The personal details are irrelevant, life always spirals out of control with these disordered individuals. From what I have read, Shanann fits the classic profile of the targetted person, she was isolated, had health issues and was vulnerable. Chris came into her life and became her everything. This disordered personality type lives on the energy of the target and Shanann was all about fuel. She doesn’t know this, she thinks she is living the dream with her perfect husband — her videos show this. People like her compensate, they project their innate empathy onto their partner — she believes he is what he presents and ignores all evidence to the contrary.
He could rescue her and she would adore him, add a few years into marriage and it gets booorrringgg. Where’s the constant adoration and gratitude about what a great guy I am? Now I’ve got to mow the lawn and feed the kids. The girl in the office sure looks cute…. And so their pattern goes. That’s a standard Narcissist Personality Disordered person’s cycle. When you get to the malignant end of the NPD spectrum you have pathological lying — lying done so effortlessly, so flawlessly and so believably because that is all they have been doing their whole lives. Their whole life is a lie. The details of their private lives plays this out, she’s frantically doing her best to build a solid life by working hard, raising her girls, keeping a nice house, but their background tells the story of her duress.
This is a lesson in what a malignant narcissist is capable of.
Chris Watts is personality disordered, there is some debate whether this is mental illness.