Recently, Netflix released a documentary titled ‘American Murder: The Family Next Door’ which is based on a real story. Directed by Jenny Popplewell, after the release of the movie the viewers have reviewed saying that watching it is quite disturbing. People have started feeling sick physically and mentally leaving them heart-broken after knowing that the incident had actually happened. The story is about Chris Watts, a man who killed his pregnant wife along with his two daughters. It talked about Shan’ann Watts and her children’s disappearance following their death.
Have just watched ‘American murder, the family next door’ i have never felt so disturbed watching a documentary. WTF? This is the most upsetting thing I’ve seen for a long time. Wish I could un see it 🙈
— Rita Simons (@OfficialRita) October 1, 2020
just finished “American Murder: The Family Next Door” and i’m disgusted at how much comfort Chris Watts received from both investigators and his dad while confessing to his heinous crimes.
— messy lawn clippings (@keileezy) September 30, 2020
Watching American Murder: The Family Next Door. I really cannot fathom how Chr*s W*tts could kill his pregnant wife, and his two beautiful babies, then go to work and pretend like nothing happened. I hope Shannan and her babies rest in peace 😫 Their murderer will burn in hell. pic.twitter.com/RQdsQ6MV3b
— Zyra Shemitha (@zyrashemitha) September 30, 2020
The footage shown in the documentary is real and as raw as it can get. It also has body cam footages of when the police were investigating and Watts taking polygraph test. It portrayed how a family man turned into a monster and destroyed everything. Many people took it to social media to talk about it. They said that after watching it, everyone was tearing up and it is one of the hardest things to watch for anyone. Revisiting the horrific incident was disturbing for everyone.
What is ‘American Murder: The Family Next Door’ about?
In 2018, the world went crazy after the Watts family murder incident came out. Christopher Lee Watts and Shan’ann Cathryn Watts were a couple who met in 2010. After that, in 2012 they got married. They had two daughters together named Bella Watts and Celeste Watts. In 2015, Chris lost his job and Shan’ann was the only one working. They went bankrupt after which things went south killing the happiness of the family. One day, Shan’ann and the kids went missing. She was not replying to texts and missed out on many appointments. Nickole Atkinson, Shan’ann’s colleague informed Chris about the incident after Shan’ann did not answer when she went to her place. The police and Chris arrived after which they found her wallet and ring on the bed. The FBI took upon investigation where Chris denied knowing any whereabouts.
Later on, during a polygraph test, the police caught Chris’s lies after which he admitted to killing his wife and children. Chris wanted a divorce when she started strangling her children. Seeing that, he ended up strangling her. Later on, the cops found the bodies in a nearby property. Finally, on 15th August, 2018 the investigation department arrested Chris. On 6th November, he was sent to jail for 84 years and had to pay $5 million. On 26th January, 2020 film was released titled ‘Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer’. Shan’ann’s family talked against the film fearing this will only increase such criminal activities. ‘American Murder’ was released on 30th September, 2020 and is available for streaming on Netflix.