Chris Watts FaceTimed his mistress soon after murdering family but he was quiet during the call and just stared at her
Chris Watts' mistress Nichol Kessinger shared that he was just staring at her in the video call after the murders took place on August 13
On the same day that Chris Watts killed his wife Shanann Watts and daughters four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, he FaceTimed his mistress and according to her, Watts seemed "fixated" on her and "stared at her."
This detail has been included in the 2,000 pages of documents that were eventually released by the Weld County, Colorado, District Attorney’s Office post Watts pleading guilty to the murders. The murders took place on August 13 before which Chris Watts was having an affair with his colleague Nichol Kessinger. The affair continued even as his wife Shanann desperately tried to save their crumbling marriage.
According to prosecutors, Watts' desire to have a "fresh start" with Kessinger was the motive for the gruesome killings. Kessinger had shared with investigators that on the video call with Watts after the murders, she noticed how he was lying in bed on a mattress which had no sheets. These missing sheets proved to be a very important detail in making the case against Chris.
Before the bodies of the victims were discovered on an oil site owned by Chris' former employer, a drone had been able to spot a sheet on the oil property. The sheet was a match to another sheet and a pillowcase which was found in a trash can in the Watts' home in Frederick, Colorado.
Kessinger also shared with investigators that Watts was particularly quiet during the video call and did not really speak much or say anything. All he told Kessinger was that he had been "cleaning his home and trying to keep busy to keep his mind off things." Among other discoveries in the documents released by the DA's office, Watts shared with his mistress that he had no idea that his wife Shanann was pregnant until the day after she had gone missing. He added that Shanann told him that he was not the father.
However, these claims totally contradict video clips that were posted by Shanann on her Facebook page where she clearly tells her husband Watts that she was expecting. Before the murders took place, Shanann had spent a majority of the summer in North Carolina with her parents and children while Watts remained in their Colorado home having the affair with Kessinger.
It was while Watts was having the affair that Shanann tried very hard to save their marriage and even gave him books on self-help and relationship counseling. However, Watts was already not feeling anything in the marriage and ignored all the books and advice. She even confronted him about how distant he was through texts.
One text read, "l realized during this trip what’s missing in our relationship! it'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." Another read, "l try to give you space, but while you are working and living the bachelor life l’m carrying our 3rd and fighting with our two kids daily and trying to work and make money."
Watts strangled his wife Shanann and dumped her body inside a shallow grave on the site. He killed his daughters with his bare hands and placed their bodies in drums which had crude oil. When the family was reported missing, Watts even had the audacity to appear on TV and plead with the public for the family's safe return.