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10 People Who Were Murdered by Their Loved Ones

6. Chris Watts, a 33-year-old Colorado man, murdered his pregnant wife Shannan and two daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, and buried their bodies in an oil work site. He had an affair with his co-worker and was unhappy with his wife.

Shannan Watts and Chris Watts
Shannan Watts and Chris Watts. Image credits: Shanann Watts/Netflix

This cold-blooded murder, which happened in August 2018, is the subject of a new Netflix documentary. The day after killing his pregnant wife and two daughters, Christopher Watts gave a TV interview, requesting them to come home.

After three days of continuous search by the 20-person Frederick Police Department, the authorities announced that the dead bodies of Mr. Watts’s wife and two daughters had been found on the property of the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation which is his workplace.

Later investigation revealed that Mr. Watts was having an affair with a colleague, and on August 13, he argued with his wife about separation. Although initially, he denied the murder charges of his daughters, he later admitted that he was responsible for all of their murders.

In November 2018, Watts pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole. (source)

7. Peter Keller, a 41-year-old survivalist, shot and killed his wife, 41-year-old Lynettee Keller and his 19-year-old daughter Kaylene, before setting his house on fire. He was hiding in a bunker on Rattlesnake Ridge, Washington after the murder which he had been building for the past eight years.

Peter Keller
Family Handout. Kaylene Keller with mother Lynnettee Keller (left) Peter Keller (right) Image credits: KingcosoPIO/Youtube

On April 22, 2012, the bodies of a 41-year-old Lynettee Keller and her 19-year-old daughter, Kaylene, were discovered when the authorities came to respond to the fire in Peter Keller’s house in Washington. They’d both been shot in their bedrooms. Police charged Peter Keller with murder and arson when bullet casings confirmed that he had killed his family.

This was a planned murder as the 41-year-old Keller spent eight years planning and building a bunker in the wild vegetation of Washington. Police spent about a week searching for him, who was the prime suspect, before finding him in his 20-foot bunker on Rattlesnake Ridge.

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After a 22-hour stand-off with the SWAT team, Peter committed suicide inside the bunker. The bunker was packed with 13 guns, shelves of ammunition, a stove, PVC pipe, 45 pounds of beans, gasoline, food, soap, and other supplies.

According to the reports, Keller’s intention was to burn down the entire house and the remaining evidence with it. His 10-minute, self-recorded video clip was released by the King County Sheriff’s Office in which he recorded two weeks before the murder where he talks about his plans. (1, 2)

8. Henri Van Breda was found guilty of murdering his millionaire parents, older brother, and injuring his sister with an ax in South Africa on 27 January 2015. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2018.

Henri Van Breda and Family
Henri Van Breda and Family. Image credits: Iol.co.za

Henri Van Breda lived a privileged life with his millionaire parents and siblings in South Africa. On the morning of 27 January 2015, his 21-year-old brother, Rudi, his parents, Martin, 55, and Teresa, 54, were found in a pool of blood on the first floor of their home on the De Zalze Golf Estate. His sister Marli was heavily wounded.

However, he denied all charges against him and claimed that a man in a black mask broke into the house and slaughtered his family members with an ax while he was in the bathroom. He told the court that he wrestled the intruder, and in the process, he was stabbed on his torso.

But his story didn’t convince the police and the court as according to reports that showed it is nearly impossible to break into their house. His family was living in one of the safest neighbourhoods in South Africa.

Van Breda was given three life sentences in the hearing on June 5, 2018, as he was found guilty of three counts of murder. He will also serve a separate 15-year sentence for the attempted murder of his younger sister. (source)

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9. Rowan Baxter, 42 killed his three kids and wife Hannah Clarke, 31 by burning the car using petrol they were in before stabbing himself to death on 19th February 2020 in Brisbane. The couple separated in November 2019 and were working on custody arrangements for the kids.

Rowan Baxter
Rowan Baxter with Hannah Baxter. Image credits: Hannah Clarke/Facebook

Hannah Clarke married Rowan Baxter, former members of the New Zealand Warriors Rugby League team in Kingscliff, New South Wales in October of 2012. They had three children, Aaliyah, six, Laianah, four, and Trey, three.

The couple separated in November 2019, and Hannah left the house to live with her parents in Camp Hill with their kids. The two were working on custody arrangements. Baxter allegedly kidnapped his six-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, on Boxing Day of 2019, which allowed his wife to get a domestic violence order against him.

On 19 February 2020, while they were driving to school on Wednesday, Baxter approached their SUV and sat in the passenger seat. It is believed that Rowan doused the car in petrol with his wife and kids inside. Hannah Clarke had managed to get out of the burning car. The children, who were strapped into the back seat, died in the flames. Baxter also died at the scene. Reportedly, he stabbed himself.

According to witnesses, Ms. Clarke jumped out of the car on fire, exclaiming, “He’s poured petrol on me!” Hannah Clarke died at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital later that day due to severe burns. Reports suggest that Hannah was constantly abused by her husband for more than a decade. (1, 2)

10. Chris Benoit, a professional wrestler known as the “Canadian Crippler,” killed his wife and seven-year-old son in their house in Fayetteville, before taking his own life by hanging himself with a cable from a weight machine in his home gym.

An icon of the WWE world and an idol to many before ultimately becoming one of wrestling’s darkest tales, Benoit was only 40 years old when he committed the unthinkable crime of killing his wife and seven-year-old son before taking his own life on June 24th, 2007.

There were few speculations to understand the motive behind the murder. Benoit took steroids during his entire career. Some people believed that the steroids fueled his rage attitude led to the murder. Another link to the motive was his brain reports.

The WWE legend’s brain reports suggested that he had the mind of 85-year-old suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. This brain condition was caused by years of concussions during the matches.

None of the speculations have been proven to this day, and his name will always be remembered as a criminal despite his success in the WWE ring. (source)

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