Colorado killer Chris Watts moved to Midwest prison for "safety reasons"

Blanche Robertson
December 8, 2018

Sandra and her husband, Frank Rzucek, said their 34-year-old daughter had commented that her husband was acting strangely and growing distant. They told ABC's "20/20" they believed Shanann was in a happy marriage, but something changed just before the killings.

In a clip from the episode, set to air on Friday, Rzucek said the alleged estrangement had been going on for a "few weeks, maybe a month" before Shanann and her two girls were killed in August.

"I just said, 'Give him space, ' you know", Sandra said, according to People.

"Her dream was to help her entire family", Sandra said.

In police interview footage, convicted murderer Chris Watts claims to not want to blame his two daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, for the disconnect between he and his wife, who he would eventually murder.

Chris Watts initially put out a plea for his family's return and denied having anything to do with their disappearance.

Frank Rzucek the father of Shanann Watts left and her brother Frankie Rzucek are in court for Christopher Watts arraignment hearing
Frank Rzucek the father of Shanann Watts left and her brother Frankie Rzucek are in court for Christopher Watts arraignment hearing

The Rzuceks said their daughter was a good mother who "would do anything for her children". The woman, a co-worker, said Watts told her he and his wife were separating.

While it may have seemed like the mother of two had the flawless little family, in reality things were quite different as her husband, dubbed a "heartless monster", had started seeing one of his colleagues and wanted to separate from his wife, even searching "marrying your mistress" on Google, Insider reports.

The Colorado Department of Corrections says Watts was moved for "safety reasons" but did not clarify why.

Watts pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life behind bars.

Watts received life in prison without the possibility of parole, which will run consecutively, for three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste.

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