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The Perfect Father

The Perfect Father

The True Story of Chris Watts, His All-American Family, and a Shocking Murder

John Glatt

St. Martin's Press

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In The Perfect Father, New York Times bestselling author John Glatt reveals the true story of a Colorado family whose storybook life turned into a nightmare.

In the early morning hours of August 13th, 2018, Shanann Watts was dropped off at her Frederick, Colorado home by a colleague after returning from a business trip. It was the last time anyone would see her alive. By the next day, Shanann and her two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, had been reported missing, and her husband, Chris Watts, was appearing on the local news, pleading for his family’s safe return.

But Chris Watts already knew that he would never see his family again. Less than 24 hours after his desperate plea, Watts made a shocking confession to police: he had strangled his pregnant wife to death and smothered their daughters, dumping their bodies at a nearby oil site. Heartbroken friends and neighbors watched in shock as the movie-star handsome, devoted family man they knew was arrested and charged with first degree murder. The perfect mask Chris had presented to the world in his TV interviews and the family’s Facebook accounts was slipping—and what lay beneath was a horrifying image of instability, infidelity, sexual ambivalence, and boiling rage.

In this first major account of the case, bestselling author and journalist John Glatt reveals the truth behind the tragedy and constructs a chilling portrait of one of the most shocking family annihilator cases of the 21st century.

Praise for The Perfect Father

Praise for John Glatt:

“Thoroughly researched and thoroughly disturbing.” —Booklist for The Family Next Door

"This chilling portrayal of abuse and secrecy may leave readers looking differently at their neighbors." —Publishers Weekly for The Family Next Door

"Chilling." —People Magazine for My Sweet Angel

"The murder case John Glatt recounts in lurid detail...is too bizarre for a work of fiction." —New York Times Book Review for The Prince of Paradise

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John Glatt

English-born JOHN GLATT is the author of more than twenty books, and has over thirty years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. He has appeared on television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, A Current Affair, BBC World News, and A&E Biography.

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