Netflix fans 'in tears and broken' at American Murder: The Family Next Door's true story of man who killed own kids
AMERICAN Murder: The Family Next Door left viewers horrified as it dove into a sickening true crime story.
The documentary explores the crimes of Chris Watts, 35, who brutally murdered his wife Shanann, 34, as well as their two daughters Bella and Celeste, aged four and three.
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Along with exploring how the couple met, the doc used excerpts of raw footage used in the murder investigation – and suffice to say it made for a harrowing watch.
To try and cover his tracks, Watts initially lied and claimed that his wife had gone on the run with his children.
Clips used include police visiting Watts at his family home, as well as Watts willingly carrying out a polygraph test as police put his lies under the microscope.
The synopsis for the show, which dropped on Netflix last week, reads: "Using raw, firsthand footage, this documentary examines the disappearance of Shanann Watts and her children, and the terrible events that followed."
Meanwhile Netflix said of the documentary on social media: "When Shanann Watts and her kids went missing, all eyes turned to her husband Chris.
"American Murder: The Family Next Door brings this shocking crime to life through the text messages Shanann sent before she was murdered.”
Viewers were left shaken by the case and took to Twitter to air their thoughts.
One wrote: "Takes a lot to bring me to tears. But the last 15 mins of this has broken me. I actually shed a few tears and not an emotional guy, but this got me."
A second chimed in: "I'm sick to my stomach over this Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door."
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A third added: "Gotta be one of the hardest things I've ever watched."
While a fourth confessed: "American Murder on Netflix made my heart wrench."
Others called the footage "deeply disturbing" and "plucked straight from [their] nightmares."
American Murder: The Family Next Door is available to stream on Netflix now.
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