On Saturday, Season 3 of Oxygen’s “Criminal Confessions” will premiere with an analysis of Chris Watts’ murder confession. The series from executive producer Dick Wolf examines the “psychological showdown that takes place inside actual police interrogation rooms and dissects what happens to yield a confession,” per IMDb.
In the season premiere, the series will take a closer look at what went on during Chris Watts’ confession. Ultimately, the Colorado resident would admit to killing his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two young daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 on Aug. 13, 2018. He is currently serving five consecutive life sentences at a Wisconsin prison without the possibility of parole.
In a press release, Wolf discussed the upcoming episodes. “For the past two seasons, we have given viewers an inside look into the investigation of criminals, with an emphasis on the psychological component of confessions,” he said, adding, “Our third season will be even better, and will continue to give crime buffs insight into a side of police work that has never been examined before.”
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In a short clip posted to Oxygen’s site, Agent Tammy Lee, who had been one of the law enforcement officials to interview Watts about his crimes, described her private concerns she had had when he had requested to speak privately with his dad at the time.
“When Chris asked to talk to his dad, it was immediately concerning for Special Agent Coder and myself. We didn’t know where Ronnie’s [Chris' dad] head was. We didn’t know if Ronnie was out in the lobby upset, if he was like, ‘Why is my kid back there so long?’” she shared. Lee then stated that they had to make a “split second decision” and decide what their best route in securing a confession would be.
Even though this is the first time that investigators and those who worked on the case have spoken about specific methods used to draw out Watts’ confession, several law enforcement officials have previously opened up about the personal trauma they experienced after working the case.
As for Watts’ life following his sentencing, he recently revealed new details about the crimes in a series of letters to author Cheryln Cadle for her book, “Letters From Christopher: The Tragic Confessions of the Watts family Murders.” During his conversations with Cadle, Watts also said that he believes a “darkness” inside of him contributed to the horrific crimes.
Additionally, it has been reported that he is in “his own private hell” at the prison. However, he still continues to receive female visitors several times a week.
The Chris Watts episode of “Criminal Confessions” will air Saturday at 6:00 p.m. EST on Oxygen.