Evil Dad – he mur­dered his fam­ily to be with his mis­tress

When Chris’ wife and daugh­ters van­ished, he put out an emo­tional plea for their re­turn...

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The Watts were an ev­ery­day sub­ur­ban fam­ily, who seemed to have it all.

Chris, 33, and Shanann, 34, had two cheeky-faced lit­tle girls, Bella, four, and Ce­leste, three, and they had an­other one on the way, which Daddy was over the moon about.

Lit­tle Peanut! Love her/ him al­ready!!! Chris texted his wife af­ter she sent him a photo of their ul­tra­sound.

In the midst of all her hap­pi­ness, Shanann posted Chris’ re­sponse on Face­book.

I love Chris! He’s the best dad us girls could ask for, she wrote, proudly.

Of course, it wasn’t all roses and the fam­ily had been through some hard­ship over the years. Fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties meant they’d had to file for bank­ruptcy in 2015.

Luck­ily, Shanann landed a new $80,000-a-year job pro­mot­ing heath sup­ple­ments.

While she some­times had to work away from home, Chris looked af­ter the girls.

He’s my rock! He takes care of us girls un­con­di­tion­ally! Thank you baby, for hold­ing down the fort this week­end! Love you, she wrote on Face­book dur­ing a work trip.

De­spite mak­ing her proud wife com­ments, Shanann had an inkling things weren’t okay. Chris, a petroleum com­pany worker who she’d been with for eight years, had be­come dis­tant – and there were other things...

Shanann had been get­ting alerts from her credit card for money spent in res­tau­rants – amounts too high for one per­son.

Af­ter speak­ing with Chris about it she suggested cou­ples coun­selling, but he re­fused. Sadly, just as they dis­cov­ered their baby was a boy they were go­ing to call Niko, it looked like they were over.

He has changed, she texted a friend in Au­gust.

I don’t know who he is.

Ad­mit­ting that her, ‘eyes burn from cry­ing so much,’ there was spec­u­la­tion of an af­fair – but Shanann didn’t want to be­lieve it.

Chris was her soul­mate, the fa­ther to her kids… What would she do with­out him?

And then on Au­gust 13, she dis­ap­peared. Shanann seemed to have had enough and walked out with her girls.

At first Chris didn’t seem con­cerned. A friend, Nick­ole Atkin­son, phoned him to say Shanann wasn’t re­spond­ing to calls or texts, but Chris said she was at a play­date.

Gravely con­cerned, Nick­ole went to the Watts’ home and no­ticed Shanann’s car was in the garage. Nick­ole re­ported her miss­ing. Then the next day, Chris, now wor­ried about his wife and daugh­ters, made an emo­tional plea.

‘If you’re out there, just come back,’ he said on TV. ‘If some­body has her, just please bring her back.’

But it didn’t take the po­lice long to re­veal that would never be the case…

The Watts looked like the per­fect fam­ily Shanann posted Chris’text about their preg­nancy Chris and Shan­nan seemed so in love

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