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People Left Bawling Over Netflix's New True Crime Doc On Watts Family Murder

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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People Left Bawling Over Netflix's New True Crime Doc On Watts Family Murder

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Viewers have been left shell-shocked by harrowing true crime documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door.

The Netflix doc follows the tragic case of 34-year-old Shanann Watts, who in 2018 went missing along with her two young daughters in Frederick, Colorado.

Her disappearance was reported by a friend, who dropped Shannon off at her family home and became concerned when she didn't hear from her the following day.

The mum-of-two was pregnant at the time, and the strange disappearance of two children and their expectant mother gripped America.

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As the case became the eye of a media storm, Shanann's husband, Chris Watts, played the part of a bereft father and husband, doing camera appeals to plead for his family's safe return.

In interview tapes played during the trailer, he can even be heard asking: "Did I cause this? Did I make her feel like she needed to leave?"

In reality, Watts was the murderer. He murdered his whole family in cold blood, brutally killing Shanann along with four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, before concealing their bodies in an oil tank.

Now, Netflix has delved back into the case to give Watts' victims a voice, using archived footage, social media posts, recordings, messages and home videos to tell the harrowing story.

(Credit: Netflix)
(Credit: Netflix)

On watching the documentary, devastated viewers who watched the programme took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

One emotional Twitter user wrote: "BAWLING my eyes out watching American Murder: The Family Next Door... only a MONSTER could something like that. I hope he rots in a cell for the rest of his life."

While another viewer commented: "just watched American Murder and I'm actually bawling."

"I just watched the American Murder doc on Netflix and I am fucking bawling," chimed in a third.


Watts maintained his innocence until he eventually confessed to his crimes in November 2018, after failing a lie detector test.

He went on to receive three consecutive life sentences and does not have the possibility of parole.

American Murder: The Family Next Door is available to watch on Netflix now.

Topics: TV and Film, True Crime, TV News, TV Entertainment, Netflix

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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