Text Messages Released in Watts Family Murder

CHARLOTTE, NC — More than 2,000 documents released in the murder case of Shanann Watts and her two daughters. Shanann’s husband Chris Watts pleaded guilty to the killings. Now Shanann’s text messages reveal more about the couple’s relationship.

Heartbreaking texts from Shanann Watts to a close friend reveal a crumbling marriage and a wife who can’t figure out why her husband seems to suddenly want a divorce.

Six days before she was murdered, Shanann texted a friend, “Chris told me last night he’s scared to death by this third baby. And he’s happy with just bella and Celeste and doesn’t want another baby.”

Remember, Shanann was pregnant with a boy, but doesn’t know it yet, when she tells her friend, “I’m supposed to go tomorrow for 4d ultrasound and gender. Gender reveal next Sat.”

“I just want to cry.”

“We’ve never had a problem in our relationship like this. No joke. NEVER. THIS IS TOTAL LEFT FIELD.”

Shanann’s friend tries to comfort her, texting “Aww honey, it will be okay… Just give him time. He’s adjusting to the idea of the baby. He’s scared. He shouldn’t be doing this to you but he’s a good guy, he will fix it.”

“What if he really doesn’t love me any more?!” asked Shanann.

“Not possible honey. He loves you,” answered her friend.

Shanann responds, “Tomorrow is 8 years we started dating.”

The next day Shanann tells her friend, “He said we are not compatible anymore! He refused to hug me…”

Shanann’s friend texts back “Go through his phone, make sure there is some other b**** I have to kill.”

When the friend suggests counseling, Shanann texts back, “He said he’s not sitting on no damn couch saying what he just said to me to no stranger.”

Shanann would soon add, “This baby in my belly deserves his full love.”

Finally Shanann messages, “Only thing I can think of even though I don’t think he has it in him is another girl.”

Chris Watts received five life sentences on Monday. He and Shanann married in Charlotte in 2012 before moving to Colorado. Shanann lived in Belmont until then.