Netflix’s Newest True Crime Documentary Was So Dark and Heart Wrenching, I Couldn’t Finish Watching It

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Before I get into this, I want to point out, I am a person that watches every. single. true crime series. I am sort of obsessed with them.

With that being said, Netflix’s Newest True Crime Documentary was dark, heart wrenching and made me sick to my stomach. I had to stop watching.

Seriously, I have no idea how it ends.


Yesterday, Netflix released a true crime series titled American Murder: The Family Next Door which is about a husband that murdered his pregnant wife and two little girls.


I have to warn you right now – if you have children, grandchildren, or even just love children in general, this is really, really hard to watch.


I won’t spoil any details surrounding the case but I will say, the details surrounding the death of Shanann Watts and her two beautiful daughters, is gut-wrenching.


As I watched this show and as it led up to the husband’s confession of murder, I felt this overwhelming sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I felt hot and uncomfortable.

And then there it was – his confession and ya know, I thought I’d be okay.


But nope!

As soon as they asked him to describe the events of that night, the night he murdered his family, I looked at my husband and said, “we need to turn this off”. He agreed.


What that monster did to his pregnant wife – to his baby girls, was awful enough. I can’t even bear to listen to every little detail of what he did to them. I just can’t.


This just broke my heart. I can’t even imagine and I don’t want to.

Those poor sweet angels.


So, my point here is, if you have a hard time with things like this, especially when it comes to children, you might want to skip this one. Consider this your trigger warning.

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  1. I followed the story and when he talks about the last thing one of his daughters asked him, which was if he was going to do the same thing to her as he did her sister… ugh. He talks about it like he’s talking about a football game with a friend… it makes me sick just thinking about it… I think about my two grown babies and my 6 year old. I just couldn’t….

  2. Thank you for the heads up. I don’t want to be broken shards on the kitchen floor for months.

  3. I had a similar reaction to the Andrea Yates case. It made me sad for such a long time!!! Just so unimaginable!!!! Thanks for the warning.

  4. It is hard to watch but I watched it all. It made me cry and want my grown, married daughters and their children to move back home! I know they can’t but I will be forever worried about their safety!

  5. My mom followed this story and would tell me about it when I’d visit after work. It’s horrible, every last detail. How…why….he is despicable. I can’t imagine. Those girls are angels.

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