Back on August 13, Chris Watts snapped. After growing apart from his family and becoming besotted with a co-worker named Nichol, he decided he had to act so he could have a “fresh start.”
Just before sunrise at Frederick, Colorado, home, he strangled his pregnant wife, Shan’ann. He then smothered his two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. He then hid the bodies on some property that was owned by his employer.
Back at the house, the then Googled the lyrics to Metallica’s “Battery” from the Master of Puppets album.
Watts was arrested two days after the murders. On November 6, he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, multiple counts of tampering with a dead body, and a charge known as “unlawful termination of a pregnancy.” His sentence was three consecutive life sentences, two additional life sentences, 48 years for the pregnancy termination count, and 36 years total for tampering with dead bodies.
We know about the Metallica connection because details of the police investigation have been made public. People Magazine picked up on the story this past week.
August 13, 2018 (CBS4 note: This contains lyrics from a song which Chris Watts looked up on Google the lyrics include: “- lunacy has found me – Cannot stop the battery – Pounding out aggression – Turns into obsession – Cannot kill the battery – Cannot kill the family .“
1010 hours: during a respite following the murder of his family, and disposing of their bodies at a desolate well site, Watts searched Google for the lyrics to “Battery” by Metallica. ”Lashing out the action, returning the reaction – Weak ore ripped and torn away – Hypnotizing power, crushing all thot cower – Battery is here to stay Smashing through the boundaries – Lunacy hos found me – Cannot stop the battery – Pounding out aggression – Turns into obsession – Cannot kill the battery – Cannot kill the family – Battery is found in me Crushing oll deceivers, moshing non-believers – Never-ending potency – Hungry violence-seeker, Feeding off the weaker – Ereeding on insanity Smashing through the boundaries – lunacy hos found me – connote stop the battery – Pounding out aggression – Turns into obsession – Cannot kill the battery – Cannot kill the family – Battery is found in me – Battery, Battery Circle of destruction, hammer comes crushing – Powerhouse of energy – Whipping up o fury, dominating flurry – We create the battery Smashing through the boundaries – Lunacy hos found me – Cannot stop the buttery – Pounding out aggression – Turns into obsession – Cannot kill the battery – Cannot kill the family – Battery is found in me.”
I bring this up because this could open up the old debate over whether music (especially flavours of metal) can bring out aggressive tendencies in people. Ozzy, The Beatles, Judas Priest, AC/DC Marilyn Manson, Slayer, Eminem, Slipknot, and a variety of black metal bands and hip-hop artists (see a partial list here and others here and here) have been implicated in various court cases.
No comment from Metallica yet, but what are they supposed to say?