There are so many cases of femicide every week, but the story of Shanann Watts has made headlines this week because of her husband’s emotional video plea for their ‘safe return.’ Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant when she was killed, along with her two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.
Chris Watts, now accused of killing his wife and two children, told police that they were ‘missing’ after he and his wife ‘had an emotional conversation.’ He put out a video plea asking them to come home.
This incredible display of sociopathic behavior is pretty normal for domestic abusers, who are often really good at deceiving the public and pretending to be innocent as long as possible.
This story has also sent shockwaves, because people are still apparently surprised at the events because the couple seemed so happy on Facebook.
The 34-year-old woman often updated her Facebook with pictures of her kids and husband, leaving posts like “I love this man! He’s my ROCK!” back in May.
“It’s 2018, but in many families, there is still shame associated with being a victim of domestic violence, and survivors often try to ‘put a good face’ on the relationship,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “We don’t know whether there had been violence during their marriage, but it would not be surprising that Shanann tried to project a positive image to her friends and colleagues, both on and off of social media.”
Christopher has since confessed to their murders and is now facing six charges ― three for first-degree murder and three for tampering with evidence.