Chris Watts' mistress says she fears she won't find any job after she got fired because of her affair with him
Nichol Kessinger was heard telling the investigator that she got fired from her job and asked him about how she could change her name and move away from the state.
In one of the many interviews that the Colorado Bureau of Information agents had with Chris Watts' mistress Nichol Kessinger, she spoke about how afraid she was of media attention and how the situation makes it difficult to find a job. In a video that was recorded on August 23 between the mistress and CBI Agent Kevin Koback, Kessinger tells him that she got fired from her job and asks him about how she can change her name and move away from the state.
The Times-Call reported that during the interview, Kessinger can be seen giving Koback her phone and signing a waiver that allowed him to go through phone calls and text messages she and Watts had sent each other. Even though she questioned why the investigators needed her phone, she let them search it. There is still a lot to be discovered, however, because Kessinger deleted everything related to Watts after she found out he was lying to her.
Koback said: "Initially, you drew concern from me when you told me that you deleted everything from Chris," but that concern clearly seems to have faded. Closer to the end of the interview, Koback tells Kessinger that she should stop thinking about the case so much and should probably head out with friends to take her mind off it.
The mistress, however, was more concerned with the long-term effects that have presented themselves due to her connection to the gruesome murders. When Koback mentioned again that she looked tired, she told him that it wasn't only because of her shock at what Watts had done.
She told him: "I lost my job yesterday, so that's where that comes from." Kessinger had previously worked for Tasman Geosciences, which is a company that is contracted with Anadarko Petroleum. Kessinger told Koback that she had informed her company of her situation a few days after Watts was arrested and in the beginning, they said it was ok. One day later, on August 22, they told her that they were letting her go because her contract was done.
Speaking of how afraid she was of the media attention and how that would be harder for her to now find a job, Kessinger told Koback: "I have a feeling that trying to get by for the next five to 10 years is gonna be really hard." She also asked Koback how someone would be able to get their name changed and he tried to encourage her to move out of the state.
At one point during the interview, a victim advocate spoke with the mistress about looking for a therapist so that she can get her life in control. She said close to the end of the interview: "This shocked me just as much as it shocked the rest of the world." Kessinger also said that she did not think that what her former lover did happened because of a couple of bad days or months but that it has been developing into a fullblown problem for quite some time.
She told Koback that she thought "he could have the capacity to do that whether I was in his life or not." She continued: "I think a lot of people are probably gonna assume I was a catalyst." Kessinger told the authorities in many interviews that she always encouraged Watts to spend more time with his daughters. She said, "what would make me happy is him hanging out with his kids".
In one of the taped interviews with the police which have been released, she can be heard saying that her being in his life may have “accelerated the process” of his crimes but said she did not believe Watts snapped. Kessinger rather believes the family’s financial situation was the biggest factor in Watts killing his family.
Kessinger's phone also yielded interesting results. Watts had already told her that his divorce with Shannan had been finalized and her Google searches on her phone reflect her thoughts to that effect. Investigation reports cite that Kessinger spent two hours looking for a wedding dress a week before the murders of Watts' family but she told the police she hadn't made up her mind about Watts.
Other searches were related to sex and pornography while one search which stood out was keyed in after the murders of the family were made public. She had looked into how much money Amber Frey made in her book deal and her net worth, while also searching 'did people hate Amber Frey.' Frey was the mistress of Scott Peterson during the time that he killed his wife Laci and their unborn child.
33-year-old Watts was sentenced to three life terms behind bars without any chance of parole on November 19 for murdering his 15-week pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann, and their two young daughters, Bella and Celeste. The three of them were reported missing on August 13 and their bodies were found a few days later in a remote oil field. Kessinger revealed to the authorities that when she met Watts, he had told her that he was separated and was going to sell the home he owned with his wife.