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Netflix's Gripping New True Crime Documentary Series Looks Like It's Going To Hook Viewers

Netflix's Gripping New True Crime Documentary Series Looks Like It's Going To Hook Viewers

The case that captivated America is the subject of Netflix's latest true crime documentary series.

American Murder: The Family Next Door will examine the marriage of Shanann Watts and Chris Watts and the subsequent triple-murder case that made national headlines.

Told entirely through archival footage that includes social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages and never-before-seen home videos, American Murder will recall one of the most haunting cases in recent memory.

As the plot synopsis states: "Shanann Watts and her two young daughters went missing in Frederick, Colorado. As details of their deaths made headlines worldwide, it became clear that Shanann’s husband, Chris Watts, wasn’t the man he appeared to be. Experience a gripping and immersive examination of the disintegration of a marriage."

Reports of the disappearances began when a friend of Shanann's called police, explaining that she was worried that she hadn't heard from her after dropping her back at her home.

It quickly became apparent to the police that Shanann and her two girls were missing from the family home. Chris who had left for work early that morning becomes embroiled in the search, even appearing on TV to plead for his family's return.

Although Chris initially told investigators that he had no idea where his family was, his case slowly begins to unwind as the horrifying truth emerges.


Though this isn't an unsolved crime - Watts' husband Chris confessed to the murders and is currently serving five life sentences in a maximum-security prison - the documentary promises to give viewers an immersive look into the case.

Take a look at what's in store when American Murder: The Family Next Door is released on Netflix on September 30.

Clip via Netflix

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