Family killer Chris Watts reveals details of his murders in chilling letter

Chris Watts, who is serving multiple life sentences for the murders of his wife, their unborn son and their two young daughters,has written a grisly account of how he killed his whole family.

Watts, 33 strangled his wife, Shannan, and daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in August last year.

After describing how he prepared to dispose of his pregnant wife’s corpse, he recounts the horrifying moment that he murdered 4-year-old daughter Bella: “Out of all three, Bella is the only one that put up a fight.

"I will hear her soft little voice for the rest of my life, saying, ‘Daddy, NO!!! She knew what I was doing to her.

"She may not have understood death, but she knew I was killing her.”

After they were reported missing, Watts made an emotional televised appeal for their return, knowing he had buried Shannan and their unborn baby boy in a shallow grave and hidden the bodies of his two daughters in an oil tank.

He at first pretended he didn’t know where his young family were, then later changed his story and blamed Shannan for the deaths of the two young girls, claiming he had only strangled his wife after she had murdered their children.

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He eventually confessed, after a three-month investigation.

The state didn’t ask for the death penalty, at the request of Shannan’s family who said they didn’t want to see any more deaths.

Now a letter Watts wrote in prison, detailing his crimes, has emerged.

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While he initially claimed to have murdered his wife on the spur of the moment, the letter reveals he had planned the killings in advance. It reads: “August 12th when I finished putting the girls to bed,” he wrote.

“I walked away and said ‘That’s the last time I’m going to be tucking my babies in’."

The letter forms part of a new book, Letters From Christopher, serialised in the Daily Mail.

Watts, 34, was having a extramarital affair with attractive brunette Nichol Kessinger, who worked for the same oil company as him.

Discovering his wife was pregnant, he secretly put powerful painkillers in her food in the hope of causing a miscarriage.

He writes in his letter: “I thought it would be easier to be with Nichol if Shanann wasn’t pregnant.”

But at some point he resolved to kill his wife and his daughters.

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He smothered the girls with a pillow before going to strangle his wife, but the girls had survived Watt's initial murder attempt and saw him wrapping their dead mum's body in a sheet: “After Shanann had passed,” he wrote, “Bella and Cece woke back up.

"I'm not sure how they woke back up, but they did. Bella’s eyes were bruised and both girls looked like they had been through trauma.

"That made the act that much worse knowing I went to their rooms first and knowing I still took their lives…”

"The girls were just kind of running around the house, and watching me with scared looks on their faces. Bella started to cry and when she did, Celeste started whimpering. What a nightmare this was,” he wrote.

“I realise now the girls getting up and walking around may have been God’s third attempt to stop what I was doing.”

He goes on to say he felt “so mad they were still alive”.

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Watts now says he mourns his dead wife and daughters daily, keeping pictures of them in his prison cell.

He says he talks to them every morning and night, reading Celeste’s favourite book out loud as if she were with him. He said he also misses Shanann’s cooking, mainly “spaghetti sauce and pizza”.

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