What Are Family Annihilators? | American Murder: The Family Next Door | Netflix

The FBI calls them “family annihilators” and they’re the most common type of mass murderer in the U.S. But these killers are notoriously difficult to study. Family life is private, and these crimes rarely leave behind any witnesses. Here’s a look inside the minds and motives of family annihilators.
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  1. S. Galaxia

    S. Galaxia

    Acum 23 minute

    Hypocrisy when you think of Governments/Corporations throwing away their people like garbage, treating their people like garbage, and feeding garbage both literally & figuratively to their people. I, for one, welcome the ANNIHILATION of ALL HUMANITY.

  2. Chee Chalker

    Chee Chalker

    Acum 33 minute

    “Toxic masculinity” Seriously? Chris Watts was hen-pecked and subservient

  3. joanne jones

    joanne jones

    Acum 2 ore

    I saw this last night. This was so damn ridiculous to me because if you want to be single be single.

  4. Myhappyplace


    Acum 3 ore

    Stop making excuses for this man , he killed his family so he could start a new one with his mistress and that was easier then a divorce cause he won’t look bad for leaving her according to his letter to the Author he also tried to drug her at first so she could miscarry cause his mistress said she wanted to have his son

  5. Desiree Hall

    Desiree Hall

    Acum 3 ore

    he got the 7 yr. itch...wanted footloose and fancy free...

  6. Sweet Dixie

    Sweet Dixie

    Acum 4 ore


  7. Casandra Reece

    Casandra Reece

    Acum 5 ore

    He knew he couldn’t divorce her and give up parental rights to not have to be in their life anymore because paying alimony to Shanann and child support for 3 kids, he wouldn’t have money to create a new life with Nikki. Disgusting monster, I’ll never understand why he wanted to look elsewhere when he had a loving, beautiful wife and children. Why the life so many people dream of wasn’t enough is something I just don’t get.

  8. Nan Murray

    Nan Murray

    Acum 6 ore

    It would be great if CW would man up and let society know what was in his heart when he killed his wife and daughters.

  9. Illi Mai

    Illi Mai

    Acum 6 ore

    This guy is basically the Steve Peterson type. The reason why he killed his family is why he killed Laci and Connor. Only difference is this one confessed.

  10. Blue Fox

    Blue Fox

    Acum 6 ore

    I just saw the family annihilator episode on SVU, messed up on tv drama and even more messed up in real life

  11. Francelina BTS Army Mom

    Francelina BTS Army Mom

    Acum 7 ore

    So in all the murders these psychos ended up taking their own life; except for CW! He was too stupid and too cooky to think he had committed the perfect murder and be free to go live with his home wrecker NK. It’s too bad for him because Nickole Atkinson never gave him that chance. Within a couple of days he was behind bars. And he never got to spend a single second with the woman he had killed for. Now he is trying to cook up some ways to get out of prison. It brings me joy to think that: 1) he never got to spend a day with NK as a free man. 2) he will NEVER again see the light of day, or make love to a woman.

  12. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker

    Acum 9 ore

    If I were him I would just get a divorce but I bet the wife wouldn't agree.

  13. Maja Tadic

    Maja Tadic

    Acum 9 ore

    I can understand killing an ex partner (it is horrible anyway and don't get me wrong) but killing your own child...??? 😥😥😥😥😥

  14. Canon Kingsley

    Canon Kingsley

    Acum 10 ore

    Annihilators? They're just plain old monsters. There's no other words for it.

  15. Sandra Monaghan

    Sandra Monaghan

    Acum 12 ore

    What gives me pleasure is knowing he will never have a moment of privacy his mind wont rest even in his bed at night no choosing what he eats no walking on a beach not even on the grass I could go on the s.o.b. deserves to get everything that comes to him and more

  16. tulipchic34


    Acum 13 ore

    My ex was toxic. Didn’t see me as an equal with a right to autonomy. It was a little scary when I left him. All good. Ow

  17. Roxanna Alcalá

    Roxanna Alcalá

    Acum 14 ore

    After Chris Watts strangled his wife, who was pregnant with their son, and smothered his two daughters - his mistress googled how much money Frey made in her book deal and her net worth, while also searching "did people hate Amber Frey" .. ( Amber Frey was the mistress of a man who murdered his wife and unborn child.)

    • bestguywhotellsitlikeitis


      Acum 12 ore

      She certainly seems to have had knowledge or involvement.

  18. Jordan Gimpel

    Jordan Gimpel

    Acum 14 ore

    Worst thing is he’s trying to appeal his conviction and he has a new girlfriend in prison smh

  19. Vivian Hi

    Vivian Hi

    Acum 17 ore

    n that's why 99% of men need to be sacrifice (:

  20. Harley Loves

    Harley Loves

    Acum 17 ore

    Those poor babies they trusted their father, why couldn’t he just leave? He’s a sick piece of crap!

  21. Ri Sa

    Ri Sa

    Acum 19 ore

    In my country, kids killers, pedophiles and rapist are looked down by other inmates, and they usually got beaten to death by other inmates in prison.

  22. Amat Mulisha

    Amat Mulisha

    Acum 19 ore

    The main reason is a LUST! At least in Chris Watts case. Falling in love with new mistress that make him killed his daughter and wife.

  23. Phillip M

    Phillip M

    Acum 20 ore

    And white

  24. Rebecca Abel

    Rebecca Abel

    Acum 22 ore

    We live in a society that honors individualism and promotes narcissism. Marriage is difficult living with a person and creating a family is beautiful but we humans are complex beings. Financial hardships, social interactions with your spouse can bring discord and if a marriage is falling apart or psychological emotional is going on it adversely effects children. This is why before marrying someone annoy your oartner see hoe he / she reacts when they are angry. It takes years to teally know a person..

  25. Zim Martinez

    Zim Martinez

    Acum 22 ore

    On the Koo he don't look like he is really happy ,I could tell he's putting on that poker face and maybe force her to go live and make it seem like happy when it's the worst behind the scene

  26. Zim Martinez

    Zim Martinez

    Acum 22 ore

    On the Koo he don't look like he is really happy ,I could tell he's putting on that poker face and maybe force her to go live and make it seem like happy when it's the worst behind the scene

  27. Lexa Garvey

    Lexa Garvey

    Acum 22 ore

    Susan Powell from the podcast Cold along with her sons



    Acum 22 ore

    Damn, even in the documentary they're still tryna say Christopher Watts has some sort of problems that leads to him killing his entire family. IF he was black, things would be gone differently.

  29. G


    Acum 23 ore

    Cowards. That’s what they are. I mean is there anything else to call them?

  30. emeraldeyes55


    Acum o Zi

    Definitely has sexism/misogyny involved. I saw at least 2 instances in the Netflix doc where he says something like "shes a woman so.." when talking to police. It just stood out for some reason. Add in the fact Shanann would tease about being the bossy one in the relationship. Then look at the video of them setting up a Santa moment for the kids and she teases him about forgetting his phone in the garage. His response comes off as small and meek. And then theres his parents. Toxic, refuse to accept his wife, endanger his kids... He clearly has some leanings toward misogyny and he's in a relationship with a woman who obviously "wears the pants." He has only female children. And when he finds out shes pregnant his first response is to comment on the pink on the test and joke that that means another girl. Sure they learned it was a boy but that just before he snapped. Toxic masculinity has a lot to answer for.

  31. Favian Alvarez

    Favian Alvarez

    Acum o Zi

    Why am I surprised he's was a cop.

  32. Angela Buyck

    Angela Buyck

    Acum o Zi

    These dudes threw away everything. Another man would die for ro have sad shame

  33. Teresa Rowe

    Teresa Rowe

    Acum o Zi

    I can’t believe ppl didn’t hear about this story b4 Netflix thank god they made the documentary

  34. Angela Buyck

    Angela Buyck

    Acum o Zi

    family. Life thingo his mask off

  35. Angela Buyck

    Angela Buyck

    Acum o Zi

    They have a istress they want to run away with he thought he owned the fsmily.

  36. Angela Buyck

    Angela Buyck

    Acum o Zi

    Domestic violence awarness

    • Angela Buyck

      Angela Buyck

      Acum o Zi

      My brother in law looks thst dude

  37. Lee Magrish

    Lee Magrish

    Acum o Zi

    I believe meth and ayahuasca was involved.

  38. tiffany fick

    tiffany fick

    Acum o Zi

    Immediately prior to the pandemic, my husband and I both lost our jobs. We went from well over six figures a year with no debt to losing our jobs ,income, home, and becoming deeply in debt. I’m only saying this because I consider us soooo lucky. We had family to help us, we have become even closer, we could no longer care at all about materialistic things, and we have new jobs to start over with such better priorities and perspectives. It sucked, but I would now never change what happened.

  39. Orin Pourin

    Orin Pourin

    Acum o Zi

    Crazy docu

  40. Tabitha Elkins

    Tabitha Elkins

    Acum o Zi

    Why not just get a divorce?

  41. shawn grant

    shawn grant

    Acum o Zi

    All white mam

  42. Dark Skies

    Dark Skies

    Acum o Zi

    Boy Netflix always gotta use those buzz words...toxic masculinity 🙄

  43. bethann landerstyle

    bethann landerstyle

    Acum o Zi

    That woman in the striped sweater is AMAZING

  44. Dee8Bee


    Acum o Zi

    I remember that this happened to a woman and her 2 children in my old neighbourhood. I just moved out of my parents house more than a year before. I know it isn’t true, but I always felt that these things happened in the big cities like Amsterdam. Or other countries. But never in my little city.

  45. Banu _

    Banu _

    Acum o Zi

    For him to have such a deep apathy, something must be wrong deep within. I believe in his childhood he became a maligned version of himself and eventually it lead to this..

    • Special Twice

      Special Twice

      Acum 9 ore

      Banu _ Npd

  46. Leto II Atreides

    Leto II Atreides

    Acum o Zi

    Make more videos like this for ROfilm!

  47. Iridia Furnival

    Iridia Furnival

    Acum o Zi

    We had one happen in Australia back in February this year (2020). The father set fire to his wife and kids in their car, then killed himself. They were the Baxter family. He had been a football player and everyone thought 'he was a great guy' - Nope. Nothing of the sort! He was a family annihilator and had been in a custody battle with his wife who was scared of him. He clearly couldn't handle doing a divorce in a civil way.

  48. Joseph Henri Lucien Denys

    Joseph Henri Lucien Denys

    Acum o Zi

    It's quite possible that CW was annoyed with Shannan filming everything 24/7. No privacy. However no excuse for killing his entire family because he wasn't happy and under constant pressure from his wife. CW had many other options

  49. Idiot Wizard

    Idiot Wizard

    Acum o Zi

    Just some important information: narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder both develop almost always as a result of traumatic childhood experiences, and therefore the behaviours caused are often directly related to the way they were treated as children. These behaviors however can be treated, in many cases the sufferers do not seek treatment but if they do there can be significant improvements made even though core elements (such as lack of empathy) may remain a struggle. I also want to note that lack of empathy does not mean they cannot care for others, they can still feel sympathy for example, and can learn to care for other people's well-being in general and stop with the damaging behaviors. Having these disorders does not make you a killer, these people had a choice and they chose murder, they deserve all the prison that comes with that. Do not assume that every person with the same disorder would make that same choice.

  50. Nello Melendez

    Nello Melendez

    Acum o Zi

    Sometimes money bankruptcy cost of killing

  51. Christmas is coming

    Christmas is coming

    Acum o Zi

    I do find some Netflix documentary series tend to drag, but this one deserves more than just one episode. The interrogation process is amazing.

  52. john king

    john king

    Acum o Zi

    That’s crazy they said family annailators happen mostly on sundays in August and that’s when shannan and the kids got murdered!!!

  53. Chris Pines

    Chris Pines

    Acum o Zi

    The “widows son” a Freemasons plea for help. Weird.

  54. Kele Beck

    Kele Beck

    Acum o Zi

    It’s so mind blowing and awful. He looks like he’s the perfect dad in the home videos. Shanann and him made a really great looking couple. They had a great house and she seemed so happy on social media. You would never think in a million years this would happen. And all over a girlfriend! Does anyone think he may have been on drugs? Or was he just hiding his sociopathy? There’s a theory that he may have killed another pregnant woman years before. And some say he was having affairs with other people. Was he a Jeckel and Hyde? I wouldn’t meet anyone on Facebook like shanann met Chris watts after this. I really think you have to know someone and their family a very long time before getting married as well. Maybe his family hating Shanann had something to do with his thinking this was okay? I’ll never get over this case. RIP to Shanann and her 3 little angels.

  55. Carol Paupst

    Carol Paupst

    Acum o Zi

    Baby killers, pregnant Mom killers, No excuses!! None!

  56. Christmas Lore

    Christmas Lore

    Acum o Zi

    In France, we had some years ago the Xavier de Ligonnes drama... He killed his whole family, wife and two kids...then burried them under the veranda, pretending for days they moved to Canada or some place ahead of him for his new job. He was jobless, of course. Had been for years and hiding it. He's still on the run to this day. Some psychologists think he might have killed himself soon after the murders. But there also have been reported sighting of him all over Europe, through the years.

  57. Sonia C

    Sonia C

    Acum o Zi

    It's so sad that this is the way these ppl think is the best way to solve their personal problems. Kids and spouses don't deserve to die due to their selfish ways of thinking.

  58. TrynaBeALady


    Acum 2 Zile

    This made me feel okay with being forever alone. It’s hard to trust men

    • Rosemary Torres

      Rosemary Torres

      Acum 51 minut

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Georgina Smith

      Georgina Smith

      Acum oră

      Exactly! Totally agree!

  59. PrimetimeD


    Acum 2 Zile

    How do researchers of this kind of thing do what they do? I can't imagine living with these horrible, tragic stories. I mean I get that it needs to be done, but damn, how do they cope?

  60. David Pieper

    David Pieper

    Acum 2 Zile

    No empathy. Everything about him is fake. Fake smile, fake laugh, fake everything. He's a psychopath who tried to live a model life.

  61. Hollywood


    Acum 2 Zile

    Lol I'm not psycho but who doesn't want to annihilate their family during quarantine

  62. Sonia Li

    Sonia Li

    Acum 2 Zile

    they always happen before school starts.

  63. Kostas Georgiu

    Kostas Georgiu

    Acum 2 Zile

    My heart broke when i found out about this case...these little angels, how could one take their life?

  64. Kiko2010


    Acum 2 Zile

    Of course he had to talk about toxic masculinity. Are there anyone working in media that are not left wing?

  65. Alejandra Nuñex

    Alejandra Nuñex

    Acum 2 Zile

    Este caso es terrible no tiene perdón por lo que hizo estaría bueno que puedan traducir los vídeos este caso llego a todas partes saludos desde Uruguay

  66. Lisa Ricci

    Lisa Ricci

    Acum 2 Zile

    Still sick to my stomach,I will never get over this case.

  67. hothotheat3000


    Acum 2 Zile

    He actually thought that he was going to get away with this.

  68. Raina Mermaid

    Raina Mermaid

    Acum 2 Zile

    so when you say mass murders does that include mass shootings? The USA has SO many so it's shocking to me to think that there are family annihilators in the numbers MORE than that

  69. Ashley N

    Ashley N

    Acum 2 Zile

    Cops missed like 90% of what happened. Closed the case after Chris confessed. Somehow things like the fact that Nichol was stalking them for a year prior, or the fact that Chris fed a bunch of 80mg Oxy to Shenann and no one is asking where he got it from, are being ignored. And then there’s the fact that he refuses to give up who gave it to him, and Nichol was a patient at some rehab centre. Also the fact that she literally vanished and we somehow don’t even know her DOB. Highly likely connected via her father. But that’s just my thoughts.

  70. Frankie


    Acum 2 Zile

    What about the affair aspect as a catalyst and influence for these family annihilaters? The mistress is very often personality disordered themselves (borderline or narcissism) and is resentful of the wife and kids.

  71. Amy


    Acum 2 Zile

    This happens all over the world with females being murdered in much higher numbers by men.

  72. AJ M

    AJ M

    Acum 2 Zile

    Netflix: the branding of this was beneath you, disgusting. So one of the murderers watch this sort of material? This will create more “annihilations”

  73. R.E.


    Acum 2 Zile

    Guess I'll just be lonely 🙃

  74. Art Jazz アートジャズ

    Art Jazz アートジャズ

    Acum 2 Zile

    This being represents the devil.

  75. Love Yourself

    Love Yourself

    Acum 2 Zile

    Killing your own little children with your bare hands? Is he even human? Even Satan doesn’t do that to his children 😨

  76. Kelly Mungomo

    Kelly Mungomo

    Acum 2 Zile

    Chris shouldn't have done interviews 😂🚮

  77. The Stoney Times

    The Stoney Times

    Acum 2 Zile

    Also is this a ROfilm ? This videos is def ROfilm video essay style

  78. The Stoney Times

    The Stoney Times

    Acum 2 Zile

    Shocker he’s a cop

  79. Jarnara Story

    Jarnara Story

    Acum 2 Zile

    If you stay in Indonesia prison because you murder wife, children or women, you'll beat up by another prisoners until you death. Case closed.

    • Mina Torreteo

      Mina Torreteo

      Acum o Zi

      Here in the Philippines, they would usually don't reach prison and would died because they "fought" the police in the car

  80. Ariana Holly

    Ariana Holly

    Acum 2 Zile

    Umm ??? When someone admits to raping someone in a therapy session I’m 99% sure the therapist is required to report that behavior.

    • Gilded Rose

      Gilded Rose

      Acum 11 ore

      Joni it became illegal in the 1990s

    • Joni


      Acum o Zi

      Not sure but maybe it happened in a state where rape in marriage was legal in that time? (Which is awful) idk when martial rape became illegal in all states

  81. M A

    M A

    Acum 2 Zile

    Horrible. Innocent people paying for the crime and mistakes of others

  82. schnadee


    Acum 2 Zile

    "Someone has to protect this family from the man who protects this family." - Skyler White

  83. Infinity Girl

    Infinity Girl

    Acum 2 Zile

    To me anyone who kills their entire families deserves to die an excruciatingly painful death

  84. Tru Tam

    Tru Tam

    Acum 2 Zile

    There is absolutely no evidence that Chris did ANYTHING !! There are Fingerprints from the garbage bag Shan'Ann was in and they Do NOT belong to our victim or the accused !!! Please someone needs to really expose this actual case !!!

  85. Jordyn Atkinson

    Jordyn Atkinson

    Acum 2 Zile

    How dumb do you have to be to think a pregnancy test with pink lines means it’s a girl.....................

  86. Kate Nolan

    Kate Nolan

    Acum 2 Zile

    It’s just so incredibly disturbing seeing Chris in those interviews claiming he wants his family back after knowing what he did

  87. Sidin' With Biden

    Sidin' With Biden

    Acum 2 Zile

    Family annihilators are about ego and control.

  88. Bea Long

    Bea Long

    Acum 2 Zile

    Has Cindy Watts seen this, I think it could help her understand her son?

  89. Thomas h

    Thomas h

    Acum 3 Zile

    lol toxic masculinity.... lmfao c'om . That's not a scientific term.

  90. Umchina Girard

    Umchina Girard

    Acum 3 Zile

    Families are fragile... Our Education system needs to teach family systems relationships... Teach kids how to recognise patterns of family scapegoating/bullying culture and how being raised by a narcissist parent can cause significant empathy deficiency...

  91. Umchina Girard

    Umchina Girard

    Acum 3 Zile

    What was Chris’s childhood like? Was he raised by a narcissist too?

  92. Stephen S

    Stephen S

    Acum 3 Zile

    I’m noticing now that the Netflix doc on Chris Watts was heavily suggesting that Shannan’s overbearing trait led the murders. Whereas this micro doc mentions toxic masculinity and seems to veer toward patriarchy blame. I wonder if Netflix released this as damage control against the crowd claiming Netflix had been victim blaming. Either way Netflix should release more micro docs. These are good.

    • Angela Buyck

      Angela Buyck

      Acum o Zi

      Only one to blame was chris and his mistress

  93. TheMCW


    Acum 3 Zile

    Why would you destroy your genes? Even animals don’t get rid of their own blood! Scary thing is that with family annihilators most of the time you never see it coming! And to think your home should be the safest place you could be! Scary!

  94. Mz C0mpt0n

    Mz C0mpt0n

    Acum 3 Zile

    This makes me so mad! The fact that people think that killing others (their own family members at that) will solve their problems... HOW CRAZY ARE YOU?!

  95. Bryar Pace

    Bryar Pace

    Acum 3 Zile

    Someone I went to high school with (severely physically handicapped) was a victim of this when her father had murdered her, her mother, and then committed suicide. I know that the financial hardships of having an adult with a disability who relies on you is extreme and often unbearable, so that might’ve been part of it.

  96. Jce L

    Jce L

    Acum 3 Zile

    Learned a new term today: family annihilators. Didn't know there was a term for these monsters until now.

    • Special Twice

      Special Twice

      Acum 10 ore

      Jce L I suggest you read the books "the sociopath next door" and "psychopath free" The first one you can find on ROfilm.

    • Special Twice

      Special Twice

      Acum 10 ore

      Jce L Narcissist or npd is the more accurate term. When people hear the word narcissist, they think of a shallow guy staring at his reflection in a mirror. You know how there is the word "baby"? Baby= an infant Baby= an endearment for bf/gf The same thing applies to narcissist. Narcissist=a guy looking in a mirror, in love with his own reflection Narcissist=a person who thinks they are better than sliced bread, doesn't do responsibility, lacks empathy, blames others, lies, cheats, and at the end of it all still thinks he is better than sliced bread and the smartest most handsome person in the room. Oh, and also calls his wife stupid, and thinks SHE is insane, emotional, and crazy when she starts to cry. Even though he made her that way by yelling/blaming her. (Major mental disorder) You can find videos about npd on yt.

  97. Aranega Consultants

    Aranega Consultants

    Acum 3 Zile

    The children!

  98. Lauren


    Acum 3 Zile

    Side effect of marriage: death

  99. Dawn I

    Dawn I

    Acum 3 Zile

    It's hard for me to believe that Shanann wasnt dealing with some narcissistic abuse during the marriage.

  100. tlcarr08


    Acum 3 Zile

    What kind of justification propaganda is this?