In the last four months, the world has been shaken by the triple-murder case of Shanann, Bella, and Cece Watts. However, no one in the world is more shocked than Shanann’s parents.
For months, Shanann’s parents, Frank and Sandra Rzucek, been trying to understand the terror that their previously adored son has inflicted in their lives. Before Chris shockingly took their daughter and grandchildren’s lives, Frank and Sandra had believed that he was an angel sent from Heaven.
Following the disappearance of Shanann and the girls, Sandra and suggest to Chris that he and stay out the media as she feared he would be painted as a suspect. According to The Daily Mail, Sandra had feared that because he was the last one to see the Shanann, he would immediately be hounded for their whereabouts.
Thankfully, he ignored her wishes and made an appearance anyway. Sandra shared, “He didn't give a flying flip. I said, ‘Chris, I don't think you should do any media. You're the last one to have seen them, so I don't think you should.’ I thank God he did it.”
It was after his shady media appearance that detectives look him in for questioning. Chris later admitted to his father, Ronnie, that he killed his family. In the following days, Chris was seen in court in front of his family members and in-laws. The room was heavy with shock, anger, and grief.
On December 6th, 2018, a glimpse of an interview with Shanann’s parents was officially released. Shanann’s parents, Frank and Sandra Rzucek, were interviewed by ABC’s 20/20 obtained by PEOPLE. Their statements would act as their first official release since learning about the tragic loss of their daughter and granddaughters.
It was during this the ABC interview that Sandra admitted that she had she tried to have protected him more, and he had listened to her, he would have likely been less of a suspect. Thank goodness he didn't listen to her.
According to PEOPLE, Chris pleaded to nine charges: five counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a dead body. On November 19th, Chris Watts was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Shanann’s parents are now forced to live without their daughter. When asked how they wanted the world to remember her and your granddaughters, they said, “They had a lot of love. They were amazing. I couldn’t ask God for more- He really blessed us with them.”
Please pray for Shanann’s parents. This is such a difficult time for them and only the peace of God can sustain them through this immense tragedy.