Tag: Chris Watts
Family annihilation—wherein men kill their wives and kids (and, more often than not, themselves)—is so grotesque that it feels like it should only happen when a person is blinded by anger. But Chris Watts didn't murder his family in a fit of rage. We explore how his case breaks the family annihilator pattern.
Chris Watts, the Colorado man serving three life sentences for the brutal murder of his wife and two young daughters claims to have had a religious conversion behind bars and is now an evangelical Christian. Murderers David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer and Karla Faye Tucker also claimed to have found or rediscovered God after being incarcerated. We speak with experts about why so many notorious criminals might make such claims while behind bars.
Shortly after Chris Watts was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole for the murder of his wife and two daughters, prosecutors released a 2,000-page document known as the discovery (i.e. their evidence against Watts). The file contained a massive trove of surveillance photos, FBI interviews, text messages, police interviews with friends and family and more. We examine some of the discovery's details.
Researchers have found the vast majority of people who kill their families (familicide), are men with a history of violence toward their spouse and children. But what tips the scale from abuse to murder? And which men are most likely to kill? We spoke to a professor of forensic psychology for answers.