This is where Chris Watts’ father Ronnie works

62-year-old Ronnie Watts is mentioned twice in the arrest affidavit. Chris Watts’ father was close enough to his son to be there for him [having flown in at short notice from Spring Lake, North Carolina] and to be his confidant at a critical time: immediately before his son confessed to the cops.

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We don’t know much about Chris Watts’ father besides that they both share the middle name “Lee” [and Niko was supposed to inherit that middle name too], that they still live in a modest cottage on Vass Road outside Spring Lake, that Watts senior is a mechanic, that they seem to have the same shoulder tattoos and that his son following in his father’s footsteps means something.

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We also see that Watts junior’s appearance is similar to his father’s – short head hair, neat goatee.

Ronnie’s current place of work in Fayetteville also bears a striking similarity to Chris Watts’ former workplace at large Ford dealership in Longmont.

The Watts family, as group, seems to have strong family values. Since Chris Watts’ social media is unavailable, there are precious few artifacts to go on. But the few that exist speak of closeness between father and son, and between the Watts-in-laws and the their son’s growing family. They even spent two weeks in the Watts home babysitting while the young couple holidayed in Punto Cana in the Dominican Republic.

However we may feel about Chris Watts and his crimes, he’s still someone’s son, he still has a mother, he even has a sibling we know virtually nothing about. We may not know or care about these dynamics, but in terms of trial optics and public feeling towards the defendant, they’re likely to be important. Will his family continue to support him no matter what? Scott Peterson’s family did. Casey Anthony’s family did [at least during trial]. James Holmes folks stood by him. Jodi Arias’ family…sort of…did.

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When family support is unequivocal for an accused, it creates a weird dual universe. The whole Steven Avery spiel is a classic example of two separate contradictory realities playing out in the media and in court. There’s the reality of the trial, and there’s often a competing no-one-understands [fill-in-the-defendant’s-name] like we do reality, and never the twain shall meet.

If the above images are anything to go on, Ronnie is a devoted dad and will dutifully stand by his son in some capacity. Was he in court during the arraignment though? Shan’ann’s father and brother were conspicuously present in the front row. If Ronnie was in the house, no one saw him.

Cross Creek Subaru, Ronnie Watts’ workplace, is a short 13.5 mile drive from their home on Vass Road.

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Chris Watts’ parents and Sha’nann’s parents live and work fairly close to one another in North Carolina. Don’t be too quick to judge the parents of a defendant. If you were in their shoes would you support your own flesh and blood, or write them off, or support them surreptitiously and privately? Pray you never find yourself in their position where you’re called on to make that choice.

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11 thoughts on “This is where Chris Watts’ father Ronnie works

  1. Of course I’ve thought of this – would I support for example, my son, if he killed his girlfriend of the last five years? I know I’ve supported him for every other scrape (live long enough and we all have “scrapes”). How would that support show itself I wonder. Would I be in denial that he could do such a thing, would I trash the victim, would I offer him a NARRATIVE that could help him beat the rap? I won’t answer that here, but leave the question for others to ponder.

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    • Do we know that Chris’s dad offered him a narrative, or is that speculation at this point? I have one daughter, who at 33, as far as I know, has never had a “scrape.” However, I have observed her bullying her husband and have spoken up in his defense. As far as what I would do if she committed a heinous crime, I would be asking myself what I did wrong in her upbringing, as I have related to her behavior.

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  2. No, I don’t know that Ronnie offered Chris a narrative, but Chris did say he would “tell the truth” after he had spoken with is Dad. So I think they conferred at the very least.

    I count teenage drinking as a scrape. Girls and boys, but the law came down harder on him.

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  3. I’m sorry, Pauline. I did not mean to insinuate that a scrape could be a major crime. When someone says a scrape I assume it’s a minor infraction.

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  4. Oh no no Cheryl, nothing to be sorry for. He was driving drunk, and when pulled over jumped a fence and attempted to flee. So it was perhaps more than a scrape. He AND his friends were in that mindset – they had watched so many of those videos of cops chasing people and thought it was funny. “What you gonna do when they come for you bad boys bad boys bad boys.” Remember those videos?

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    • Thank you Pauline. Yes—I remember. Raising children is the most complex and difficult job of all. I sometimes marvel that there’s not some kind of basic training/licensing. I mean we have to do it to drive a car, right? On the other hand, there are still a lot of terrible and abusive drivers, and requiring training and/or licensing to have children would get into all kinds of civil liberty issues.

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  5. Maybe this is relevant or maybe not.
    I come from a narcissist family and the dynamics are often super weird between the Golden Child (who can’t be wrong for the narcissist parents) and the parents. While the scape goat cannot do anything right, the golden child is usually never wrong and usually is encouraged to follow and mimic the Narcissist parent(s).
    My older brother looks exactly like my dad when he was younger, but on top of it, he dresses like him, follows the same hobbies (although he admitted he didn’t like them), have the same job, etc.
    My brother and my father are so enmeshed into that weird dynamic, and my brother simply cannot do no wrong because my father seems him like himself, and narcs cannot do anything wrong.
    I honestly don’t know if this is what we are seeing here, and I don’t know if a healthy parent would support their kids forever no matter what.
    But I can tell you one thing : The lack of accountability/blaming Shan’aan for the kids deaths/the victimization Of CW when he killed at least one person – That’s classic NPD parents that will blame everyone but their dear baby. So I think “he would tell the truth after speaking with his dad” was actually “my dad will tell me what to say because I need his approval”

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    • A Golden Child believes they can get away with murder. Scott Peterson had that psychology down pat. There seems to be a horrible, reinforcing mechanism between narcissism-the ego-reinforcement of social media – and the transactionality and materialism of capitalism. Just as one person can be a Golden Child, someone else can be totally disposable in relation to that. It’s treating people as ego reinforcement, as trophies and objects, rather than people. A person as an object is easier to get rid of.

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