Chris Watts has been ordered to pay up. Watts, who is currently serving multiple life sentences for murdering his pregnant wife Shanann and their two daughters, Bella and Celeste, has been ordered by the court to pay $6 million to Frank and Sandy Rzucek, Shanann's parents.
The Rzuceks filed the civil suit against Watts last year on Nov. 19, 2018, which according to NBC News was the same day that Watts was sentenced in the horrific murders of his family. The suit includes $1 million for each of the deaths and $3 million for emotional pain. The amount owed will grow at an 8 percent annual interest rate, The Denver Post reported.
The Rzuceks filed the suit to prevent Watts from profiting from the deaths should he decide to write a book or sell the rights to his story. https://t.co/oDD6bBMSC7— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 27, 2019
“The Rzucek family has not been the same since August 13, 2018,” a court document reads. “They have suffered with anger, loneliness, sadness, and depression. For a substantial period of time following the discovery of their daughter and grandchildren’s murders, they were unable to work, leave the house, or even eat.”
The Rzucek's know they're unlikely to ever see the money but their attorney, Steven Lambert said that they filed the suit to prevent Watts from ever profiting from the murders of his family, either through a book deal or selling his story rights.
Christopher Watts agrees to pay $6 million to parents of Shanann Watts in wrongful death lawsuit https://t.co/EqVSjIIPYo— The Denver Post (@denverpost) November 26, 2019
Watts didn't fight the civil suit, instead, agreeing to the terms. “The Defendant stipulates that the death of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste was a tremendous loss to Plaintiffs Franklin Rzucek and Sandra Rzucek and that they have suffered extreme emotional stress and damage as a result of such loss,” the court documents read as per The Denver Post.
The details of Watts' murders changed since his initial confession with him revealing more brutal details about his wife and children's deaths. He admitted that he had attempted to smother his daughters before murdering his wife, but they woke up which led him to bring them to the site where he eventually buried Shanann and dumped their bodies.
Shanann's parents have previously stated they have been cyberbullied and harassed since the brutal murder of their daughter and grandchildren. Frank Rzucek had previously made a public plea for the harassment to stop, and according to the civil suit he has been unable to work since August 1 and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Between Defendant and the people attacking the Rzucek family, they have lost nearly all trust in people and humanity,” court documents read.