The family of Shanann Watts continues to mourn her and her children following their gruesome murders. Her brother, Frankie Rzucek is now speaking out in support of the new Netflix documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door, which highlights not only her death but the life she led.
“I highly recommend watching this,” Rzucek wrote in a Facebook post. He went on to praise the streaming platform for their handling of the doc while taking a moment to throw shots at Lifetime for their made-for-television film Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer, which also centers around the murders.
“It’s on Netflix. The director made sure we were a part of the whole process and we met the whole team personally. They made sure we were ok with them making this before they even started, unlike Lifetime’s horrible movie.”
Shanann Watts was 15 weeks pregnant when she was strangled to death by her husband Chris on August 13th, 2018. He dumped her body in an oil field where he worked before smothering their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. Their unborn baby was located expelled from her body. He received a life sentence after pleading guilty to all of the murders.
Rzucek encourages people to stream the doc to gain more insight into the wonderful sister that he lost, as the public has long fixated on Chris, a handsome and seemingly loving husband who snapped.
“This documentary gives my sister a voice and she speaks throughout it. It also shows what her life was like before he came along and how happy she was with her beautiful family until he cheated and turned into a different person and became that monster.”
Back in January, Shanann’s family publicly slammed Lifetime for failing to include them in their film. In fact, Steven Lambert, the family’s attorney, said that the family was informed of the movie after it was already in production.
The Netflix doc, which was released on September 30th, includes rarely seen text messages and letters between Watts and Shannan leading up to her killing.