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This is an update to an earlier story about convicted murderer Chris Watts.
New details regarding how the lead investigators at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation managed to get a confession out of now-convicted murderer, Chris Watts, have come to light on Oxygen’s Criminal Confessions programme.
Watts, 34, is currently serving three consecutive life sentences for the murder of his 34-year-old pregnant wife Shanann, and their daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three, in Colorado last August.
Although Watts originally fronted news cameras with a desperate appeal for help when his wife and two young daughters were reported missing, the truth soon emerged when the bodies of Shanann, Bella and Celeste were recovered from an oil field owned by the petroleum company that Chris worked for.
His wife and his unborn son had been buried in a shallow grave, and his daughters submerged in crude oil vats.
Watch: This is the moment Chris Watts’ neighbour showed him footage of him leaving his house after murdering his wife. Post continues below.
After Watts’ shockingly calm initial plea on TV for his wife and children, he was brought in for an interview with investigators.
FBI agent Graham Coder tried to get an official statement out of Watts, but he wasn’t responding emotionally to the “very, very tough questions,” says CBI agent Tammy Lee, who also helped get a confession out of Watts.
Eventually, Watts slipped up and began talking about his wife and daughters in the past tense, prompting warning bells to go off in the investigators’ minds.
“If he is hoping and believing that they’re still alive, why would you start talking about them in past tense?” mused Lee.
The next day, under pressure from a lie detector test, Watts admitted to having an affair – something he had previously denied.