'They are gone': Chris Watts sent chilling text to mistress immediately after murdering pregnant wife and two daughters
The mistress, Nichol Kessinger, has now spoken out and said that she believed 33-year-old Watts was a divorced father who didn't wear his wedding ring around her
The latest development in the Chris Watts case is that he sent a disturbing text to his mistress after he murdered his pregnant wife and two young daughters mentioning that his family was "gone". The Colorado man claimed that he took his wife Shanann and two girls — four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste — on a play date but that they did not return home. The mistress, Nichol Kessinger, has now spoken out and said that she believed 33-year-old Watts was a divorced father who didn't wear his wedding ring around her. She also said that he appeared to be calm and didn't show any emotions after claiming that his family was missing.
Just hours before he sent Kessinger the text, however, Watts murdered Shanann and their daughters before dumping their bodies at the oil site where he used to work. He had also met her just weeks before this happened.
Kessinger, who confessed to authorities of being Watts' mistress after the pregnant mother and the children disappeared on August 13, has finally come forward and spoken to the Denver Post just days before her former lover is set to be jailed for life.
Kessinger said that Watts seemed like he was a doting father to his two children but then he ended up being a serial liar who did not wear his wedding ring around her. He had told her that he and Shanann had separated and were in the middle of a divorce. She said: "He made me believe that he was doing all of the things that a rational man and good father would do. He's a liar. He lied about everything."
The 30-year-old said that she did not know the full story about Watts' marriage until Shanann, Bella, and Celeste disappeared. The same day, she said that Watts texted her to say that he was busy and they chatted like everything was normal during that work day until 3:45 p.m. This was the moment when Watts sent the text saying that his family was "gone".
Kessinger also told the Post that she was confused when reporters arrived at Watts' family home in Frederick, Colorado, later that day. He went on live TV and gave an interview where he pleaded with an imaginary "kidnapper" for the safe return of his family. He told a reporter while standing outside the home: "I just want them home so bad." That same night, Watts' lies fell apart as Kessinger found out he was still married to Shanann who had been 15-weeks pregnant at the time. His lies to the police and the news stations were also unraveling by then.
#breaking Chris Watts confessed to murder of his wife but not of daughters Bella and Celeste. In fact he blames their murders on Shanann Watts, saying she's the one who strangled them after he said he wanted to separate.— Rob Low (@RobLowTV) August 20, 2018
He admitted he'd been having an affair w/co-worker #kdvr pic.twitter.com/vU4lNlrHK6
Watts changed the story about his divorce to Kessinger in phone calls and text messages after the concerned woman started questioning him about the disappearance of his wife and children. Kessinger then said that he tried to change the subject the next day, on August 14, but she still kept insisting that he tell her what he did but she claimed that he insisted he would never hurt his family.
The 30-year-old then said that she told her former lover she didn't want to speak to him and continued to look at all the news coverage before she decided to approach the detectives and the FBI to tell them about the affair she had with Watts. She told the Post: "I just wanted to help. With a pregnant woman and two children missing, I was going to do anything that I could."
Kessinger said that she started dating Watts in July, which was only weeks before the triple murder took place, and that she had no doubts that Watts killed his family when the allegations for the same emerged. The father admitted that he murdered his wife and children as well as unlawfully terminated a pregnancy in order to avoid the possibility of a death sentence. He is set to be sentenced to life behind bars on November 19 if a judge accepts the plea deal.
The young woman said that she had met Watts when she was working for the environmental department of a contractor with Anadarko Petroleum. Watts, at the time, was working for the petroleum giant. Kessinger said that he had introduced himself to her at work in June this year. She said that he didn't wear a wedding ring and she found him attractive. She also said that Watts told her he had two daughters, that he was separated from his wife, and that the couple were going through divorce proceedings at the time.
Kessinger said that she believed everything Watts said and the two of them started a physical relationship early in July. They allegedly met each other four or five times a week. She told the Post that she wanted to take things slow after a point and that she told him to focus on helping Bella and Celeste adjust to their new lives after the divorce.
She said that in July, Watts and his family went on a family trip to visit some relatives in North Carolina. She said that Watts called her from there and said that the divorce had been finalized. Later that same month, Watts asked Kessinger to help him find an apartment. She told the publication that she "barely knew him" and that she was never introduced to any of his family or friends when they were in the relationship, which lasted just two months.