Chris Watts: Typical American Stereotypes

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As many people know, closed doors hide a lot of secrets. Chris Watts was not the man his family loved and cared for. Watts lived with his family in the lovely town of Frederick, Colorado, but Watts took this lovely place and turned it into a nightmare. No one could possibly believe there was anything wrong with this family—or what made Watts perform these horrific acts. Overall, they seemed to be a normal, happy family. He projected the typical American stereotype of a father which is a man who is always there to protect and provide for his family, and it seemed Watts filled these roles. Living a normal life with no problems or worries, Watts takes a turn. His lovely family of four is brutally murdered by this man who was supposed to be “family”. …show more content…

Watts grew up in North Carolina and lived a great life, so what caused him to do such things? According to his mother, “‘there’s nothing…that would have predicted any of this’” (qtd. “Cindy Watts Extended”). As Watts got older, a new chapter unraveled. Watts met his wife Shan’ann. They got married and had two girls. Shan’ann was 15-weeks pregnant at the time and they were expecting a little boy. Life seemed pretty normal according to Facebook posts and text messages that were displayed in the Netflix documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door. These posts and messages gave the audience glimpses of Watts with his wife and kids, and nothing but smiles and laughter was shown, but on August 13, 2018, the truth came out about what a happy family really …show more content…

According to a police confession, Watts had no plan for his daughters, but moments later he was their last vision. Watts arrived at the location where he buried Shan’ann’s body, which led to the same location where his daughters were murdered. He confessed that when he came back to the truck where his daughters stayed, he began to smother his first daughter with a blanket while her sister watched. He then proceeded to carry her body to an oil tank on site and put her inside. He came back for his second daughter and did the same horrific act on her while, in the process, Watts states that his daughter said “Daddy, no!” but he then continues and puts her inside the oil tank that was next to the first one inside

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