Watch: American Murder - The Family Next Door trailer
Netflix has released a terrifying trailer for its upcoming true crime documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door, which lands later this month and tells the story of the 2018 Watts Family murders in Colorado.
The documentary will use archival footage, social media posts and previously unseen home videos to tell the story of the murders of Shanann Watts (who was pregnant at the time) and her daughters, four year-old Bella and three year-old Celeste.
The disappearance of Shanann and her daughters made national headlines in the U.S. back in 2018, with husband and father Chris Watts becoming a central part of the search to find them. But as the documentary explores, Chris was not all he made out to be initially.
Here's everything we know about the documentary so far.
What is American Murder: The Family Next Door about?
As we already know, the documentary explores the story of the Watts Family murders in 2018, which quickly grabbed headlines across America.
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 at around 2am that morning.
It quickly became apparent to police that Shanann and the two girls are missing from the family home, and 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, the taped police interviews in the documentary show him slowly unravelling after failing a polygraph test, with a detective telling him, "There's only one person in this room that knows what the truth is. In about five minutes, there's gonna be two of us."
The documentary will tell the story exclusively through footage gathered from that time, including police recordings, texts and social media posts, plus previously unseen home videos of the Watts family.
Do we have a trailer for American Murder: The Family Next Door?
We do, which you can watch above. There's also a lot we can learn from the trailer too, particularly because it gives us a glimpse of recordings made by the police which map Chris Watts' transition from playing the role of devastated husband and father through to hints about his guilt.
When is the documentary being released?
American Murder: The Family Next Door will be released on Netflix on 30th September.
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