Chris Watts, the Menendez Brothers, and Other Shocking Family Crimes
Published on August 13, 2022 20:43 PM by FactsWOW Team
Chris Watts made media appearances after his pregnant wife and two small girls went missing in August 2018, appealing for their safe return. Many people noticed something odd about his manner, and they were correct.
Watts murdered their wife Shanann and suffocated daughters Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, before burying their remains in an oil field, according to authorities.
His motivation? Prosecutors say he wanted to be free to continue his affair with his coworker, Nichole Kessinger.
Kessinger spent more than two hours on Google browsing for wedding outfits nine days before Watts murdered his family. To avoid the death penalty, Watts pled guilty to the killings and was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of release.
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No one was more upset than Brad and Andra Sachs' 19-year-old son, Ashton, at their burial in February 2014. Andra's childhood friend Ruth Briscoe told PEOPLE, "He slumped on me, crying."
Less than a month later, Ashton confessed to authorities that he fatally shot his rich parents while they slept in the family's $2.4 million estate in San Juan Capistrano, California, with a semiautomatic weapon.
He also shot his 8-year-old brother Landon, who was paraplegic as a result of the rampage. When police asked Sachs why he did it, he simply said, "I have no explanation. Just a slew of issues." Sachs entered a guilty plea in September 2016.
In June 2016, Christy Sheats summoned her family to the living room for a family gathering, only hours after her husband Jason Sheats informed her that he intended to divorce her.
"She instantly pulled out the firearm and aimed it at Mr. Sheats, blaming him: 'You made me do this, you're making me do this,'" Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls previously told PEOPLE. However, she did not shoot Jason.
Sheats instead chased her daughters, Madison, 17, and Taylor, 22, onto the street, killing them before police arrived and fatally shot her. Nehls explains why she didn't shoot Jason: "She wanted him to suffer."
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Actor Michael Jace, best known for his role as police officer Julien Lowe on The Shield, fatally shot his wife in 2014 when she returned to their Los Angeles home after picking up their sons from baseball practice.
Jace shot April, a Biola University financial aid counselor, once in the back and twice more in the legs. Jace contacted 911 and turned himself in after the shooting. After a week-long trial in 2016, Jace was found guilty of second-degree murder.
According to the Associated Press, before his sentencing, Jace, who also played in Forrest Gump and Boogie Nights, sadly told his wife's family members in court, "There is no explanation for my conduct on that night." "I apologize for causing everyone so much sorrow." In 2016, he was sentenced to 40 years in jail.
Heather Mack and Tommy Schaeffer had been dating on and off for several years when they decided to murder Mack's 62-year-old socialite mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, while on holiday in Indonesia in 2014.
While the widow was sleeping, Schaeffer bludgeoned her to death. Schaeffer and a pregnant Mack then threw her body into a bag, hopped in a taxi, and escaped. Her remains were later discovered in the trunk of a cab.
The Menendez Brothers
Lyle and Erik Menendez were 21 and 18 years old respectively when they fatally shot their rich parents in the den of their Beverly Hills house in August 1989. Jose, a 45-year-old Hollywood businessman, was shot in the back of the head at point-blank range.
Kitty, 47, had 15 shots fired at her, including one in the face. The brothers initially blamed the killings on the mob, but then claimed they shot their parents in self-defense after their father sexually abused them for years.
According to prosecutors, the brothers wanted the couple's $14 million fortune. They were both convicted of first-degree murder after two hung juries and a retrial.