A Quick Word on Chris Watts’ Work Truck

How many vehicles did the Watts family own? We know Shan’ann had a new white Lexus. Chris Watts had a “work truck”. Wasn’t there a third vehicle? Well, there should have been, since Shan’ann bragged early on about both of them earning their Thrive auto bonuses straight out the gate.


When the police impounded Chris Watts’ the work truck [as described in the first TWO FACE book] it was this vehicle.


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It doesn’t look particularly new or particularly spiffy, does it? This truck is also referred to in the 2015 bankruptcy filing, which means it’s at least three years old, but more likely even older, probably a 2012 – 2014 model.

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We know that when the Watts’ moved to Frederick from North Carolina in 2012, it was part of a work transfer for Chris. He worked as a mechanic at a Ford Dealership, and Shan’ann worked in internet sales for the same company. Hence the Daily Beast quoting Greg Alore about the dynamic he observed between his married employees at the Ford dealership.

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It’s likely Chris Watts got his “work truck” from the Ford Dealership, and perhaps Anadarko assisted with the payments when it became “their” work truck, when Chris Watts started working for them as an operator in early 2015. That was the year they filed for bankruptcy [06/05/2015], and the year their second child Celeste was born [in July 2015, about a month after the filing].

The truck appears to be a 2012 Ford Super Duty F-250 SRW Lariat. It has a retail value of about $33 000.



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It’s also possible Chris Watts used his auto bonus to help pay for this vehicle, and it’s entirely probable he was still paying the vehicle off six years after buying it, perhaps on a hire-purchase type deal.
No other vehicles besides this vehicle and Shan’ann’s vehicle appear in their social media. What this shows, possibly, is a clear difference between the approaches of the husband and the wife to spending, and to financing – including big acquisitions.

In keeping with his personality, Chris Watts seemed more conservative in his spending. And in keeping with Shan’ann’s mushrooming extroversion, she seems to be less conservative in her spending and saving choices.

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7 thoughts on “A Quick Word on Chris Watts’ Work Truck

  1. This is morbid, but it looks like there is enough room in that backseat to put one body on the floor and stack two on the seat. A “super duty” truck.


    • It does but hundreds of fragments of the girls’ hairs were found in the rear bucket area. It seems unlikely that he’d travel out in the open with the bodies there, too risky, but on the other hand, there’s a risk of cadaver odor and blood leaking and soiling the upholstery on the inside of his truck – as infamously happened to Casey Anthony. So it’s hard to say either way at this point.


      • Chris Watts does seem to be rather a neat freak, doesn’t he? He ties up the backyard swingset with some kind of cord so that he can mow under them, he makes perfect criss-cross lines with his lawnmower in the front including the little strip, he likely edges the grass too, and weren’t the dishes washed and neatly stacked when the police came in for a look around? So he would also take pride in his truck, with it’s leather seating. I wonder if he put the bodies in a bag in the flatbed, then tied a tarp over them? He’d have to get big enough bags, maybe from work. Score another point for premeditation. But then we have a sheet, found at the scene, which suggests he yanked the bedding off the bed and wrapped a body with one of the sheets. If so, that would suggest several trips upstairs, and I don’t think he wanted to waste any time moving upstairs and downstairs, without lights on as well.

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      • I’ve been wondering who had the more OCD, him or her. I think her, but he may have OCD in a lot of ways we’re still unaware of.


    • I’m sorry; I had to laugh at the “Super Duty” truck reference. Gallows humor. Cops use it all the time. I think it preserves your sanity.


  2. Pingback: THIS is where Chris Watts worked before switching to become an Operator with Anadarko | True Crime Rocket Science / #tcrs

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