cries.
When the Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door that focused on his crime was released, Watts's father stated, "He has not been able to watch it [the documentary], he was never told about it or asked about it." He added, "He's taking it one day at a time, just like we are. We still love our son no matter what and we miss our grandbabies. We're trying to move forward but it's a very hard task," according to The Sun.
While Watts's family continued to stand by their son, Shanann's family condemned their statements. "Shanann Watts was a faithful wife, and the most gentle and loving mother in the world to her children Bella, Celeste, and Nico... Everyone who knew Shanann knows this to be true. Even Chris Watts knows this to be true. Yet Chris Watts still chose to murder Shanann, Bella, Celeste, and Nico. Chris Watts still chose to dump the bodies of his own family in oil tanks. And Chris Watts still chose to lie about it until he could lie no more. He pled (sic) guilty to murdering his family because he is guilty," they said, according to Denver7.
They continued, "...Their false statements, however hurtful and inaccurate, will never alter the truth about Shanann, and will never alter the truth about the crimes committed by their son, Chris Watts."