Review: American Murder: The Family Next Door

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A heartbreaking look at the despicable acts possible my human beings, this documentary expertly tells the story of the disappearance of Shanann Watts and her children utilizing modern imagery and first-hand footage.

Back in August of 2018, Shanann Watts and her two young children went missing, sending the Colorado town where they lived into a frenzy. Watts’ husband, Chris Watts, would soon become a prime suspect. American Murder: The Family Next Door is a well-crafted documentary that will tear your heart apart. Pieced together from body cam footage, news reports, security cameras and more, this film dives into the days and weeks leading up to the tragic events without recreation, but hauntingly in Shanann’s own words via social media videos.

Without getting into the details of the case, there is not much more to say about this film other than recognizing that director Jenny Popplewell injects you into the story from the very first scene, beginning with the 911 call regarding the disappearances. This is not a film that is for the feint of heart, so viewer discretion is absolutely advised.

American Murder: The Family Next Door is available to stream on Netflix.

Rating: 5/5

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