Sandra and Frank Rzucek last saw their pregnant daughter when she spent six weeks visiting them in North Carolina. Though they believed Shan'ann was in a happy marriage, they said she told them that something had changed in their relationship just before the killings. She said Chris acted "just cold as ice" to his wife, going as far as not responding to her when she spoke to him.
Christopher Watts, 33, pleaded guilty to the heinous slayings of Shanann - who was pregnant with a son the couple had already named Nico - and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, in exchange for prosecutors sparing him the death penalty.
Sandra counseled her daughter to give her husband "space".
"You just don't sleep very good with lupus", Sandra Rzcuek said.
"She'd do anything for her children", Frank shared with Amy Robach.
Watts also received 12-year sentences for three separate counts of tampering with a deceased body.
While it may have seemed like the mother of two had the ideal little family, in reality things were quite different as her husband, dubbed a "heartless monster", had started seeing one of his colleagues and wanted to separate from his wife, even searching "marrying your mistress" on Google, Insider reports. Watts seemingly killed them all to seek a "fresh start", District Attorney Michael Rourke said at his sentencing.
The Colorado Department of Corrections says Watts was moved for "safety reasons" but did not clarify why. On November 19 he was sentenced to five life terms in prison with no possibility of parole.