My Daddy is a Hero: How Chris Watts Went from Family Man to Family Killer by Lena Derhally

My Daddy is a Hero: How Chris Watts Went from Family Man to Family Killer by Lena Derhally

My Daddy is a Hero: How Chris Watts Went from Family Man to Family Killer by Lena Derhally

Chris Watts was a family man. Everybody, including his family, believed that. Yet, on August 13, 2018, he murdered Shanann, his pregnant wife, and two young daughters, burying Shanann and their unborn son in a shallow grave and dumping their daughters’ bodies in separate oil tanks.

As terrible as his story is, it is also a warning because, to this day, living behind bars, Watts is still acting out the character traits that made him kill in the first place.

In this, the first and only psychological exploration of the Watts family murders, psychotherapist Lena Derhally has pieced together the crime, the events leading to it, and most of all, her beliefs about the “why,” including the fact that Chris Watts—now a self-described “man of God”—is not in the least remorseful about killing his family.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Domestic violence resulting in death
  • Murder
  • Death of a child