Chris Watts’ In-Laws Give Their First Interview Since The Murder Of Their Daughter

Frank Rzucek, the father of Shanann Watts, in court for Christopher Watts arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse on August 21, 2018.
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While many know the story behind the case, the parents of Shanann Watts want people to know who their deceased daughter really was, according to a report by E! News.

Only a few weeks after Chris Watts was given life in prison after he pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife, alongside his two daughters, the parents of Shanann have spoken publicly for the first time as they take part in a television interview.

In a short preview clip provided by ABC’s 20/20, Frank and Sandra Rzucek remember the happy times they shared with their daughter — and what made her great. Speaking with host Amy Robach, Frank said, “She’d do anything for her children. She just loved her children and wanted them to have everything growing up.”

Sandra went on to add, “She was fun, full of life. She did so many things. She had her hand in everything. She was amazing.”

At the young age of 34, Shanann had already come through a difficult battle with a lupus diagnosis — and was happily raising her children, who she referred to as “miracles.” Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant when she and her two daughters were tragically murdered. As opposed to focusing on the tragic end that fell upon their daughter and grandchildren, the Rzuceks instead spoke about her beautiful relationship with her daughters, the 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.

Sandra described the closeness by saying, “They were her everything. They were her world. That was her dream [to be a mom] and then she battled lupus for a long time. They had a lot of love. They were amazing. I couldn’t ask God for more. He really blessed us with them. She loved everybody. Her love for children and friends was amazing.”

Chris Watts was given five life sentences in prison — without the possibility of parole — for the murder of his wife and two daughters. Watts was given an additional 48 years for the murder of his unborn son, along with 12 more years for three counts of tampering with a dead body.

The Rzucek’s made it clear that they opposed the death penalty for Chris, despite the nature of his actions, with Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke saying in court during the sentencing process, “Four lives were lost at the hands of the defendant on August 13 for reasons that we will never fully understand or know. In the end, the Rzucek family was much more merciful to him than he was to his wife, his daughters, and his unborn son.”