It’s time for a Jerry Maguire moment. Around the Watts case I mean. Are you ready for it? Are we all wearing our friends hats, because unless we’ve got our friends hats on, how can we speak plainly to each other about this? And when we speak plainly it stings. So get ready for some stinging.
On HLN recently the reporter described the incredible detail of the 13 minute submission by the District Attorney. Detailed? Really? Then she regurgitated the District Attorney’s bogus motive verbatim as if it was gospel, and then had an expert psychotherapist mindfuck the idea into the brains of the mainstream.
I don’t know what Robi Ludwig meant when she said the problem with divorce is that it can be “timely”, but what I do know is if Watts’ motive was that all he wanted was a fresh start with his new girlfriend – if that was the sum total of it – then why would he decline to just say that?
If the District Attorney was going to say it on his behalf, and that’s what it was, why not just say it? Why not tell the cops, or his parents? “Mom, dad, I don’t know what I was thinking. Shucks, I just wanted a fresh start, you know.”
The actual answer is because – for reasons of lock-in, because Watts was an introvert, and because of very particular scenarios and dynamics inside the marriage that had to do with status, her work, his earning capacity and more that we won’t go into here – Watts felt murder was the easier option.
He was in a bind he couldn’t get out of.
We stand on the other side of the rainbow and judge him, but no matter what we think, he thought – being in his marriage – murder was going to be the easier way to get out of it than actually trying to leave and divorce. He said he wanted to leave. For whatever reason he was having trouble leaving. A lot of trouble.
Uh…has that ever happened in a marriage? Where one spouse is like…I dunno…sort of…trapped? Where the other refuses to divorce no matter what?
One oh-so-obvious symptom of a potential lock-in factor was the pregnancy. Having a pregnant wife while having an affair is a de facto scenario for being torn in two. Where the pregnant spouse [and unborn child] are both murdered, doesn’t that seem like a very clear expression from the husband that neither the wife nor the child are wanted. Instead their unwanted. But the mistress is wanted, in fact, very much so. He can think of little else. Why is that so difficult to comprehend?
When Shan’ann hollered on social media that he was so excited and that it was all his idea was it true?
Or was this an attempt to lock-him in and chase his mistress away? Don’t sniff at the possibility. Maybe it was a possibility and maybe it wasn’t, but if it WAS a possibility, can you imagine Chris Watts being pretty pissed off with the state of affairs. Especially if he’d communicated with her that he wanted out, while she was twisting his arm in public assuring everyone he really, really, really wanted in.
If the first thing he did after committing the murders was call a realtor to put the house he couldn’t afford to pay on the market, why would he be delirious and crying with joy at the prospect of having a third baby and another small mountain of bills and obligations?
Why, during his Sermon on the Porch, would he look clean-shaven, relieved, almost happy at the prospect that he’d cast his “burdens” from his shoulders, in fact, made them “vanish” to use his word. Not a single tear about the baby he wanted so much that morning, and in court, only a single a single tear when it was all over. That tear seemed more about the grief he’d caused his own parents, than the pain he inflicted as one.
Moreover, Cindy Watts said in an interview that he wasn’t excited about the child. Did she make that up? Why would she? Surely it would paint a better portrait of her son to say he was excited and proud to be a dad again if that was the case.
But it wasn’t. And he tried to go along with it until he felt he simply couldn’t. She wouldn’t let him and so something eventually snapped in his mind.
If the motive to murder is 100% accurate, that Watts simply wanted a fresh start with his new girlfriend, then America better watch out. It means any time anyone wants a fresh start they’re going to commit murder, double murder, triple murder, whatever it takes to taste that free air again. Apparently “wanting a fresh start” is now considered a real motive by law enforcement and court room professionals these days. Who knew?