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'American Murder': The House Where Chris Watts Murdered His Wife Hasn't Sold After Two Years

'American Murder': The House Where Chris Watts Murdered His Wife Hasn't Sold After Two Years

The home Chris Watts murdered his wife and children in hasn't sold for two years.

The 4,200-square-foot property, seen in American Murder: The Family Next Door, is the place where Chris killed his pregnant wife Shanann by strangulation back in 2018, also causing the death of their unborn son Nico.

He also lived in the property with his two kids Bella, four, and Celeste, three - who he later killed by asphyxiation.

So, while the home is meant to be worth $648,100 (£501,221), it's unsurprising that it's not proving easy to sell.

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According to Realtor.com, the home, which is still technically owned by Chris, failed to sell at auction, because too many people know about the horrific murders that took place there.

The home was the site of Shanann and her unborn child's murder (Credit: Netflix)
The home was the site of Shanann and her unborn child's murder (Credit: Netflix)

Clark Dray, a bankruptcy attorney from Denver, told the website: "It's not getting any bids because people know the sordid history of the house, and nobody wants it."

"The longer the house sits empty, the bigger the discounts will become when and if someone does eventually decide to buy it," added real estate appraiser Orell Anderson.

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The brutal crimes committed by Chris were already infamous in the Frederick, Colorado area, even before Netflix decided to feature them in a film.

"Everybody knows the story around here," real estate expert Tanja Nelson explained.

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"It's a nice enough house and the neighbourhood's awesome. It would have sold by now if someone local felt comfortable enough to buy it."

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The Netflix documentary is only set to increase the stigma around the property, meaning it may need to be discounted by anywhere from 5 per cent to 25 per cent to sell, according to Anderson.

Nelson says the best bet of somebody buying the home is an "out of state buyer," seeing as the crimes committed in the home were "talked about for months" among locals.

For those not familiar with the story, Chris, 34, was married to Shanann, and the couple had two young children.

Chris Watts killed his whole family in the home (Credit: Netflix)
Chris Watts killed his whole family in the home (Credit: Netflix)
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When the couple's marriage hit a rocky patch, Shanann had spent some time away with her daughters Bella and Celeste, to give the relationship some space.

While she did briefly return home, not long afterwards a friend soon reported her missing - to which Chris played the devastated husband act, looking sad on TV and appealing for witnesses to come forward.

In a shock twist, it came to light that he was actually the killer, and had also been having an affair at the time of the murders.

Chris initially maintained his innocence, but later confessed his crimes in November 2018, after failing a lie detector test. He received three consecutive life sentences and is not eligible for parole.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Life News, True Crime, TV News, TV Entertainment, Netflix

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