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Watts Family Photos April/May 2017

The first photos are of Shan’ann as a young child. When Bella saw them she recognized herself. During April and May 2017 Shan’ann punts Thrive events in Dallas and Toronto. Chris Watts writes “love letters” of support to Shan’ann on the sachets of Thrive products using a black magic marker.



  1. LW

    The first pics broke my whole heart. I can’t imagine having a precious baby girl, watching her grow up, watching her have precious children of her own, only to have it end LIKE THIS😭

    • Kaye

      It’s a tragedy that they seemed happy in these photos, living everyday challenges and delights, not realizing the time was ticking down to just about one year left. When you smile into the camera, you never ever think about that.

  2. CBH

    I can see both Bella and CeCe in Shanann’s childhood pics.

  3. Diana

    The photo of Bella and CeCe sitting on the floor with their backs to the camera watching tv while Bella has her arm around CeCe is so precious! For as goofy and fun-loving as CeCe was, Bella seemed more of an introvert like her dad, who took her big sister role very seriously. Too bad Chris didn’t take his role of protecting Bella, or CeCe for that matter, as seriously as Bella did in looking out for her little sister.

    • CBH

      The worst part is, he really was a warm and loving father to them, as Shannan herself said repeatedly. He was an excellent father right up until he murdered them both.

  4. Amanda

    WOW Nikole Atkinson lost a TON of weight on Thrive..or whatever she did.

  5. Pasha

    I can’t imagine doting on your husband, saying what a great father he is, receiving love notes from him……and then a year later he plans the murders of you and the children. No matter how far I dig, this case still makes no sense to me.

  6. Jerry Manziel

    G-d bless those beautiful little girls, keep and protect them. Every man would have given everything to have the love of those girls and that family, yet this satanic deranged creature from the lagoon wasn’t satisfied.

  7. Whitney turner

    Seeing these pics makes me smile, those babies had a good life. They all had a good life its so sad that their lives was taken away from them. Seeing Chris interact with the girls and the picture of him helping cece drink her juice, he just seemed like a wonderful father but pictures lie, he was the devil I just wonder why! Why take those innoceng lives! Poor babies. Rest in peace beautiful angels

  8. Diana

    People see in photos and video of Chris helping to care for his kids. I know most would not agree with me, but I don’t see a loving, doting father. I see a dad caring for his kids as more out of a sense of duty, as Shan’ann told him to do this or that for Bella or CeCe and he obeyed. Remember, Chris avoided confrontation at all costs! He probably avoided confrontation with the kids too. I say that I don’t see a loving father mostly because I don’t see him cuddling and kissing on the kids as Shan’ann did. And I’ll be the first to admit that perhaps knowing what was to come clouded my opinion? Regardless, look through photos and very rarely does he kiss and cuddle with those kids. He’s more like……..”I better do what I’m told to keep Shan’ann from bitching while she does her videos”!

    • Tonya

      I agree. I’ve always thought that too. He seems to be just going through the motions to sustain his “good guy” image.
      I don’t believe that he ever loved them 🤷🏻‍♀️ because if he ever did, he wouldn’t be able to do what he did to them. 💔

  9. L

    Oh, and did anyone else check the handwriting on the Thrive packets with the love letters Chris wrote NK? I wondered if maybe Shan’ann had wrote the messages to make it seem like Chris was an awesome husband. But, the handwriting (granted I’m not an expert at handwriting analysis) seems to match Chris’s writing.

  10. L

    I thought my first comment went through, but I don’t see it posted now.

    • L

      I have thoughts and questions on these but my comments aren’t going through anymore???

  11. ggmissmolly

    No One is Commenting on ALL The Visual Evidence Credit Card Expenses-: I see above.: All the containers; dress; gifts; pretty ‘crafty’ visuals….

    ..are all OVER Budget for a family in debt. ..for anyone unable to make their basics…Why is this OBVIOUS spending ‘pattern.’ -Not more thoroughly examined. No one is implementing real ‘solutions’ other than occasional superficial ‘money-saving’ references. Given all the references to ‘Medical Issues’ and ‘Medical Expenses,’ I find it curious that there are no ‘Psychological Medical Expenses’Given all her medical visits, referrals for counseling was LIKELY given to Shannon. (her Birth Certificate name spelling would interest me-given her father referring to his daughter SHANNON at the end of the trial)

    • Jessica Chipman

      As a mother with a family with a similar salary (though both parents work out of the home) looking at the over spending gives me anxiety! The house alone that they couldn’t afford was a major factor in this tragedy. The new furniture to match the mansion, the décor to match the mansion in every room (meanwhile I have old ugly couches but can’t afford new ones right now so guess what, we make them last longer until we can. You don’t just put them on a credit card!). Custom made t shirts and even custom easter baskets when you can grab some for $1. The posh preschool is another galling expense. The children were far to young to be going from 8-4 all week! My kids would do 3 hours at 4-5 years old and by then they were tired and missing me. It was hard on them to do a full day of school for first grade even. Constant manicures and the Thrive! You can see why she was attracted to it. It gave Shan’ann instant gratification- It was the perfect cover for the reason the kids needed to go to day care all day, made her feel important (attention?) and was again the perfect cover for having to take vacations all the time. I am gobsmacked how they were able to keep up this lifestyle for so long! that’s not to mention the constant hospital visits. That said, the children are adorable. I wish their parents had gotten counseling for budgeting from an accountant or something, marital counseling or that Chris could have afforded divorce and pulled the plug before the insane third pregnancy decision. I wish Chris could have reached out to somebody before doing things the selfish way. I wish somebody would have given them the hard truth. Buy food, pay your bills and mortgage for an affordable house and feel lucky to be able to do it, shop at second hand, get a real job or actually watch your kids, and with kids you can’t afford vacation! The way they should have been living was like night and day.

      • Mariah

        I’ve been boggled how she built a big home before Chris, and where did the equity go from that place? Did it all go into this one? It’s none of my business I know, but I’m wondering what happened. She was responsible with money prior to meeting Chris it seems. I’m wondering if the Thrive products give people a type of high and low? There are medications and supplements that can spur someone responsible with money into shopping addictions and a keep-up-with-the-Joneses lifestyle. I wonder if this happened with the Thrive products.

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