Chris Watts' mistress googled 'how to prepare for anal sex', shopped for wedding dress days before the murders
When the authorities looked through Chris Watts' phone, they found thousands of hidden photographs of a nude or semi-nude Nichol Kessinger who he was having an affair with
Nichol Kessinger, the woman who was having an affair with triple murder convict Chris Watts, was convinced that he was going to leave his wife weeks before he brutally murdered his entire family. Reports from the investigation into the murders of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste Watts have revealed that Kessinger spent more than two hours looking through the internet for a wedding dress just one week before Watts murdered his family. On the night of the murder, the woman was revealed to have spent 45 minutes Googling "how to prepare for anal sex", "the anal sex guide", and then eventually moved on to looking at videos of threesomes on a porn site.
The Daily Mail reported that the final search Kessinger made, that was noted by detectives, came soon after the murders on August 19 when she looked up how much money Amber Frey made by publishing her book. In the same search, she also looked into how much Frey's net worth is and searched "did people hate Amber Frey". Frey was family killer Scott Peterson's mistress during the time he murdered his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn son Conner in Modesto, California.
When the authorities looked through Watts' phone, they found thousands of hidden photographs that were in a secret calculator app which could only be accessed by entering a four-digit code. Many of those pictures show either a nude or semi-nude Kessinger.
The mistress also had her phone searched by investigators. Shanann's phone was also searched after her body was found and it revealed that she had searched through Groupon for a way to afford a nice and cheap weekend holiday for her and Chris.
Just the night before she was murdered, Shanann confirmed child care for the weekend and got a babysitter who was caring for the children the previous Saturday to come back the following Friday before the children would be cared for by the other babysitter she hired. Around the same time, Watts and Kessinger were together and discussing his next steps. This included talks of getting the apartment that he planned to move into when he and Shanann separated.
Watts told his wife that he was at a baseball game but she was already very suspicious of him and had even told her friends that she was going to confront him when she returned from her work trip in Arizona.
She wrote down in a text to her friend Ady the entire speech that she was going to deliver to her husband on the day she returned home after she got some rest.
The text read: "Can you please tell me something, because just like you, I'm in my head? I try to fix things and make them better and this is making me crazy. I know that you need time. I want to give you what you're asking for and respect your space, I need some time. This place that I'm in, in my head, is not a good place. lt is not healthy for me, or Niko. I need you to help me help you. I need you to give just a little bit of what I did, or didn't do, so that I'm not going crazy in my head to figure it out. I know I can't fix this by myself; that, we are going to have to work together."
Shanann then got onto a plane and got picked up at the airport by her friend who dropped her home. She was never heard from again. Watts later sent a text to her phone shortly before 8 am asking where she was. This was only moments before he buried her body in a shallow grave.
He later looked up the lyrics to a Metallica song, called the school that his children were supposed to be enrolling in and notified them that they wouldn't be attending, and finally called a hotel in Aspen.
It is still not clear if he called the hotel to try and cover up his actions or use the trip to take his mistress on a romantic getaway. By noon that same day, several people were enquiring about Shanann's whereabouts, and Watts replied to one enquiry saying: "l just talked to Nicki. Shanann went to a friend's house with the kids today. I haven't heard from her since. I will keep you updated though." The situation only grew more frantic over the next few hours and texts showed that Watts begged people not to contact the police.
The friend who had dropped Shanann off at her home that morning wrote at one point: "l have been to your house you won't open your door, your alarm is set, your shoes are sitting inside, your car's home, l am so very concerned about you right now. I need you to text me or call me and just tell me OK. lf you don't wanna talk to nobody, you don't wanna be around nobody, I get it, it's fine, but I need to know you're OK."
A little after this, many of Shanann's friends started texting each other that it was likely Watts was the one behind her disappearance.
All of this happened 24 hours before Watts' plan was set in motion. On August 12 afternoon, Watts took Bella and Celeste to a birthday party and played in the pool while he started texting his co-worker, Kodi Roberts. At 5:06 p.m. that evening, Watts put his plan into action by disposing of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste's bodies. This was also when he texted Roberts saying that he would be driving out to a remote oil field that is managed by his former company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation.
This is also the same oil field where investigators found the bodies of the pregnant mother and her children a few days later. Watts admitted to the detectives that, after the birthday party, he took his daughters home, gave them showers, fed them pizza, and got them each a snack before he put them to bed. He also said that the children had been eager to see their mother who would be returning home later that night.
Only hours later, Shanann, Bella, and Celeste were murdered and their bodies were disposed of at Cervi 6-29. Frank Rzucek, Shanann's father, was the last person to speak to the girls on Sunday evening through Facetime. He stated in an interview with police officers that he spoke to both Watts and Bella, who was eating cold pizza and candy at the time. He did not mention seeing Celeste.
As the prosecutor was detailing the injuries the mother and her children suffered at the November 19 hearing, Frank could be seen gasping for air and trying to control his emotions. Watts' parents were allowed to speak at the hearing as the grandparents of the children. Cindy and Ronnie Watts begged their son to use his time avoiding capital punishment to make a full confession.
The couples' attorney said: "We hope that he embraces that moment." Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke, however, doubts that the day will come. He said: "Those are the questions that will always haunt anyone who was involved in the investigation. I don't think there is ever going to be a satisfactory answer for anyone."