A Closer Look at the Moment Watts Moved the Bodies of Shan’ann, Bella and Celeste from the House to the Truck

Nathaniel Trinastich is mentioned twice in Chris Watts’ arrest affidavit; once in the actual narrative and once as a witness. It was Trinastich who provided investigators with the gamechanging video surveillance that showed not only Chris Watts backing up his truck and leaving on the morning of the murders, but also that no one else left the Watts home that morning.

Since the Watts home had its own cameras, it seemed unlikely Watts didn’t know the neighbors had one too. When Nickole Atkinson arrived at the house, Watts saw her on his porch camera [relayed to his smartphone].

When questioned about this, Watts apparently confirmed to Addy Molony that he knew about the camera at the Trinastich’s next door.Fullscreen capture 20181130 051154Fullscreen capture 20181130 075602

Nick Thayer also knew that Watts knew about Trinastich’s camera.

Chris Watts: The Gamechanging Video Surveillance Footage – where’d it come from?

So if he knew he was on camera, why did he think he could get away with a triple homicide?


For starters the view of the driveway is blocked by a boundary tree, and also by the outer edge of the Watts residence [it juts forward]. So Watts was likely aware that while the surveillance video captured him, it couldn’t see everything he was doing, and since he went to work each day, the small area showing him leaving wouldn’t reveal any more than him simply leaving to go to work on an average work day.

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Even so, Watts seems to take precautions by mostly loading the bodies on the side of the truck that’s opposite [and out of view] of surveillance camera. When he does appear on the camera side, he’s carrying what appears to be a red gas can or toolbox.

Watts himself is also dressed in dark clothes: a dark shirt, navy blue baggy trousers and black boots [though not the boots he normall wore]. chris-watts-gas-can

In his haste to get dressed, probably due to frantic cleaning up operations inside the home [showering, vacuuming, wiping Shan’ann’s handset, cleaning, re-clothing Shan’ann’s body, doing the laundry, wrapping Shan’ann’s body in a sheet and the children in garbage bags] Watts forgets to tuck in his one trouser leg.

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Watts also moves the pick-up forward slightly at some point during the operation, so that it’s completely obscured behind the neighbor’s tree. While the truck is idling, he also turns off the light that’s shining almost directly into the neighbor opposite’s window.

When he drives off, he turns left onto Steeple rock Drive, which is the shortest route out of the neighborhood, and the one he usually took on his daily communute. Conveniently it meant he didn’t drive into clear view of the camera. This also explains why Atkinson’s vehicle is seen arriving but not leaving.

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5 thoughts on “A Closer Look at the Moment Watts Moved the Bodies of Shan’ann, Bella and Celeste from the House to the Truck

  1. Nick when describing what Chris did as far as cleaning up etc. before he left the house the morning of August 13, what do you mean when you say “re-clothing Shan’ann’s body”? I recall she was unearthed wearing a Tee, black bra and blue thong style underwear. How do we know her clothing was changed by Chris? Granted, most women don’t go to bed wearing a bra, if she was even strangled in her sleep, but due to pregnancy and larger breasts, maybe she opted to keep a bra on. Just curious how you reached the conclusion her clothes were changed. You’re a lot more perceptive with things like that I’ve noticed, wondering what I may have missed!


    • We don’t know what cover up and cleaning up operations Watts did inside the house after the crime. We only know that it happened and in theory he had several hours to do it.

      We infer that he vacuumed, did laundry, removed digital artifacts etc.I believe he made the online purchase off her phone, and that by then she was already dead. He did it either to see whether the card had any money on it, or to create an impression that they hadn’t argued and she was still alive. Remember, his first version was that she was missing because she left with the children.

      I’ve maintained from the very beginning that Shan’ann was murdered immediately after entering the house. This is also based on the children being murdered first.

      If that’s the case, then her clothing had to have been changed by him, otherwise she would have been found in the clothes she arrived in from the airport. Watts had to have known if her body was ever found, her clothing would tell them whether she went out afterwards or not. By not having her in trousers, maybe he was trying to create the impression she was abducted, sexually assaulted and then murdered.

      Another aspect that I believe supports this idea is her make-up/mascara. If Shan’ann – in his story – went out on a playdate, she would have worn make-up. So it would make no sense to let her get into bed and go to sleep, because the real Shan’ann would have removed it [she was OCD in that respect]. If he killed her first thing, then the make-up she had on was still there, and he wouldn’t have to apply that too.


  2. McCoy said usually Watts was wearing his newer boots with his pants over the boots. Only on the 13th out at Cervi he had his pants tucked into the boots (or one boot). When they ribbed him about it he said he was worried about snakes and legless lizards.


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