Haunting texts reveal Chris Watts’ pregnant wife Shanann was planning a meal hours before he slaughtered whole family

CHILLING texts reveal Chris Watts’ pregnant wife Shanann was planning a family meal hours before he murdered her and their kids.

The texts were featured in a new documentary about the tragic killings titled: “American Murder: The Family Next Door” that premiered on Netflix yesterday.

In the footage, Shanann asks Chris via text message what vegetables he wanted with dinner the following day.

Using an emoji in his reply, Chris said: “Broccoli works. Green beans work too.”

Planning her shopping list, Shanann replied by saying she would buy those ingredients as well as salad and spinach at Costco the next day.

Making sure she didn’t forget anything, the mom-of-two asked if there was anything else Chris wanted to add to the grocery list. 

At this point, Shanann’s plane had been delayed several hours and Chris asked if her plane had taken off. 

Shanann replied that she was boarded and they were preparing for takeoff.

“Prayers for safe flight! Love you,” Shanann replied, adding a kiss emoji.

It is unclear from the clip if Chris replied to that last message.

Hours later, on a morning of August 2018, Chris had strangled his wife to death in their marital bed.

Chris then drove his 3 and 4-year-old daughters along with the body of his dead wife to an oil field an hour away from their family home. 

There, he smothered his two daughters before dropping their bodies into separate oil tanks. 

On November 6, 2018, Mr Watts sobbed in court as he pleaded guilty to five counts of murder in the first degree, three counts of tampering with a deceased human body, and one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

The request not to seek the death penalty came from Shanann's family.

Watts had previously denied the charges and even made a tearful TV appeal for his family's safe return after they were reported missing in Frederick, Colorado.

Watts sent his mistress Nichol Kessinger a chilling text message that his family had "gone" at around 3.45pm on the day his wife and kids were reported missing.

Ms Kessinger recalls receiving the emotionless and cold message, which followed a dozen normal messages they had shared throughout the working day.

Reading the news, she became even more confused when she realised journalists were outside his house, and she was horrified to learn he was still married to a woman who was 15 weeks pregnant.

Ms Kessinger had starting dating Watts in early July, believing he was separated and at the end of divorce proceedings.

Shanann's body was found buried in a shallow grave and the girls had been dumped in oil tanks on the property of Watts' former employer – the Anadarko oil and gas site.

He was employed at the site which is located near the family home in Frederick, on the outskirts of the Mile High City.

Chris was handed five life sentences for the murders without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to the murders.

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