'I’m a straightforward guy': Emails that Chris Watts sent his mistress Nichol Kessinger show that their affair was built on lies
The emails were included in the case files that were recently released by the Weld County District Attorney's Office and they reveal the early stages of the affair
Before convicted triple murderer Chris Watts and his mistress Nichol Kessinger started on their affair, the two co-workers exchanged multiple emails that made them look like they were committed to keeping the budding relationship as professional and platonic as possible. The emails were included in the case files that were recently released by the Weld County District Attorney's Office and they reveal the early stages of the affair.
Oxygen.com reported that aside from the emails highlighting the initial reluctance that Kessinger felt with going forward with the relationship with Watts because of his wife and children, the exchanges between the pair also show how Watts sweet talked the woman by telling her lies so that he could portray himself as a good man. The first email from Kessinger to Watts was sent on the afternoon of June 5.
This happened right after the pair met for the first time and it also includes other workers from the Anadarko Petroleum office in Platteville, Colorado. The email was written in a formal style that the American workplace has in the 21st century, where Kessinger informed the group of employees that she had talked to her "gas monitor vendor" about their ability to access the INet Now App and how she fixed their account.
Watts did not hit "reply all" when he wrote back to Kessinger and thanked her for her help. The next batch of emails came a week later, on June 12. Kessinger wrote to Watts in a one-sentence email and thanked him "for being honest...Truthfulness is so underrated in our culture".
Seeing as to how the affair came to an end, Watts' reply to what Kessinger sent him seems eerie in hindsight. He wrote: "I’m a straightforward guy. Lying just complicates things." He then called Kessinger "stunning" and "an amazing person" in the same email.
The exchange between the two on June 12 got more and more intimate as the day wore on with the mistress saying she "enjoys talking to [Watts]," and that he makes her "feel understood" when they speak. Initially, however, she turned down his advances for something more romantic.
She wrote in the email: "I am looking for someone to build a beautiful life with (seems so simple but it is so unrealistic sometimes). Build something similar to what you have done with your wife and those cute little girls. I do believe in karma so out of respect for myself, you and your family I think it’s best if we keep that friendship at work."
The woman then ended the email with a note that confirmed the mutual confidentiality of their illicit communications. In response to that, Watts proclaimed that he had his own karmic beliefs while assuring her that "any conversations we have will stay between us".
Kessinger would soon enter into an affair with the triple murderer and Watts was definitely not "straightforward" during that time. She told The Denver Post that Watts "[lied] about everything". She also claimed that he never wore his wedding ring to the office when they first started working together.
Watts had also told Kessinger that he and his wife, Shanann Watts, were separated and that they were close to finalizing their divorce. By July, Kessinger and Watts were in a full-blown relationship with each other. They would keep at their secret affair until Watts suddenly reported his family as missing in August.
It was around this time that Kessinger found out the truth about her lover was still married to his wife and that she was pregnant when she went missing. This just proved to her that everything Watts told her before was a lie and she immediately approached the police, telling them that she was in an affair with Watts.