One of the 'most hated women' in America: Chris Watts' mistress gets shipped off to witness protection and given new name and identity
Chris Watts, who killed his wife and two daughters in August and is now in jail, reportedly started an affair with Nichol Kessinger a month before the incident
According to reports, Chris Watts' mistress has been transferred hundreds of miles from home into witness protection with a new name and identity.
Police found that just a month before Watts killed his two daughters and wife at home in Frederick, Colorado, Nichol Kessinger started an affair with him. Kessinger has been offered protection after she said it would be difficult for her to go out in public "for years" fearing abuse and slander, Daily Mail reports.
Speaking to Radar Online, a source said: "She has received several threats, public shaming and could be considered one of the "most hated women" in America. She plans to start fresh with a new name, new town and ultimately a new identity."
Watts strangled his wife Shanann and suffocated his two daughters at their residence back in August this year. He then dug a shallow grave for Shanann in a crude oil field where he worked before stuffing Bella and Celesta in oil tanks. Watts then made a duplicitous television appearance claiming he didn't know their whereabouts just days before the corpses were found. He was given five life sentences after he pleaded guilty in November.
Kessinger and Watts began talking in late May or early June and began a sexual relationship just weeks after their first encounter, investigators said. According to her, Watts had falsely told her his marriage was over and his wife did not want to work things out with him.
Although Watts mentioned his two daughters to Kessinger, he did not reveal that his wife was expecting a third baby. Watts told her in one of the pair's final conversations that the father of the unborn child was another man and acted surprised by the news himself.
Kessinger spoke with investigators for nearly two hours on August 16 at the Thornton Police Station after the crimes came to light. According to her, she decided to contact investigators herself after concluding her relationship with Chris due to the constant lies he had been feeding her for the past two months.
The 30-year-old Kessinger was markedly forthcoming and candid with investigators and even brought along her father for the interrogation. She broke down twice while speaking to authorities.
Speaking of Watts' lies, Kessinger told investigators: "It's not fair. It wasn't fair to me in the first place, it wasn't fair to her in the first place, it wasn't fair to any of us in the first place, you know. It wasn't fair to his family for him to have an affair, it wasn't fair to me to have him lie to me and make me think that everything is going to plan. And still to this day, I don't even know what's a lie and what's not. I don't even know if they were like filing for divorce. I don't know if they were putting the house up. I don't even know. I don't even know anymore what is real and what is not."
The disillusioned woman was sure that she would have never pursued a relationship with Watts if she had known his marriage was alive and well. "It's like, you know, I'm gonna wake up every day and know that like this mom and her unborn child and these two little girls are not around anymore and it breaks my heart," Kessinger said, crying. "It is in me, and then I have to think about, like, the consequences of his actions and how they affect everybody else."
Nicole worried what would happen if her identity was revealed as the "other woman". "My name is about to be like slandered, for probably a while. I don't know how long it's gonna take to heal. but I would not be surprised if it's gonna be hard to go out in public sometimes for a couple of years," she explained. "And that really hurts me. I'm just like, this is a horrible horrible thing. Like, how dare you, you know. And people aren't gonna understand that. You know, they're gonna say, 'oh you know, you're the woman that had an affair with this man who took out his whole family."
As she spoke about the victims, Kessinger began to tear up once again. "He's so disgusting. I'm so ashamed of him and everything," she said.