Nine days after Chris Watts was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences after killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters, authorities are revealing Watts’ motive.
Kessinger claimed that most of what Watts told her during their brief relationship was a lie, including that he was newly divorced.
Now authorities are saying that Watts was so desperate for a fresh start with Kessinger that it was his motive for committing the murders.
Despite being known as a “doting husband and father who loved being around his family,” Watts, according to Weld County Prosecutor Michael Rourke, was responsible for “the most horrific case” he has ever worked on, he told People.
“I think you combine the horrible facts of Shanann being pregnant and two little girls being killed as well, and then the horrifying condition in which their bodies were disposed — I think all those things together just sickened everyone who had anything to do with it.”
According to the documents released by the Weld County District Attorney’s Office and obtained by People, during Watts’ affair, his wife Shanann was “desperately trying to salvage their relationship.”
She reportedly bought him self-help and relationship counseling books in order to make him “less distant.”
The documents also revealed Watts’ behavior after killing his family. As People reports, Watts’ computer searches reveal he looked up the lyrics to Metallica’s “Battery.”
Some of the lyrics of that song read:
Lashing out the action, returning the reaction
Weak are ripped and torn away
Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower
Battery is here to stay
Smashing through the boundaries, lunacy has found me
Cannot stop the battery
Pounding out aggression, turns into obsession
Cannot kill the battery
Cannot kill the family, battery has found in me
Watts also called the school his daughters attended to let them know that Belle, 4, and Celeste, 3, would not be enrolled there the following year.
He also called a realtor about selling their home.
At his sentencing hearing, Watts’ parents reiterated that they still love their son and always will. And his mother-in-law, Shanann’s mother, revealed they didn’t want Watts to face the death penalty because it wasn’t their right to make that type of decision:
“I have no idea who gave you the right to take their lives, but I know God and his mighty angels were there at that moment to bring them home to paradise. God gives us free will, so not only did you take the family of four, your family of four, you took your own life.”
The judge who presided over the hearing also described the crime as “senseless,” “vicious,” and “despicable” before calling it “perhaps the most inhumane crime” that he has handled in nearly 17 years.