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A MONSTER’S DOUBLE LIFE

Chris Watts dodges a death sentence for killing his wife and daughters—as authorities reveal his twisted plot to start over
DARK LI ES, NEW LOVE Watts (with Shanann and, from left, Celeste and Bella) hid photos of Kessinger (at Great Sand Dunes National Park, where they overnighted July 28) in a fake calculator app on his phone.

Chris Watts did not look up—didn’t even flinch—as the family he wrecked struggled, one by one, to put words to their anguish. His guilty pleas entered, Watts was in court Nov. 19 to receive his sentence—life without possibility of parole—for the murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann, 34, daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste 3, and unborn son, Niko. “We loved you like a son. We trusted you,” Shanann’s mother, Sandra Rzucek, told Watts as he sat, head down, at the defense table. “Your children loved you to the moon and back.” Added Shanann’s father, Frank Rzucek: “They also trusted you, the heartless monster. And then you take them out like trash.” Watts’s own father, Ronnie Watts, was too emotional to speak in the Weld County, Colo., courtroom. In a statement read aloud by the family’s lawyer,

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