On August 13, Nickole Atkinson, a close friend of Shanann Watts, reported she and her two daughters, Bella (4) and Celeste (3), were missing. Nothing seemed to add up in the reasons for their disappearance, sending an instant alarm.
Shortly after, father and husband, Chris Watts, spoke calmly with local news agencies and issued a half-hearted plea for his family to be returned safely. As soon as the interview aired, people were suspicious of his behavior.
One would assume that a loving family man would be beside himself with fear, worry, and panic over the bizarre disappearance of his pregnant wife and two young daughters. Chris appeared to be anything but disturbed.
Just two days later, Chris was arrested for the murder of his family. He then confessed to the murder of his wife but refused to admit that he killed his daughters. He simply stated that Shanann, furious upon hearing that he wanted a divorce, went into their daughters’ bedroom and strangled both children.
Now, less than a week later, renowned criminologist, Dr. Denise Mowder, weighs in on the entire situation. She’s had a great deal of experience in working with victims of family violence, so this is no new territory for her.
She believes, based upon his behavior, past, and the evidence brought forth thus far, that his true motive for killing his family was all because of a lover, and he wanted nothing but to appear to be the victim of it all. “I think he had a vision of another life with this other woman - carefree, no responsibilities.”
Mowder continued: “Two children and another on the way - that’s a big responsibility.”
She also divulged her thoughts on his behavior in the initial interview. “This whole facade he put on right after they started looking for them, that was very odd and it makes me wonder if he wasn’t trying to find an out to be with the girlfriend.”
“When he said she was the one strangling the children, I knew right then he was the one who strangled the children because he can give all the details of what he said she did because he was doing it himself. It’s going to be hard on the family to hear the lies, and there are some secrets there, I’m afraid.”
“It’s going to be hard for the jury. It’s going to be hard for the public to really understand because there is no understanding it,” she stated.
What do you think about this? Do you think Dr. Mowder is on to something here?