Does Chris Watts feel remorse for the murders he committed?
The murders Chris Watts committed have gained audiences’ attention after the Netflix production American Murder: The Family Next Door. Watts’s decision to kill his wife & two daughters has led to his image as a monster without a conscience.
Strangely, Chris Watts has made some claims about his actions, which could make some wonder if he might feel remorseful for murdering his family. Though, these claims don’t prove he actually regrets the killings.
Here are some of the comments Watts has made so you can judge for yourself. Does he regret murdering his wife and children?
Free at last
After being arrested back in 2018, Chris Watts declared he was motivated to kill his family as he wanted to start a new life with Nichol Kessinger, his mistress. Apparently, Watts’s pregnant wife and two kids were in the way of the life he wanted with Kessinger.
At the time, Watts clearly didn’t feel remorseful. The New York Post quoted him saying, “All I could feel was now I was free to be with Nikki. Feelings of my love for her was overcoming me. I felt no remorse.”
Hell on earth
A year after the murders, Chris Watts was starting to feel different about killing his family. According to People, he had the chance to reflect on what he’d done during his time in prison. A source claimed Watts had become more religious, and he had been thinking about his actions as sins.
Watts even wrote a letter to his mother saying he’s a “servant of God.” A source told People Watts thinks about his family everyday and stated, “He realizes that he’s in a hell of his own making, and he has to live with that.”
Now that Watts has become a religious man, he is said to keep a Bible with him at all times. Reportedly, he’s haunted by the crimes he committed. Watts also keeps a photograph of his family in his cell, and he talks to it every day.
All these testimonies make it look as if he’s regretting having killed his own family. At the very least, religion made him realize how unethical his actions were. Nevertheless, it may be too much to assume he’s actually remorseful about his own actions.
Life in prison
One of the consequences of American Murder: The Family Next Door was the amount of notoriety it earned for Watts. Even in prison, Watts has become popular since many other prisoners are curious about his crime.
Just like the rest of us outside of prison, other inmates can’t help but feel interested in Watts’s motivation for the murders. However, it might not be easy for his fellow inmates to interact with him, given how he’s locked in his cell throughout the day and is only allowed to go out to exercise & shower.
Besides his new interest in religion, Chris Watts has also found other ways to spend his time in prison. Thanks to the Netflix documentary, many women have taken an interest in Watts and even seem to feel some sort of consideration or sympathy towards him. Watts started to reply to some of his fan mail, which earned him several pen pals.
Although Chris Watts is giving signs of regret over his crimes, it might as well just be that his new ethics are more a product of exposure to religion than of true regret. Either way, Watts’s crimes are truly horrific so his remorse will not be enough to get him out of prison.