La casa maldita: el destino de lo único que le queda a Chris Watts, “el monstruo de Denver”

El femicida de su esposa e hijas, pasará el resto de su vida en prisión. La vivienda donde comenzó el horror, en Frederick, está en manos de su acreedor que no puede venderla

Chris Watts apenas ve el sol. Sabe que el resto de su vida estará confinada en una penitenciaría en Wisconsin. A lo sumo algún juez dispondrá un traslado, aunque difícil que eso ocurra.

De seguro, esa mudanza no será a una casa propia ni con los beneficios que podría conferirle una tobillera de GPS. Ya no necesitará de su propiedad, la vivienda de 400 metros cuadrados que compartía con Shanann, su esposa y sus hijas Bella (4 años) y Celeste (tres años). A todas ellas asesinó el 13 de agosto de 2018 y por eso fue sentenciado a prisión perpetua.

La casa es una de las protagonistas del último documental presentado por Netflix: American Murder, The Family Next Door. Las cámaras de personal policial que interroga y secuestra material del interior de la propiedad muestran cada uno de sus rincones, prolijos y amplios, que nadie quiere volver a habitar.

Es que lo que alguna vez fue un hogar está en venta desde hace dos años pero nadie quiere comprar. Los Watts la adquirieron en mayo de 2013 -fecha de su construcción- en 400 mil dólares, cuando todavía ninguna de las pequeñas había nacido. Era donde “el monstruo de Denver” y Shanann habían planeado vivir para siempre hasta que el brutal femicida terminó con esos sueños.

Hoy, sumido en deudas y sin poder producir, Watts intenta llenar esos agujeros financieros con lo poco que le queda. Su casa situada en el 2825 de Saratoga Trl es el principal capital: fue valuada en 645 mil dólares. Pero es su prestamista que posee la hipoteca embargó la casa para cobrar ese dinero. Pero nadie lo compró en el plazo de un año desde que salió a la venta, entonces el condado lo sacó de la ejecución hipotecaria.

Nadie se acerca a visitarla, ni consultan sobre rebajas. Nadie quiere esa propiedad de ocho habitaciones que ven como “maldita” y a la que turistas y vecinos se acercan para tomar fotografías de ese lugar donde en la madrugada del 13 de agosto de 2018 pasó lo impensado.

“No está recibiendo ninguna oferta porque la gente conoce la sórdida historia de la casa y nadie la quiere. Simplemente queda en el limbo hasta que un acreedor llegue y vuelve a intentar una ejecución hipotecaria”, dijo a Realtor el abogado de bancarrotas con sede en Denver, Clark Dray.

“Por lo general, al menos la compañía hipotecaria intentará comprar la casa para poder revenderla”, aclaró Dray. De acuerdo al analista inversor, eso podría significar que vivienda no alcance un buen valor o simplemente… nadie la adquiera. A medida que pase el tiempo, su precio sufrirá significantes rebajas. “Cuanto más tiempo esté desocupada la casa, mayores serán los descuentos. Y ha estado desocupada durante dos años”, dice el tasador de bienes raíces y especialista en daños inmobiliarios Orell Anderson, de Strategic Property Analytics. Y añade: “Cuando hay niños involucrados, los descuentos son más altos. A la gente realmente no le gusta eso”, en referencia al homicidio de Bella y Celeste.

Desde que los asesinatos conmovieron a Frederick, el lugar donde sucedió el múltiple femicidio, los curiosos de la zona o de pueblos cercanos -y no tanto- se acercan para fotografiar el edificio. Pero mucho más desde que Netflix pusiera al aire el documental de una hora y cuarto que lidera las audiencias y que muestra la intimidad de una familia que ya no es.

Los últimos minutos de vida de Shanann y las niñas

A lo largo de 83 minutos de American Murder: The Family Next Door, la experiencia es menos de voyeurismo que de compasión. Los archivos del timbre inteligente muestran cómo el 13 de agosto de 2018 Shanann Watts llegó a su casa luego de un viaje de trabajo. La cuenta de Facebook de la mujer ofrece imágenes de amor de la pareja, de vacaciones perfectas, de juegos con las niñas.

Sus mensajes de texto, en cambio, exponen sus esfuerzos por sacar adelante una relación rota, sus conversaciones con sus amistades sobre esos problemas. Los resúmenes bancarios de las cuentas de los Watts prueban las salidas del hombre con una amante. Un video del archivo telefónico muestra a las niñas cantando una canción sobre cómo su padre era su héroe.

Mientras ve eso, el espectador sabe que Shanann Watts no iba a volver a cruzar esa puerta con vida; que el amor, las vacaciones y los juegos eran solo una parte de la relación, cuyo lado oscuro no era instagrameable; que la dimensión de la tragedia familiar superaba ampliamente la posibilidad del arreglo; que lejos de ser el héroe de sus hijas Chris Watts fue su asesino a sangre fría.

—Papi, ¿qué le pasó a mamá? —preguntó Bella cuando vio que su padre cargaba el cuerpo de Shanann, según confesó luego de fingir que su familia había desaparecido y él la buscaba.

Dejó el cadaver de la mujer en la camioneta, donde lo llevaría para ocultarlo en un tanque en la refinería de petróleo donde trabajaba. Subió también a las niñas al vehículo.

—Papi, no —dijo luego Bella, cuando comprendió que, tras asfixiar a su hermana menor, su padre se disponía a hacer lo mismo con ella. La reproducción también es parte de la confesión del asesino múltiple.

Luego de los asesinatos Watts llamó a la escuela de sus hijas para avisar que no asistirían a clase; también a un agente inmobiliario para conversar sobre la venta de su casa; por último, a Kessinger. Como si nada hubiera sucedido.

Pero pronto -días después- su coartada se desvanecería y tendría que reconocer todo lo que había pasado: se declaró culpable de asesinato, interrupción ilegal de un embarazo y manipulación de cadáveres, entre otros cargos. Su colaboración con la fiscalía le permitió evitar la pena de muerte y recibir en cambio cinco condenas a prisión sin posibilidad de libertad condicional. Ya no podrá volver a su casa. El femicida morirá en prisión.

Chris Watts con su esposa Shannon embarazada de 34 años y sus hijas Bella, 4, y Celeste, 3
Chris Watts with his 34-year-old pregnant wife Shannon and their daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3

Chris Watts ‘is corresponding with multiple women’ from Wisconsin prisonmm

Chris Watts, who murdered his family two years ago and is now the subject of a mega-hit new Netflix true-crime documentary, has struck up correspondences with multiple women as he languishes under multiple life sentences in a Wisconsin prison, People magazine reports.

Marie Claire reports that one woman Chris Watts has written from prison is the author of a 2019 book chronicling his senseless murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two young daughters. The author has insisted that Chris told her that he premeditated the murders and that he plotted his wife’s death in particular for weeks.

According to the Daily Mail, the release of the documentary, “American Murder: The Family Next Door,” has left Chris in a “dark place” now that so much more of the country knows that he killed Shanann one tragic morning in August 2018, and then shortly after smothered their two daughters to death.

People magazine heard from a source who has spoken with Chris Watts in prison. This individual said that when Chris first began his sentence in November 2018 — he had pleaded guilty to all three murders and to the unlawful termination of a pregnancy — many women wrote to him and expressed empathy with his plight.

“He got a lot of letters at first,” says a source who has spoken with Watts in jail. “Many of them are from women who thought he was handsome and felt compassion for him. He had nothing better to do, so he wrote them back. And he started having penpals”

The source said that a couple of these women “stood out” and that Chris Watts has kept in contact with them.

Curiously enough, as the New York Daily News reports, these women have not been put off by the fact that Chris killed Shanann, put her in the back of the family car, put the girls in the back seat, drove out to a Colorado oil field where he worked, buried his wife, smothered his two little girls, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, to death, and then stuck their bodies in an oil tank. He has reported being forever haunted by one of the girls’ last words: “Daddy, no!”

“Believe it or not, no,” People’s source says of whether the pen pals are repulsed by such behavior in their convict crush. “They have compassion on him, despite what he did.”

Watts pleaded guilty to his heinous crimes so as to avoid the death penalty.

He was instead given five life sentences without the opportunity for parole. He’s doing the time at a maximum security prison in Waupun, Wis.

Chris Watts, who murdered his pregnant wife and 2 daughters, is communicating with women from prison: report

During the summer of 2018, the now-imprisoned Chris Watts struck up a torrid affair with a woman he met at his work in the oil business, Nichol Kessinger. She has firmly denied having had any awareness that her boyfriend had become homicidal. On the contrary, she reports that he told her that he was on the brink of divorce from his wife and that he never said anything about Shannan being pregnant.

Marie Claire conferred with author Cheryln Cadle, who published Letters From Christopher: The Tragic Confessions of the Watts Family in 2019. The woman began exchanging letters with Chris not long after he was put in prison.

Chris told the writer that he didn’t murder Shanann as impulsively as he had previously claimed. Previously, his official story was that he killed her in the heat of the moment during an early morning argument about their crumbling marriage.

Writing to the woman author from prison, Chris Watts said that after he tucked in his daughters the previous night, “I walked away and said, ‘That’s the last time I’m going to be tucking in my babies.”

He added, “I knew what was going to happen the day before and I did nothing to stop it. I was numb to the entire world,” according to a copy of the letter published by The Daily Mail.

Chris Watts’ Letters From Prison Reveal He Plotted in Advance to Kill His Wife and Daughters

In another letter to the woman author that was obtained by reporters at The Daily Mail, Chris Watts made abundantly clear how premeditated his murder of Shanann really was.

Shanann spent six weeks of the summer of 2018 visiting her family in North Carolina while Chris stayed back to work in Colorado. It was during that time that his affair with Nichol took off. As is abundantly clear in the Netflix documentary, Shanann was wise to the fact that something was not right in her marriage to Chris.

As the woman author learned from the letter Chris Watts wrote her from prison, he had spent much of that summer-romance period consumed with the thought of eliminating his wife from the equation. “All the weeks of me thinking about killing her, and now I was faced with it,” he wrote. By Devon Bell

The cursed house: the fate of the only thing left for Chris Watts, “the monster of Denver”

The house is one of the protagonists of the latest documentary presented by Netflix: American Murder, The Family Next Door. The cameras of police personnel who interrogate and kidnap material from inside the property show each of its corners, neat and spacious, that no one wants to live again.

Is that what was once a home has been for sale for two years but nobody wants to buy. The Watts acquired it in May 2013 – the date of its construction – for $ 400,000, when none of the little ones had yet been born. It was where “the monster from Denver” and Shanann had planned to live forever until the brutal femicide ended those dreams.

Today, mired in debt and unable to produce, Watts tries to fill those financial holes with what little he has left. His house located at 2825 Saratoga Trl is the main capital: it was valued at 645 thousand dollars. But it is your lender who owns the mortgage repossessed the house to collect that money. But no one bought it within a year of it went on sale, so the county pulled it out of foreclosure.

Nobody comes to visit her, nor do they ask about sales. Nobody wants that eight-room property that they see as “cursed” and to which tourists and neighbors come to take pictures of that place where the unexpected happened in the early morning of August 13, 2018.

“She is not getting any offers because people know the sordid history of the house and nobody wants it. It just stays in limbo until a creditor comes along and tries a foreclosure again, ”Denver-based bankruptcy attorney Clark Dray told Realtor.

“Usually at least the mortgage company will try to buy the house so they can resell it,” Dray said. According to the investor analyst, that could mean that the house does not reach a good value or simply … nobody acquires it. As time passes, its price will suffer significant reductions. “The longer the house is unoccupied, the greater the discounts. And it’s been unoccupied for two years, ”says real estate appraiser and property damage specialist Orell Anderson of Strategic Property Analytics. And she adds: “When children are involved, the discounts are higher. People don’t really like that, “in reference to Bella and Celeste’s murder.