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The Family Next Door Viewers Praise Killer Chris Watts' Neighbour

The Family Next Door Viewers Praise Killer Chris Watts' Neighbour

American Murder: The Family Next Door is the latest in a long line of true crime documentaries to hit Netflix, and centres on the brutal murder of a pregnant mother and her two children.

Viewers have now praised the neighbour of killer Chris Watts after he warned police that the dad-of-two 'wasn't acting right', while they looked at security camera footage showing Watts loading the bodies of Shanann Watts, 34, and her daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three.

The exchange, which was filmed via a police officer's bodycam and appears in the documentary, shows Watts watching footage that had been caught by his neighbour's CCTV.

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The hope was that cops might get some clues as to what had happened to Shanann and her kids.

In the clip, the neighbour says: "If there is any sort of action out there, I would have got it."

However, an extremely talkative and fidgety Watts raises the suspicions of his neighbour, and after Watts leaves, the neighbour tells the officer he believes that Watts is hiding something and 'trying to cover his tracks'.

Watts appeared to be very anxious while watching the footage. Credit: Weld County DA
Watts appeared to be very anxious while watching the footage. Credit: Weld County DA
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Showing the officer the footage again, the neighbour says: "He's not acting right at all. He's never fidgety.

"He's never rocking back and forth, and if you look - pointing towards his TV showing the CCTV footage - he never loads his stuff in and out of the garage ever."

Adamant that something is wrong, the neighbour continues: "He's normally, you can ask them, he's quiet, really subdued, he never talks, so the fact he's over there blabbing his mouth makes me kinda suspicious of something.

"He doesn't look worried, he looks like he's trying to cover his tracks."

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Three days later, Watts confessed to murdering his family and dumping their bodies at the oil field he worked at, putting his daughters in oil tanks and burying his wife in a shallow grave nearby.

Shanann was pregnant when she was murdered along with her two daughters. Credit: Netflix
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Praising the neighbour for urging police to be wary of Watts' side of events, one viewer said: "The neighbour literally called it hours after it happened! You've got to give it to him."

Another wrote: "That vigilant neighbour knew Chris Watts was guilty from the get go, and really nailed him."

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A third wrote: "Shoutout to Chris Watts's neighbour in the documentary. That dude was on it."

While another person added: "That neighbour of Chris Watts was onto his phoney ass from the jump. True champion."

The neighbour warned police about Watts' behaviour. Credit: Weld County DA
The neighbour warned police about Watts' behaviour. Credit: Weld County DA

In court, Watts admitted his guilt as part of a plea deal to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in November 2018.

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The traumatic documentary has left viewers in floods of tears, wondering how someone could do that to their wife and children.

One person said: "I just watched American Murder: The Family Next Door on Netflix. It was an absolute emotional roller coaster. I followed the case but this got me. I'm in total tears at this point. Rest in peace all victims of domestic violence."

Another said: "In absolute tears at American Murder: The Family Next Door. How anyone could do that to their wife and babies is just traumatising."

A third viewer added: "Why did I decide to watch American Murder: The Family Next Door at 1.00 am? Now I cannot sleep, have an unsettled feeling in my gut, and have work tomorrow."

American Murder: The Family Next Door is available to watch on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Weld County DA

Topics: Entertainment, True Crime, Netflix

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