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Here Is What ‘American Murder: The Family Next Door’ Left Out of The Story

American Murder: The Family Next Door is, without a doubt, one of the saddest, most devastating true crime shows I have seen — and I’ve seen most of them.

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It was so hard, for so many people, because the victims of the murders were two little girls (under 5 years old), their mother, and their unborn brother. Not only THAT, it was their father, Chris Watts that carried out the devastation.

Now, we are learning even more details about this heinous crime, and they aren’t easy to listen to or read.

Chris Watts is currently sitting in prison in Wisconsin, carrying out his 5-life-term sentence for the murders of his family.

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While behind bars, Chris has been writing letters to family (and the public?!?), and he has described more about his evil thought process, and the way in which he carried out the murders.

Don’t read ahead, if you don’t want to hear more. I know it is hard for some.

For one thing, he wrote that he knew he was going to kill his wife and daughters well before doing so. After putting his children to bed the night before, he wrote, “I walked away and said, ‘That’s the last time I’m going to be tucking my babies.'” Of Shan’ann’s death, he wrote in another letter, “All the weeks of me thinking about killing her, and now I was faced with it.”

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He went on to describe how the girls “woke up” after he originally tried to smother them in their beds. Chris then wrote how he knew exactly what he was going to do, and he still drove them out to those oil tankers, and finally took those little lives there.

Totally premeditated, and sick.

Did you know that BEFORE this tragic event took place, Chris and Shan’ann had filed for bankruptcy. They were not doing well financially.

They had reportedly just bought a big house, and had tons of credit card and student loan debt. They were making a combined $90K-something a year, about $60K of which came from Chris’ salary.

That is when Shan’ann started working with a multi-level marketing company, where she really flourished. Her salary quicky increased, and she got to go on a few fun company vacations, leaving Chris home with the two girls.

Poor guy. *Eye Roll Emoji*

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With Chris spending so much time away from Shan’ann, he secretly started dating Nichol Kessinger — telling Nichol that he was on the verge of divorce from Shan’ann.

After Nichol learned that Chris’ family was missing, she went to the police, and told them everything that had happened between herself and Chris.

She was able to provide some key information that helped to convict Chris of the murders, which was just glossed over in American Murder. But, she really was a big part of the investigation, and she really helped the police nail Chris.

It really is a tragic, awful story. But, I am thankful, for the family, that they at least have closure. Nothing can bring back the girls (and unborn son), but it can be, at least a little bit of a reprieve KNOWING Chris is put away forever.