The Watts family house.
Crime Scene Location in Frederick, Colorado, United States.
This is the house where Chris Watts lived with his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two children, Bella (4) and Celeste (3).
After killing his wife at this house, Chris drove his two children to his worksite near Roggen and then murdered them.
The case received worldwide notoriety, especially after the release of the Netflix documentary "American Murder: The Family Next Door".
On August 13th, 2018, Shanann's friend Nickole Atkinson became concerned after she failed to turn up for an appointment.
Despite ringing the doorbell and sending multiple text messages, Nickole received no response.
Knowing that this was extremely out of character, Nickole decided to contact Shanann's husband and the police department.
A subsequent welfare check by the Frederick police department showed no sign of Shanann or the two girls. Shanann's car was still parked in the garage, and her phone and medication were found inside the house.
On August 14th, Chris Watts stood outside of this house and pleaded on local television for his family to return.
Christ Watts is arrested.
The next day, he was arrested by police and forced to undergo a polygraph test. After failing the polygraph test, he eventually admitted to killing Shanann.
Although Chris initially tried to blame the murders of Bella and Celeste on his wife, his story did not hold up to scrutiny.
On August 16th, 2018, the bodies of his two children were discovered in oil tanks at his worksite. Shanann's remains were also found buried nearby.
On November 6th, 2018, Chris Watts pleaded guilty to multiple counts of first-degree murder.
Two weeks later, he was sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Where is the Watts family house?
Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.
The GPS coordinates for the house are as follows.
- Latitude: 40.090719
- Longitude: -105.000554
Open 40.090719, -105.000554 in Google Maps to view directions on how to get there.
The full address for this location is:
2825 Saratoga Trail
It is situated at the end of Steeple Rock Drive. The entrance to the neighborhood is on Aggregate Boulevard, which is west of Frederick.
Details about the general area.
Frederick is a small town in the north of Colorado. It is about 30 miles north of Denver.
Private property warning.
This is a private property. It is not a public place. Therefore, you should be respectful and not step foot on the property without permission.
Trivia and other information.
- Zillow estimates that the house is worth $702,600. However, that estimate is probably high, as it doesn't take the house's history into account.
- It was built in 2013. It is 4,177 sqft in size and has five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
- As of 2021, there have been no bids for the property because of its history.
- When Chris Watts found out that his wife was pregnant, he tried to force her to have a miscarriage by secretly giving her a painkiller called oxycontin.
- According to letters he wrote to a pen pal, Chris had been planning the murder for weeks.
- He tried to smother his two daughters at the house. However, they both "woke up".
- Chris and Shanann met in 2010 after he sent her a friend request on Facebook. They were married in November of 2013.
- The last Google Street View images of the neighborhood were taken in 2012, a year before the house was built.
Photos of the house and other related images.
Aerial photograph of the house.
This is an aerial photograph of the house. It sits across from the intersection between Saratoga Trail and Steeple Rock Drive.
The location where Chris Watts buried his wife and daughters.
This is a satellite photograph of the location where Chris Watts buried his wife and daughters. Bella (4) and Celeste (3) were discovered in two oil tankers on the site, whereas his wife was found buried nearby.
This property is owned by the Anadarko Oil and Gas company. At the time, Chris worked for the company as an oil field operator. The site is roughly 40 miles away from his house. It would have taken him around 50 minutes to drive here.
Coordinates: 40.216311, -104.366954
This is a screenshot from drone footage of authorities investigating the site.
The Watts family.
Photographs of the Watts family during happier times.
Police body cam footage shows that Shanann's friend, Nickole Atkinson, immediately realized that something was off.
During the welfare check, Shanann's phone and medication were discovered inside of the house. Furthermore, her car was still parked in the garage.
This led to suspicions that the young mother had not left on her own accord.
No signs of foul play.
In this body cam footage, a police officer peers in through the window by the front door. However, the living room looks untouched and there are no obvious signs of foul play.
The neighbor's CCTV.
During the welfare check, the police officer visited Watts' next-door neighbor. While they were reviewing CCTV footage of the neighbor's driveway, Chris put his hands on his head and started to look worried. It is possible that he didn't realize the security camera reached so far into his own driveway.
As they were watching the footage, the neighbor who owned the CCTV camera seemed concerned by Chris' body language. In the body cam footage, you can see the neighbor repeatedly looking over at him.
As soon as the neighbor was alone with the reporting officer, he pointed out that Chris "wasn't acting right" and that he was "rocking back and forth".
Affair with Nichol Kessinger.
Chris Watts met a woman called Nichol Kessinger at his workplace in June of 2018. Shortly afterwards, they began an affair. On the day of the murder, Chris texted Nichol to say that his family had "gone".
Nate Trinastich owned the CCTV camera that Chris was captured on.
While speaking to the responding officer, he said that it was strange how Chris pulled his truck right up to the garage. According to Nate, Chris never did this in the past. Instead, he would simply carry his toolbox out of the house and then walk back and forth if he needed to.
On June 17th, 2018, Shanann posted a Father's Day message about Chris. In the post, she stated that they were "blessed" to have him. She also spoke about how they were expecting their third child.
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