Shanann Watts Didnt Want to Believe Husband Chris Was Cheating

Shanann Watts 'Didn't Want to Believe' Husband Chris Was Cheating

Chris’ Demeanor Was ‘Very Odd,’ Says Friend

Atkinson said in the interview she dropped Shanann off at about 2 a.m. on Aug. 13 after her business trip, but that she grew suspicious several hours later when Shanann didn’t answer her phone and missed a doctor’s appointment.

Prompted to visit the house, Atkinson said she grew even more suspicious when she noticed Shanann’s front door was locked in a different way than usual and that her car was still there — “which was really peculiar ’cause Shanann doesn’t go places without her car” because the children use car seats, she said.

Atkinson then called Chris, who, she said, told her Shanann was at a playdate. This made Atkinson even more suspicious. “I couldn’t figure out why she’d go on a playdate without her car,” she said, adding that Chris’ version of events “wasn’t making sense to me.”

Shanann and the children were reported missing that day. Atkinson said she talked to Chris afterward and described his demeanor as “very odd.”

“He was just sitting there waiting for something to happen, it just didn’t seem right to me,” she said. “The last time I talked to him he said ‘I just want to cry.’ And I looked at him and said, ‘Why aren’t you?’ ”

That Wednesday, Chris was arrested and fired from his job at an oil and gas company. The bodies of all three victims were found Thursday on the property of his former employer. Shanann had been buried in a shallow grave and the girls’ bodies were submerged in oil tanks. 

According to his arrest affidavit,Chris allegedly admitted to killing Shanann— but said he only did so after he “went into a rage” after, he claimed, he watched Shanann strangle one of their daughters.

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He is charged with three counts of first-degree murder with deliberation, two counts of first-degree murder of a child under the age of 12 by someone who is in a “position of trust” over them, one first-degree count of unlawful termination of pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased body.

Chris made his first appearance in court Tuesday but did not enter a plea. His attorney has not responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Atkinson said she is shocked at the tragic turn of events.

“You think back at the barbecues you had, the times your kids played together, the time you spent with them, the places that you went with them, like, any little thing that would’ve even remotely given you the idea that it was even possible,” she said.

“I mean, every couple or families have their issues but not to where it justifies what was done.”

Chris is due back in court Nov. 19.

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Shanann Watts Didnt Want to Believe Husband Chris Was Cheating