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Woman Defends Developing 'Close And Intimate' Relationship With Murderer Chris Watts In Prison

Rebecca Shepherd


Woman Defends Developing 'Close And Intimate' Relationship With Murderer Chris Watts In Prison

Featured Image Credit: Lifetime

A former prison psychologist has defended the 'close and intimate relationship' she has developed with murderer Chris Watts. You can watch a clip of her talking about him here:


Christa Richello spoke on camera as part of the programme Cellmate Secrets, which not only finds out more about the pair's relationship but also looks at Watts' life in jail.

According to E! News, 42-year-old clinical psychologist Christa admitted to developing a 'close and intimate relationship' with Chris and cellmate Dylan Tallman after sending Chris fan letters in prison.

Christa, who is now actually engaged to Dylan, talks about her fascination with Chris' case and says: "I found it very odd, the way the case was handled.

"I've never seen a case in history that somebody took a plea agreement so quickly, a case was completely ended and not investigated.

"And there's all these different theories because normally this would be going on in a trial for years, and it was only two months to this plea agreement. And that's what caught me."

Chris Watts murdered his wife and two daughters. Credit: Netflix
Chris Watts murdered his wife and two daughters. Credit: Netflix

Christa also delves into how her interest in Watts is similar to her own mum's fascination with Charles Manson, admitting that being 'intrigued' in famous criminals is in her DNA.

Chris Watts is currently serving a life sentence for the 2018 murders of his wife Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and their daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three.

The killer was documented in Netflix's hugely popular true crime documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door which featured interviews and footage from the police during the investigation.

Chris Watts. Credit: Netflix
Chris Watts. Credit: Netflix

It detailed the disappearance of Watts' family, and he remained oddly calm after reporting the case himself.

As the story unravelled though, it soon became clear that his family had been killed - and he'd been the culprit.

Keen to start a new life alongside a woman with whom he'd been having an affair, Watts had murdered his family before burying his wife in a shallow grave at the Anardarko Petroleum site and disposing of his children's bodies in one of the petrol tanks.

Initially, Watts had claimed that it was Shanann who had killed the kids and so he had strangled her in a rage, before he ultimately confessed to everything.

Cellmate Secrets: Chris Watts premiers on Friday 25 June at 10pm on Lifetime.

Topics: TV and Film, News

Rebecca Shepherd
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