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Coonrod: Did she have the kids with her last night? Chris Watts: Yes…

At 41:25 in the clip below Chris Watts tries to imply that Shan’ann was with the kids “last night”. Then he corrects himself, telling Coonrod he was with the kids all weekends. He hastily throws in an alibi, while he’s at it: he took them to a birthday party Sunday.

During my initial research into the case, before information emerged about the birthday party, I thought it was possible the children had been killed on Saturday, or even earlier. This shows the importance not only of the party, but Watts taking photos at the party showing evidence of them being alive and him looking after them and entertaining them.

Also worth watching, at 40:43 Coonrod asks Watts if his kids take any medication. If Watts used 80mg Oxycodone to drug and kill his daughters, this question should have made him nervous. Does he look nervous?

Notice also how he role plays reaching for the neck area while describing the pharmacodynamics of the active ingredients…

Full Confession Video: Chris Watts Re-enacts Shan’ann’s Murder – but there’s a problem

At 18:04:56 on the CCTV counter in Squad Interview Room 2 Chris Watts begins to “sympathize” with the events that played out that night. By that I mean he begins to make gestures to explain what he’s saying.

The entire “re-enactment” lasts about 45 seconds.

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It should be seen and listened to in context, however. Watts is being asked what it felt like [killing his wife], how long it took and what he was doing. This is worth reviewing from 1:26:20 in the video along with the transcript.

Special Agent Grahm Coder asks Watts whether Shan’ann screamed.

CODER: Was she talking? Was she scratching you?

WATTS: I-I-uh-I-I didn’t…I just felt…such anger…that…none-nothing-I didn’t feel anything.

CODER: Oh yeah. Alright. Was it quick or slow? Was it…?

WATTS [Gesturing]: I felt so numb I felt like it was over [gestures with his hands]…

CODER: Fast? Over fast?

WATTS [Gestures]: Felt like…

CODER: Was it a choke like this [gestures] or was it a head lock [gestures]?

Agent Tammy Lee who also did his polygraph test, interrupts and gesturing, asks Watts to hold out his hand and show how he choked Shan’ann [in his scenario to them] on the bed.

She also asks Watts to describe how Shan’ann killed the children, and Watts objects, saying the monitors were black and white, but also that it was dark.

There’s a serious problem in Watts’ description here? Do you see it?

I provide deeper analysis and an answer to this puzzling aspect in RAPE OF CASSANDRA, my fourth book on the Watts case, coming in early December.