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21st May 2021

“More red flags”: Chris Watts proved guilt on body cam footage, says body language expert

Jade Hayden

“More red flags.”

Chris Watts proved his guilt on body cam footage before his arrest, a body language expert has said.

Watts is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his pregnant wife, Shanann and their two young daughters four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste.

Ahead of the killings, Watts had been having an affair with a co-worker, an event which some believe was the motive behind the murders.

Watts first denied having anything to do with the murders, initially helping police with their investigation after his family were reported missing.

Professor of Linguistics Dawn Archers told new show, Chris Watts: A Faking It Special, that Chris’s tone of voice in the dash cam footage didn’t match up with his claims about being worried for his family.

“It’s about him. And there’s a lot of if ‘I’ statements in there,” she said. “He then focuses on his apparent despair, but there’s no matching affect in the voice; we don’t hear that despair. More red flags.”

Body language expert Cliff Lansley added that Chris’s facial expressions, caught on camera when police arrived to his home, betray his lies even before his arrest.

“If you look at Watts’ face in more detail with a close-up, on the left-hand side you’ll see baseline,” said Cliff. “This is Watts’ normal face during the non-emotional parts of the interview.

“But on the right, when he says, ‘I just want them back,’ and he’s talking about his children here, you see the lip corners raised; you see the eyes tighten. His cheeks are raised. This combination of these two muscles is an indicator of genuine pleasure.” Dark.

He goes on: “The swaying shows anxiety, so there’s anxiety going on. He’s making an affirmative claim that she was still here when I was here at 5:15am, but his hands are doing a partial gesture.

“It’s leakage, you can just see it on the bottom of the screen – so that small movement of the hands, the rotation, is what we call a double-handed shrug, which is part of the full gesture ‘I have no confidence in what I’ve just said.'”

This comes as reports suggest that Watts, who is currently serving a life sentence, has been put into protective custody to keep him safe from other prisoners.

“He’s on the lowest social tier of the entire prison,” said a source.”He’s in protective custody because if he’s around other inmates, he’d be in real danger. He’s an outcast, even among criminals.

“He’s probably the most hated man in that prison because he killed children. There’s a definite pecking order in jail, and someone who hurts or kills kids is at the very bottom.”