Nathaniel Trinastich is mentioned twice in Chris Watts’ arrest affidavit; once in the actual narrative and once as a witness. It was Trinastich who provided investigators with the gamechanging video surveillance that showed not only Chris Watts backing up his truck and leaving on the morning of the murders, but also that no one else left the Watts home that morning.
Since the Watts home had its own cameras, it seemed unlikely Watts didn’t know the neighbors had one too. When Nickole Atkinson arrived at the house, Watts saw her on his porch camera [relayed to his smartphone].
When questioned about this, Watts apparently confirmed to Addy Molony that he knew about the camera at the Trinastich’s next door.
Nick Thayer also knew that Watts knew about Trinastich’s camera.
So if he knew he was on camera, why did he think he could get away with a triple homicide?
For starters the view of the driveway is blocked by a boundary tree, and also by the outer edge of the Watts residence [it juts forward]. So Watts was likely aware that while the surveillance video captured him, it couldn’t see everything he was doing, and since he went to work each day, the small area showing him leaving wouldn’t reveal any more than him simply leaving to go to work on an average work day.
Even so, Watts seems to take precautions by mostly loading the bodies on the side of the truck that’s opposite [and out of view] of surveillance camera. When he does appear on the camera side, he’s carrying what appears to be a red gas can or toolbox.
Watts himself is also dressed in dark clothes: a dark shirt, navy blue baggy trousers and black boots [though not the boots he normall wore].
In his haste to get dressed, probably due to frantic cleaning up operations inside the home [showering, vacuuming, wiping Shan’ann’s handset, cleaning, re-clothing Shan’ann’s body, doing the laundry, wrapping Shan’ann’s body in a sheet and the children in garbage bags] Watts forgets to tuck in his one trouser leg.
Watts also moves the pick-up forward slightly at some point during the operation, so that it’s completely obscured behind the neighbor’s tree. While the truck is idling, he also turns off the light that’s shining almost directly into the neighbor opposite’s window.
When he drives off, he turns left onto Steeple rock Drive, which is the shortest route out of the neighborhood, and the one he usually took on his daily communute. Conveniently it meant he didn’t drive into clear view of the camera. This also explains why Atkinson’s vehicle is seen arriving but not leaving.
The video below has incredible footage from August 13th at around 14:00, actually capturing Watts returning from CERVI 319 [actually he was at another well in the area, but relatively close to the dumping site], and rushing inside ahead of the cops.
Notice how he runs ahead down the basement while everyone else is on the main floor?
Notice below how Nicolas Atkinson starts eyeballing Watts…
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Screengrabs below are from the bodycam worn by an officer on Tuesday, August 14, the day after the murders, and shortly before Watts’ infamous Sermon on the Porch.
Above: The upstairs loft lounge area where Shan’ann’s phone and iwatch were found beneath two cushions.
And then detective Baumhover arrives. Notice Nicolas Atkinson doing his own investigation on the side while Watts is distracted talking to the detective.
The basement entrance is here, the door on the right, set back from the stairway, and halfway between the garage entrance and the lounge.
Here Watts appears to be almost jogging up the stairs.
Notice how the open basement door just over Watts left shoulder [right side of image] jutts out, potentially blocking the Vivint motion sensor to its immediate right.
As Watts is questioned here, he repeats the curling in of the upper lip thing, folds his arms and sways while he’s being asked a few questions. He has his head slightly down, like a naughty child not wanting to make eye contact. Even here his demeanor is so completely, it;s not even close. All those Thrive videos had perhaps given Watts the false idea that he could perform in front of the camera if he had to, and that he was a good actor.
Cadaver dog search – August 14:
The screengrabs below are from video sourced at this link. In the video one has the impression of a chaotic crime scene with the alarm blaring, Deeter barking the cops stumbling and bumbling about, filling in forms on the kitchen counter etc.
This last image wasn’t photographed at Saratoga Trail. It’s unclear where the photo was taken.
In a very low tone, Watts tells his father what [supposedly] happened. It’s so quiet, Ronnie has to lean forward to hear his son. Nevertheless, the mikes in the room pick up exactly what he tells his father.
At 15:15 in the Audio…
INVESTIGATOR: So you guys, yin and yang. Got along pretty well.
KESSINGER: Very well.
INVESTIGATOR: And at no time, never gave you any indication that-
KESSINGER [Interrupts]: None.
INVESTIGATOR:…he was having issues.
KESSINGER: [No response].
INVESTIGATOR: So during your dating time, did you spend most of the time at your place?
INVESTIGATOR: Okay, always at your place.
KESSINGER: I told, well…or, we’d go out. But um…I told Mark yesterday, he asked me if I went over there, and I told him one time that I’d been to the house. I’ve been to the house twice, but it was very, very brief, and it was not like an extended stay. I did not feel comfortable there, or like…I just didn’t wanna be there. It’s not my life. Like, that is somebody else’s life. And somebody else’s existence, and I respect that. That’s their space. And so I used to tell him, ‘Come to my house ‘cos this is our space, this is my space’. And so, for me, out for respect, like, for whatever situation he had going on, and the fact that it’s not my home, um, I felt it was better to be in my place. And I live alone; I don’t have any roommates or anything, so it’s pretty easy to do that.
INVESTIGATOR: So during June and July, were you aware that he…uh…that his family was not. Did you meet his children?:
KESSINGER [Quick]: No. And I didn’t want to.
KESSINGER: And he didn’t ask me to.
KESSINGER [Reconsiders]: I mean, not that I didn’t want to ever. It was just – not now. It was like ‘you’re not finalized with your separation. And not only that, we’ve barely been dating. Like, you can’t introduce kids to somebody new in a situation like that. That’s something that takes time. I mean: would I have liked to have met them, of course. They, you know, I mean…that would’ve been a great honor for me to have somebody introduce their children into my life. You know. And-and… But not that…. It was something that was like…well, let’s see where we’re at in six months. Let’s see where we’re at in a year. If we’re still doing this, and you and me are still, you know, happy with where we’re at, and you think this something that’s gonna be long term and is worth bringing your children into the picture, then yes, I would love to meet them. But it’s like, not right now. You are still in this situation where you’re not even completely out of it, and I’m getting in it, and that’s not fair for them. And that was kinda the policy I had with him. It was like yes, but not yet.
INVESTIGATOR: So did he ask to introduce you to his children.
KESSINGER: Not at that time. Both him and I were on the same page of…eventually, if things went as they should’ve…
INVESTIGATOR: I understand, you guys relationship was very new and young.
KESSINGER [Upbeat]: Yeah!
INVESTIGATOR: So…although it was short…I’m just laying everything out. Helps us actually understand what was going on with him. I’m not going to share some information…you may go what…it protects you, it protects our investigation. So if it seems weird, there’s a reason I’m asking-
KESSINGER: That’s fine.
INVESTIGATOR: It’s usually relative to what I know. Um, so, don’t take offence to it. And it’s just, part of what we need to know. Um…
KESSINGER [Sighs]: Understood.
INVESTIGATOR: So you went to his house on two occasions. Was that recent?
KESSINGER [Croaky]: No. That was like, pretty early into it. And I…I did not like it, did not wanna go back.