It’s easy to know in hindsight, but infidelity lies at the heart of the Chris Watts case. While researching this case I wanted to see the instances, in particular the very first instances, where law enforcement asked Watts about infidelity. There are a few, but the first, captured on Coonrod’s body camera where he asks Watts whether his separation with Shan’ann is “civil” camera is perhaps the most significant.
I was pleased to see Lifetime dramatized it, even if the execution was poor.
1. “Did you guys have any kinda of issues…marital issues or…?”
It is interesting how the dramatization gets subtle aspects wrong. Nickole Atkinson isn’t around when Coonrod mentions this in reality, and I’m not sure if it’s fair to say she was unaware that the couple had marital issues. What is true is Watts was claiming the separation was more formalized, more established than it really was. Also, in the Lifetime movie the actor says quite assertively, “We’re separated.” Chris Watts puts a milder touch to it, stuttering, “We’re going through a separation.”
2. Sex with Nichol Kessinger
Although everyone is aware of it, and everyone seems to think they know this case inside out, it’s clear the five week period Watts and Kessinger together felt like a honeymoon for both of them. It’s because of the spark and electricity of these encounters that Watts was largely desperate to keep the new relationship viable. And since Watts was somewhat inexperienced with the opposite sex, one can imagine the spell being cast over him being much stronger as a result when he found himself in a position of a coworker pursuing him.
3. Shan’ann on social media but seen from the perspective of a third party.
4. Nut Gate.
Although not explictly referred to there is a scene where Shan’ann mentions not wanting their children to sleep at the Watts home.
5. Deeter Gate
This scene is slightly more explicit than Nut Gate.
One can see how both Nut Gate and Deeter Gate raised the pressure on Watts to find a solution to his marital dilemma.
6. Watts is depicted as not happily married.
7. Not dramatizing the driveway.
[Points 8 – 13 will be provided on Patreon].