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Investigation Discovery readies Chris Watts special “Family Man, Family Murderer”

True crime network Investigation Discovery will delve into the psyche of a man who became a family annihilator in the next installment of its Murder Mystery franchise. Produced by American Media ...
May 13, 2019

True crime network Investigation Discovery will delve into the psyche of a man who became a family annihilator in the next installment of its Murder Mystery franchise.

Produced by American Media and Jupiter Entertainment, the hour-long Family Man, Family Murderer: An ID Murder Mystery will delve into the criminal investigation of Chris Watts, whose pregnant wife Shannan and two daughters went missing from their family home in Frederick, Colorado, on Aug. 13, 2018. As the investigation into the disappearance of Chris’ family commenced, his story of what happened to them unraveled. He soon thereafter confessed to the murders of his family.

The special takes viewers through the initial missing persons’ case of Shannan, and daughters Bella and Celeste, all the way through to the murder investigation, arrest and Chris’ confession. Also featured in the program is body camera footage from the Frederick Police Department and new details of the crime following Chris’ jailhouse confession. Additionally, the special includes interviews with those familiar with the tragedy and experts who covered this case.

Allison Wallach, Tim McConville, David Pecker and Dylan Howard serve as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is SVP of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry S. Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

Family Man, Family Murderer: An ID Murder Mystery bows June 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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