Father Of Murdered Mom Shanann Watts Pleads For People To Stop Harassing Family

Frank Rzucek, the father of murdered victim Shanann Watts, said his family was bullied and harassed on social media.

Frederick, CO – The father of a pregnant woman whose husband murdered her and their two little girls called a press conference in order to plead with the public to stop harassing his family.

“Just stop. Please, just stop,” Frank Rzucek said from the shadow of the home that his daughter Shanann Watts had shared with her husband and daughters.

Rzucek traveled from North Carolina to his daughter’s former home in Frederick on July 22 to address the social media keyboard warriors who have been attacking his family since his daughter and granddaughters’ murders on Aug. 13, 2018, KMGH reported.

When Shanann Watts and her daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, disappeared, her husband initially said he had no idea where his family had gone, and begged for their safe return during several media interviews.

Hours after he issued a dramatic plea to television cameras, 33-year-old Christopher Watts was arrested for the murders of his pregnant wife and daughters.

He then told investigators a bogus story that Shanann had killed their little girls, and that he subsequently murdered her in a fit of rage, according to The Denver Post.

Christopher later admitted the truth, and pleaded guilty to murdering his family in November of the same year and is currently serving three consecutive life sentences in prison, NBC News reported.

Shanann’s father told reporters that his family had been repeatedly subjected to false rumors and lies that were being spread against them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter since his daughter and granddaughters were murdered, KMGH reported.

“I don’t want to go into the specifics, but I will say that our family, including Shanann and her children – and our grandchildren – have been ridiculed, demeaned, slandered, [and] mocked in the most vicious ways you can imagine,” Rzucek said. “This is so wrong. It is cruel. It is heartless.”

He said family members had been targeted with a “constant stream of ugly, evil insults and attacks” that had turned into death threats, KMGH reported.

“Every time we turn around, there is someone trying to capitalize on our tragedy by spreading false rumors and outright lies about Shanann and our grandchildren,” the grieving father said.

Rzucek said they have repeatedly contacted Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for help stopping the harassment but that the social media platforms have ignored them, KMGH reported.

From his dead daughter’s doorstep, he called on the social media giants to “take some responsibility for your platforms and stop this despicable conduct.”

The grieving father also had a message for people who felt compelled to continue discussing his daughter’s murder.

“Please stick to the truth,” Rzucek said. “It is painful enough for us just dealing with the reality. Reading the insane conspiracy theories, ugly false rumors and lies only make it more painful.”

He said he wanted his daughter to be remembered as a beautiful person, KMGH reported.

“She would have defended herself and now I’m here defending her,” the father said. “It doesn’t need to be like this, I shouldn’t have to be out here doing this… Making money off of my daughter’s death is ridiculous.”

After Christopher Watts was convicted, attorneys for the Rzucek family announced that Shanann’s husband found God in prison and finally told Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents what had really happened the night he murdered his family.

According to the Rzuceks’ attorneys, Christopher and Shanann began arguing after he admitted that he was having an affair and that he wanted a divorce.

Shanann ultimately told him that she would make sure he didn’t see their children again, at which point he strangled her to death.

As Christopher was wrapping his wife’s body with a sheet, Bella walked into the room.

“What are you doing with mama?” she asked him, according to the attorneys.

Christopher told the four-year-old that her mother was ill, and that they were taking her to a hospital so she could get well again.

He then took the girls out to his truck, loaded Shanann’s wrapped body inside, and drove them to his remote worksite 45 miles away.

When they arrived, Christopher smothered Celeste – who went by the nickname of “Cee Cee” – with her favorite blanket, while Bella looked on, the attorneys said.

He took the little girl’s body out of the truck, then went back for Bella.

She had already gotten herself out of her seatbelt and began pleading with her father not to kill her.

“Please daddy – do not do to me what you just did to Cee Cee,” she said, according to the attorneys.

"There was a struggle from Bella,” one of the attorneys explained, according to NBC News. “There were signs that she fought for her life."

"I think of the things that have been hard for the Rzuceks to comprehend and to accept [is] this reality, what happened to Bella in those last moments have been the hardest," the lawyer added. "Obviously the question becomes how much were Bella and Cee Cee aware of what might have been happening in those 45 minutes on that drive to where their bodies were placed."

Christopher buried his pregnant wife’s body in a shallow grave, then dumped his daughters’ bodies into a tank of oil.

Comments (18)
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Michael A. Katz
Michael A. Katz

For God's Sake, leave this family alone, they have been though so much already. I would hold Facebook, Twitter & YouTube Criminally & Financially Responsible for allowing these kinds of attacks on the family. Lord knows, they Censor, Suspend and Ban people for much less but allowing this is beyond believable.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Sad the family has to go through all the harassment as well as their loss. People have no heart. Hope it gets better for them.

JBo
JBo

Keyboard warriors, very brave so long as they are anonymous. These social media platform giants also deserve a huge slice of responsibility but it seems as if the're accountable to no one...except advertisers.

I truly hope this family can find the peace they so deserve and the keyboard warriors don't have to live with what this family has to live with. If the warriors can be identified, they should be sued for everything.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Standing by and letting this happen to the survivors of this family is like killing them too. The Social Media Giants should be either held accountable or they should do something to STOP this madness. It's like they are not actually Human,,just AI machines that only care about the money they make off of advertisements from their Sites. IF these Sub-Human attackers where a Christian Group,,they would have been removed and banned for life. It's just sickening, I wished someone would come up with a FAIR AND BALANCED site similar to these where you didn't have to worry about animals like this lurking in the darkness of their Mommy's Basements.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The liberal media moderators were quick to shut me down, when I defended a cop in our town from being fired unjustly. Some SJW started calling me a racist, because I accused certain city council members of racism, for wanting the LEO fired. What got their attention in the first place was the SJW calling me a Trump supporter, which along with LEO supporter equates (in their minds) to racist. Yet here we have a tragic situation where the moderators sit on their hands. The DOJ needs to tear into Facebook.

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

Expose the bastards, doxx them, and let nature take its course.

365
365

A predictable result of the constant lying of the news media and the aversion to truth of politicians and government bureaucrats. It's time for the difference between right/wrong and the importance of the truth to matter again.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Why are they even paying any attention to social media? These people are lowlifes that don't have anything else better to do with their pathetic lives anyway. Ignore it.

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

So sad that readers of this page are the ones who really care with the social media censors and SJWs find it to be gainful fodder for their hate.

Janken
Janken

This is so cruel that people could be as cruel as the husband killing his kids and wife because HE HAD A GIRLFRIEND. Sick bastard. I'm shocked that people can even act this way towards a family going through such tragedy. Let them grieve in peace

Janken
Janken

So the devil is a Christian now and so all is well. No no there will be hell

61mouse
61mouse

Don't understand why they are going after the victims family . But then again I don't understand why chicks are writing and meeting with the asshole in prison

61mouse
61mouse

They should just delete all their Social Media accounts .And after him doing this it's only getting to get worst now

sooth
sooth

As someone with an interest in psychology, I have been following this case closely through various social media platforms (primarily youtube) and I have never come across anything other than contempt for Chris Watts' actions and the deepest sympathies for the victims and their surviving family for what they went through. I would like for the author of this article to please provide explicit evidence of these actions as the claimant did not.

I'm not saying that this is a false account, however I believe that the perpetrators of this alleged harassment referred to in this story is an extremely minuscule, fringe group of people. And the account of the actions of that fringe minority, despicable as they may be, is actually what is being sensationalized here to the detriment of free speech of the majority of decent content creators producing videos on the matter due to public interest.

Youtubers producing content about the incident (in a respectful manner) that are making money off of it are well within theirs rights to do so. If you find it offensive or too much to handle then simply don't watch it. Unfortunately, this is a compelling true crime story and there is a lot of public interest around it. People need to learn to self regulate instead of expecting corporations or government to do it for them. Without personal responsibility there is no liberty.

I'd also like to point out that I am not insensitive to these matters myself as two of my closest childhood friends were sexually assaulted and then brutally murdered when I was only 8 years old. And that child predator serial killer is still talked about to this day on Youtube as well. So I know what coming across any video on this type of thing feels like. You have to learn to cope and deal with it yourself instead of blaming others for merely be curious. Even if that curiosity seems morbid on the surface.

JohnP
JohnP

“He said family members had been targeted with a “constant stream of ugly, evil insults and attacks” that had turned into death threats, KMGH reported.

“Every time we turn around, there is someone trying to capitalize on our tragedy by spreading false rumors and outright lies about Shanann and our grandchildren,” the grieving father said.“

What the F is wrong with people?!?!? Seriously?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

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