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In the early morning hours of August 13, 2018, Shanann Watts was dropped off at her Frederick, Colorado, home by a colleague after returning from a business trip. It was the last time anyone would see her alive. By the next day, Shanann and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, had been reported missing, and her husband, Chris Watts, was appearing on the local news, pleading for his family's safe return. 

But Chris Watts already knew that he would never see his family again. Less than 24 hours after his desperate plea, Watts made a shocking confession to police: He had strangled his pregnant wife to death and smothered their daughters, dumping their bodies at a nearby oil site. Heartbroken friends and neighbors watched in shock as the movie-star handsome, devoted family man they knew was arrested and charged with first degree murder. 

The perfect mask Chris had presented to the world in his TV interviews and the family's Facebook accounts was slipping - and what lay beneath was a horrifying image of instability, infidelity, sexual ambivalence, and boiling rage. 

In this first major account of the case, best-selling author and journalist John Glatt reveals the truth behind the tragedy and constructs a chilling portrait of one of the most shocking family annihilator cases of the 21st century.

©2020 John Glatt (P)2020 Tantor

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heart breaking

This book sent me through a whirl wind of emotions from anger to sadness to even shedding tears for a family that has been torn apart, still so many unanswered questions. I can only pray for Shannan, Bella CC and Nico along with their family and hope they can find peace knowing their angels are watching over them. truly heart wrenching.

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Well narrated and very informative

I have listened to a few books now and podcasts about this tragic event and this book is by far the best. It has lots of details and heaps of research has obviously been done to try and get a clearer back story to the lead up and reason for this tragedy. Highly recommend.

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  • jill greeson
  • 23-07-2020

Disappointing

If you want to hear the same old facts and learn absolutely nothing new being read to you in the most irritating voice ever, then get this book . If not, pass this one by.

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  • Terri Thomas
  • 27-07-2020

Horrible narrative!! I can’t understand him

You can’t understand the narrator! His accent is way to strong ! It makes it really hard to get into story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-2020

Crikey!

Why is an Aussie narrating this? I don't have anything against Aussies, but it just seems off-kilter to my American ears.

The gist of the story is: she was a domineering workaholic, and he was this meek little subservient trophy husband. I know this because the story repeats this again and again and again and again and AGAIN.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-12-2020

Victim shaming is a thing now?

This book is disgusting. I have followed this story and if you’re new to it, it totally tries to lead the reader/listener to believe that Chris was the shy, nice, quiet guy and shanann this bossy woman who was dominate and took control of the relationship and came between him and his family? when in reality, Chris’s mother and sister and every female he gravitated towards WAS the one in control, he didn’t know how to think for himself. Chris killed his pregnant wife and daughters for a woman he met 6 weeks prior, is it impossible to think he’d cut his family off if they got in the way of him and Shanann? Truth is she was a bossy b#%<h while Chris was just a B^%#h. If you want to get a honest and real insight into this story then you should read “My daddy is a hero.” Really gives you a better insight into Chris, mental illness, and gives you a lot more to think about than this crap. Hey audible, can I get a refund? You can have this garbage.

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  • Jeanette
  • 24-07-2020

just a chronological order of the Chris Watts case

if you are unfamiliar with the Chris Watts case, this is an excellent book for you. It presents all the happenings in order. What is in the book is all public knowledge and obtainable from the discovery documents. The book is well written but I personally did not care for the “reader” of this book, way too strong of an accent for an American murder story. Would I suggest this book for purchase? yes if you are unfamiliar with the case and no if you are like me already know all the details, there is nothing new to learn in this book.

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  • Ashlyn Taylor
  • 28-10-2020

Many facts I didn't know

If you want to know a lot of facts missing from all the youtube channels this is the book for you. It fills in a lot of the gaps. A must read

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  • Butplug5150
  • 03-06-2021

"The Perfect Whacko!"

It always seems that when wives go away for a few weeks all hell breaks loose! These people lived in a fantasy world. They couldn't afford their house, he was a submissive, she a dominant. His parents were like retards in a classroom! He was as immature and socially inept as they come. She of course lived on FB.....Never heard of privacy or turning off your phone for a few hours. Chris was anything BUT a Narcissist. Chris was forced to live out Shananns dreams and fantasy's. I shouldn't say forced but he was a master mechanic and didn't even own a car. Why is he working in an oil field and not on cars?? These two lived in a fantasy world and couldn't manage money for beans. They both clearly wanted different things but no one had the courage to say what they wanted...in life, in marriage. Clearly they could not afford another child and certainly did not need that house. Total waste of money. Moral of story?? Yep you guessed it....DIVORCE!

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  • Brandon Miller
  • 19-05-2021

Thoroughly chronologically detailed, informative.

This was definitely a hard read, but I am certain that those who are interested in this particular true crime story will find it interesting, informative and helpful in understanding that of which, is of course, the most unbelievable act of betrayal. How does a family man go about annihilating his beautiful wife and innocent children? I am disgusted with this crime, but I needed to know why did the kids have to be discarded like they where, and after reading this, I still have questions bless the people whom where involved and tread carefully, because this is not a happy story.

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  • Sandra
  • 07-03-2021

Perfectly Balanced and Unbiased

This has been an amazing read and very well balanced and unbiased! From beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-2021

I have read and heard this book

Loved hearing this book and reading it myself! Author did an awesome job illustrating Chris Watts mentality!

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  • bookworm77
  • 28-07-2020

Well written

I’m an avid true crime reader and found this book a good source of facts. Heart breaking facts 😞.

Such a harrowing tale of a family devastated. I cried several times listening and felt guilty that my hobby of true crime reading is actually 2 families real life tragedy. Think I will stick to old crime tales.

Well narrated and written.

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  • sarah harrison
  • 05-08-2020

A Basic Account

A chronology of the case but in a basic style. There were some clear inaccuracies also but this is a good book for those who have very little familiarity with this terrible tragedy.

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  • Mohammed
  • 15-10-2020

the most detail I ever had on this shocking event

the detail puts everything together. rip shannan..bella..cece and nico....Will chris ever tell the truth one day

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  • rosemaryk2006
  • 24-07-2020

Accurate Well Written Account

The narrator has a, good voice but his reading, at the beginning, is hesitant and jerky but he improves. The is a factual account of the Watts family murders and the author doesn't put forward any psychological theories or opinions.

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  • Emma
  • 27-02-2021

Wow. victim blaming much?

I found this really insulting to the memories of the victims of HIS crime. This book leans fully into his corner and labels Shanann, in many ways, some what deserving of the crimes perpetrated towards her and her children.
Not a good book at all. Disturbingly one sided.

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  • TracyM
  • 05-02-2021

victim blaming

According to this author it was all ShanAnns fault. This book is a character assassination of a murder victim

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  • Clara B
  • 15-06-2021

Weird Narrator

I'm interested in the book, and it may be well written for all I know but the narrator has a really peculiar way of speaking. Very strange. I'm not sure I can listen to it. I recommend listening to the sample to see if it suits you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-2021

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good audiobook but nothing new to add to this terrible story. worth a listen though

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  • madbmad
  • 09-02-2021

A very true encapsulation of the Watts case.

I have followed this case since the day it began in August 2018 and read many books, seen movies and videos, I have also read the Discovery files. This book is expertly written and narrated and does a great job of portraying all those involved, a gripping listen/read.
Great job!

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  • Kevin Wells
  • 30-01-2021

Nothing we don’t already know, but very well told.

This audiobook will tell you the full story of the Watts murders as it is known publicly. Very sad.

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