The FOUR gestures that explained the guilt of a murderous father

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A father who murdered his wife and daughters unwittingly gave up his guilt while appealing for their safe return on TV, a new analysis of body language reveals.

Chris Watts, from Frederick, Colorado, murdered his pregnant wife Shanann and daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three, in the early hours of August 13, 2018, but spent days disguised as a concerned father and husband who thought they were missing goods.

The shocking case, brought to the attention of British viewers in the Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door, culminated in Watts being sentenced to five life sentences after being found guilty of the murders.

In the new true crime documentary Chris Watts: A Faking It Special, available to stream on discovery +, British body language expert Dr Cliff Lansley analyzes images of Watts taken in the days following the murders and reveals early signs of it. were his fault.

Murdered: Chris Watts, of Frederick, Colorado, murdered his pregnant wife Shanann and daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three, pictured, in the early hours of August 13, 2018, but spent days disguised as a concerned father and husband who thought they were.  missing

Murdered: Chris Watts, of Frederick, Colorado, murdered his pregnant wife Shanann and daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three, pictured, in the early hours of August 13, 2018, but spent days disguised as a concerned father and husband who thought they were. missing

Look of pleasure: In a TV call, Watts performed a

Dr Lansley's analysis (above) shows: A) The eyes tighten, B) The cheeks go up and C) The lip corners go up

Look of pleasure: In a TV call, Watts performed a “cluster” of four gestures that indicate he was lying, according to body language expert Dr. Cliff Lansley. The first clue is Watts’ expression of pleasure when he says he “wants his family back.” Dr Lansley’s analysis (above) shows: A) The eyes tighten, B) The cheeks go up and C) The lip corners go up

In a TV call, Watts performed a “cluster” of four gestures, according to Dr. Lansley, indicating that he was lying.

The first clue is Watts’ expression of pleasure when he says he “wants his family back.”

If you take a closer look at Watts’s face in more detail, you can see the baseline on the left. This is Watts’ normal face during the non-emotional parts of the interview, ‘says Dr. Lansley, comparing two images of Watts’ face.

“But on the right side, when he says,” I just want them back, “and he’s talking about his kids here, you can see the lip corners raised; you see the eyes squint.

His cheeks are raised. This combination of these two muscles is a sign of real pleasure. ‘

As the interview drew to a close, Watts looked past the camera to immediately call on Shanann, Bella and Celeste to come home. While Watts did this, his body continued to leak clues pointing to his guilt.

“As he says that, he throws out a left hand – one hand shrugs – that turns counterclockwise,” notes Cliff, examining the footage.

Now, a single hand shrug isn’t enough for a behavior analyst to rely on, but when he closes his eyes for a full second and you see a slight shake of the head when he claims he wants them back, we’ve got a cluster of four behaviors that say that there is nothing in this statement that you have confidence in because it is not true. ‘

Dawn Archer, a professor of linguistics at Manchester Metropolitan University, says the insincerity is also reflected in his speech.

‘It’s about him. And there are a lot of ‘I’ statements in it, ”she says. He then focuses on his apparent despair, but there is no matching effect in the voice; we don’t hear that despair. More red flags. ‘

Viewers will also get to see police bodycam footage taken of Watts in the hours after she reported his family missing. Even then, his unease about possibly getting caught, according to Dr. Lansley.

“We have the swing, we shrug the hands with both hands and we have a volume drop,” explains Cliff. The waving shows fear, so fear is going on.

Horrible: Watts strangled Shanann, then put her body and their two daughters in his truck and drove to isolated oil storage tanks owned by Anadarko.  He buried Shanann in a shallow grave and then smothered his two daughters and placed their bodies in the storage tanks

Horrible: Watts strangled Shanann, then put her body and their two daughters in his truck and drove to isolated oil storage tanks owned by Anadarko. He buried Shanann in a shallow grave and then smothered his two daughters and placed their bodies in the storage tanks

Life imprisonment: the shocking case, brought to the attention of British viewers in the Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door, culminated in Watts being sentenced to five life sentences after being found guilty of the murders

Life imprisonment: the shocking case, brought to the attention of British viewers in the Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door, culminated in Watts being sentenced to five life sentences after being found guilty of the murders

He affirmatively claims she was still there when I was here at 5:15, but his hands are making a partial gesture – it’s leakage, you can just see it at the bottom of the screen – so that little hand movement , the rotation, is what we call a double-handed shrug, which is part of the full “I don’t trust what I just said” gesture. ‘

Finally, experts tell how Watts was ‘restless’ and tense when he joined police to watch footage taken with a neighbor’s CCTV camera showing the movements of his truck the night he killed his family. .

Watts killed Shanann after she came home from a business trip to Arizona.

He strangled her and then put her body and their two daughters in his truck and drove to Anadarko’s isolated oil storage tanks.

He buried Shanann in a shallow grave and then smothered his two daughters and placed their bodies in the storage tanks.

For two days, Watts claimed he had nothing to do with his family’s disappearance and went on television begging them to come home.

After his arrest, he initially claimed that Shanann killed the girls after telling her he wanted to break up, then strangled her in a rage.

At his trial, he pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, which has since been abolished in Colorado.

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