The authorities say that Christopher Watt killed his wife and two daughters and later dumped their bodies.
Why do marriages fail? Sometimes it is because one partner develops an interest in a co-worker. So says Christopher Watt — now accused of killing his family — in a YouTube video posted in April 2012.
The video shows Watts giving a PowerPoint presentation that he titled, “Communication-Speech, the Relationship between Decline and Recovery.”
“Sometimes you find your partner more attractive physically or in their personality,” he says in the video. “If you are in a relationship should you desire, and lust in the direction of your partner. Sometimes, when you get married, that the lust and the desire to kind of fall out of the boat a bit.”
“Sometimes you find your partner more attractive physically or in their personality. … Sometimes when you get married … the lust and the desire to kind of fall out of the boat a bit.”
– Christopher Watts, in 2012 video
Watt opened the presentation by saying: it is for a course that he took.
Then he speaks of infidelity, possibly with someone at work — as a reason that relationships fail.
The police in a suburb of Denver, say Watts was having an affair with a colleague before he was arrested last week in the slayings of his wife, Shanann Watts, and their two young daughters. He has not entered a plea to murder and other felony charges.
According to the court documents, Watts told police in Frederick, a community in the oil and gas fields north of Denver, that he told his wife Aug. 13 that he wanted a divorce. A police investigation determined that Watts “was actively involved in an affair with a colleague,” the documents state.
Watt worked at Anadarko Petroleum. He was discharged Aug. 15, the day of his arrest.
Watts told investigators that he killed his wife after discovering that she was strangled and their two daughters, Bella, 3, and Celeste, 4, after he told her he wanted a divorce.
He was charged this week with first-degree murder and other felony counts in the massacre. Shanann’s body was found in a shallow grave about 40 miles (65 km) of the family, Frederick house; the girls bodies were found in the vicinity of oil tanks, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
In the 2012 video posted online about six months before the couple wed, Watt, ” he says in a suburb of Broomfield, where the Watt family formerly lived.
On another point, Watts says: “Even on the road. You might meet a new person, and (it) might strengthen it in something else and can be a weakening of the bond that you have with the partner you have.”
“And you feel that you may be better with someone else who you’ve met,” he declares. “Do you think that you can no longer do — that your partner is someone you can’t be.”
Krista Henery, a spokeswoman for the Weld County district attorney’s office, refused to comment on the video Wednesday. Watts’ public defender, James Merson, did not immediately return a phone message.
Watts in the video quotes various experts in the recommend steps to strengthen and salvage relationships, including listen, think before speaking, and openly expressing support and affection.
“Sometimes, if you have children and your relationship starts to deteriorate, a child can help to restore,” he says.
He also mentions the three questions to ask when a relationship is in jeopardy:
“I have been longing for this relationship to go? I have a moral obligation to remain in this relationship? Or is it a necessity for me to stay in this relationship?”
If Watts ends the presentation, he gets a round of applause from two women and two men sit on a bench in the room. One of the women says, “Well done.”
Shanann Watts is not shown in the video. Under the last name they had in a previous marriage, Shanann King posted a comment on the video that said: “Great job Christopher! Good information!”
North Carolina court records show they divorced around 2009, a few years before she and Christopher Watts married.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.