By all accounts, Shanann Watts, 34, was living a fairy tale with husband Chris Watts, 33, their two beautiful daughters, and the baby on the way.
They resided in a lavish Colorado home valued at almost half a million dollars, traveling the world; and the pregnant mom of two scored a dream job that made it possible to enjoy the finest things in life with her daughters — 4-year-old Bella and Celeste, 3.
The businesswoman often posted pictures and videos on Facebook and Instagram chronicling happy family events.
Most of their neighbors cannot comprehend that Chris snapped one day and brutally murdered his spouse and their children.
Many of them spoke to local media outlets, and they all seem to paint the Watts as a happy and loving group of people who were never afraid to have a public display of affection.
However, one woman, who lived next door to the couple, said it was all a show and that she witnessed a huge fight before the killings.
Melinda Phillips said a few weeks ago, Shanann and Chris had a heated argument in front of their home, and when they realized that other people were watching them, they faked a few hugs and smiles.
The neighbor spoke to PEOPLE and had this to say about the fight: “I think they were always putting on a show.”
The woman said that while Chris did not physically assault his wife, his hand gestures and anger were a bit disturbing.
She explained: “Their body language was angry, and they were fighting back and forth. He was gesturing his hands, and they were shaking their heads, and it was an argument.”
Phillips concluded her interview by revealing: “I didn’t think much of it, because Lord knows that I’ve had the same arguments with my own husband. They caught my eye and suddenly, all changed. They stopped being so angry, and they rapidly started talking a lot more calmly. He even gave her a big hug. Mind you; this was in the space of about 30 seconds to a minute. They went from a full-blown fight to hugs in less than a minute, it was incredible.”
According to the police, Chris confessed to killing his wife after a brawl because he wanted to divorce but refused to say he took the lives of his daughters.