Chris Watts' searched on Google about love and new relationships even as wife Shanann desperately tried to salvage their crumbling marriage
Some of the Google searches of Watts, who confessed to the murders earlier this month, includes 'When to say I love you for the first time in a new relationship.'
Earlier this month, Chris Watts was sentenced to life in prison after he pled guilty to killing his pregnant 34-year-old wife Shanann Watts, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in August. 2,000 pages of documents related to the case, which includes the many Google searches that Watts did in the weeks leading up to the murders have been released by the Weld County's District Attorney’s Office, which suggests that he wanted to start anew with his mistress, 30-year-old coworker Nichol Kessinger.
Some of the Google searches of Watts, who confessed to the murders earlier this month, include “When to say I love you for the first time in a new relationship," on July 25, less than weeks before the murders of August 13. On the same day, he also Googled, “What do you feel when someone tells you they love you” and “How does it feel when someone says I love you.”
One of the more troubling searches was also that of lyrics to Metallica’s song ‘Battery,’ which contains lyrics “Smashing through the boundaries, lunacy has found me” and “Pounding out aggression, turns into obsession/Cannot kill the battery/Cannot kill the family.”
Ahead of the murder, Watts had called his daughters’ school to inform that they would not be returning the next year and also reached out to his realtor about selling his home. The Google searches and other documents submitted by the prosecutors offer insights into the motive of the murders and the mind of Watts, who Shannon’s father Frank Rzucek has described as a “heartless monster”.
According to People, Shanann was trying her best to salvage their marriage in the months leading up to the murders, even as Watts was having an affair with Kessigner by the side. During this period, she was staying with her parents in North Carolina, but it is clear from pleading texts that she was desperate to save the marriage, even sending him self-help books and suggesting marriage counseling.
Watts, however, had already been separated from her mentally, apparently ignoring her texts and even leaving one of the books she sent him in a dustbin and had been planning a new life with Kessinger, who he had been dating since late June after they met at work. Towards the end, Shanann seems to have realized that there is really nothing she could have to done to repair the marriage, having texted him, “l realized during this trip what’s missing in our relationship! lt’s only one way emotions and feelings. I can’t come back like this. I need you to meet me halfway. You don’t consider others at all, nor think about others feelings.”
“This was the most horrific case that I’ve ever done,” Weld County Prosecutor Michael Rourke says. “I think you combine the horrible facts of Shanann being pregnant and two little girls being killed as well, and then the horrifying condition in which their bodies were disposed — I think all those things together just sickened everyone who had anything to do with it.”
Watts’ mother continues to struggle with the events and the horrific violence her son is capable of, and stated in court, “I am still struggling to understand how and why this tragedy occurred. I may never be able to understand and accept it, but I pray for peace and healing for all of us.”