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Trailer For Netflix True Crime Doc American Murder: The Family Next Door Has Arrived

Trailer For Netflix True Crime Doc American Murder: The Family Next Door Has Arrived

If you're in the need of a true crime fix, Netflix - of course - has just the thing for you. The streaming site has just dropped the trailer for the latest addition to its roster of dark docs, American Murder: The Family Next Door.

The heart wrenching film centres on the mysterious disappearance of Shanann Watts and her two children, Bella, four, and Celeste, three, who vanished from their Colorado home two years ago.

Police quickly begin looking at her husband, Chris, and delve into their marriage which, at first, seems to be picture perfect but is anything but.

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The doc includes old social media posts Shanann made prior to her disappearance, as well as 'never-before-seen' home videos.

The official synopsis reads: "In 2018, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her two young daughters went missing in Frederick, Colorado. As heartbreaking details emerged, their story made headlines worldwide.

The documentary will delve into the tragic deaths of Shannan Watts and her two kids. Credit: Netflix
The documentary will delve into the tragic deaths of Shannan Watts and her two kids. Credit: Netflix

"Told entirely through archival footage that includes social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages and never-before-seen home videos, director Jenny Popplewell pieces together an immersive and truthful examination of a police investigation and a disintegrating marriage.

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"American Murder: The Family Next Door is the first film to give a voice to the victims."

The hotly-anticipated doc was directed by Jenny Popplewell - Mr Big Fat Greek Wedding - with Academy Award winner James Marsh, who directed The Theory of Everything, producing.

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Those of you who are not too familiar with the chilling case, should stop reading now.

Following a investigation, Shanann's husband would eventually admit to killing her and their two children after their bodies were discovered at a nearby petrol facility where Chris had previously worked.

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The documentary lands on 30 September. Credit: Netflix
The documentary lands on 30 September. Credit: Netflix

According to court documents, Chris strangled Shannan, who was pregnant at the time, to death and smothered their young daughters.

It's understood that Chris was planning to divorce Shanna prior to the murders, though she was fighting to save their marriage.

Chris had also started a relationship with a woman at work, Nichol Kessinger.

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Speaking about the motivations behind the killings, Ms Kessinger said she believed it was driven by money, but admitted she couldn't really know as they had only been seeing each other for two months, and that it's possible their relationship may have played a part.

She said: "I legitimately think his cheese was sliding off his cracker long before he met me."

American Murder: The Family Next Door will be available to watch from 30 September.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, True Crime, Documentary

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]