Netflix’s original true crime documentary ‘American Murder: The Family Next Door’ premiered on the service September 30. It quickly shot to the top of the “most streamed” positions and has been watched and discussed by pretty much everyone with a Netflix account. The chilling documentary tells the story of Chris Watts, a Colorado man who murdered his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two little girls, Bella and Celeste. What makes this case especially memorable and horrifying are all the social media posts by Shanann giving a first person account of her life, and Chris Watts’ poor job at faking concern for his family prior to his confession and conviction:
The documentary talks about Chris’ affair with a woman he met at work named Nichol Kessinger. This affair ultimately lead to Chris annihilating his family in hopes to start a new life with his mistress. It exposes him as a weak man whose family was in debt and who refused to talk to his wife about their relationship issues.
Now, Chris Watts is telling people he doesn’t like how he was portrayed in the documentary.
To be clear, Watts, now a convicted murderer, is serving a life sentence at Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin. He has been told he will “never” get out. He has not seen the documentary because he is incarcerated. But he has been communicating with people on the outside, including a slew of women looking to court him.
Watts has learned that the documentary was made and that it includes many text messages between him and Shanann as well as information about his affair, footage of his confession, and other details of his crimes. People reports that Watts told one of the people he’s corresponding with “he hates even knowing that his texts are out there for the public to read. It brings back awful memories of 2018 for him.” The source also says the fact that the public can read articles and watch documentaries about his crimes “makes him feel a lot of shame. But he also knows that he brought it upon himself.”