American Murder: The Family Next Door – Was Shanann Watts Giving The Officers Signs from Beyond the Grave?

Netflix’s true crime documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door focuses on disturbing details that led up to the murder of several members of the Watts family. Colorado dad Chris Watts, who was having an affair with a coworker, killed his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, as well as the couple’s daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in 2018.

The documentary is hard to watch and It includes real life videos of a seemingly happy family from Shanann’s Facebook, texts exchanged between Shanann and Chris before the murders, as well as body cam footage from police inside the Watts’ house after Shanann and the girls’ were first reported missing. But one particular aspect of the officer’s body cam footage is getting attention. Arthur Cant, a youtuber who posted a clip captioned ‘THIS IS FROM THE NETFLIX SERIES: AMERICAN MURDER: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR. THIS IS CAPTURED DIRECTLY FROM NETFLIX AROUND 6:57 MARK INTO THE FILM”. The video gathered thousands of views. The footage shows a clip from the documentary of the dashcam footage when Chris and his neighbours explore the house looking for clues to where his wife may be. After Chris finds his wife’s phone upstairs, the documentary adds pop ups of texts to shanann. After that, the camera pans to a little girls room, either Bella’s or Celeste’s. In this clip you can see in the left hand corner a image that appears as a little girl. You have to pause the footage to see what the youtuber means but yes the image that as the camera pans round could be seen as a little girl.

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Nickole Atkinson, Shanann’s friend who reported her missing, was there with her son & small daughter in tow. Atkinson’s daughter was the same age as the Watts girls. Although she isn’t on the dashcam footage, she was in the house when the welfare check was conducted…So could it have been her?

In other footage, I do believe Shannan may have been sending officers a message what may have happened to her!

In another part of the documentary you see the Real footage of when Chris Watts goes to his neighbours to check the CCTV footage. As they chatted a foetus, then a skull floating in oil appeared on the screen!

Shannan was four months pregnant when Chris killed her. He then drove Shanann’s body, and his two daughters, Bella & Celeste to an oil site, where he strangled his children and dumped them in the oil tank.

From the Documentary you can grasp that Shanann loved her family very much and undoubtedly her children. I do think in life Shannan did fight for what she thought was right and indeed guarded her children with her life so if there is a afterlife I am sure she would have made it her aim to give the signs where she could. A man she thought the world of and loved, betrayed her, betrayed their children and all their family in so many ways possible so would she could back to help solve what happened to her and her children..I think she would. I know I would….

1 thought on “American Murder: The Family Next Door – Was Shanann Watts Giving The Officers Signs from Beyond the Grave?

  1. The foetus on the TV screen was a very strange thing. Was it an ad? It seems a peculiar image to feature as the shut-down icon of the programme. 🤔

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