Chris Watts placed on suicide watch for the second time after other inmates shout out ways for him to 'kill himself in his cell'
Watts said that other inmates at the prison had been pushing him to commit suicide for his crimes. Fearing he might take his own life, prison officials have him on suicide watch
Following his shocking jailhouse confession about how he killed his pregnant wife and two daughters, Chris Watts is reportedly back on suicide watch as he serves three life sentences back to back in prison.
In a conversation with Radar, a source at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections said that 33-year-old Watts is on "clinical observation", also known as suicide watch, which requires prison guards to check on him every 15 minutes, with all the checks being recorded in real time, Daily Mail reports.
He was initially on suicide watch last September when he was in the Weld County Jail as the severity of his predicament began to dawn to on him. A source who had spoken to Watts in prison told People at the time: “The gravity of the situation has hit him like a ton of bricks. Depression is setting in, and he’s despondent.”
Speaking with FBI agents last month, Watts said that other inmates at the prison had been pushing him to commit suicide for his crimes. "All the inmates would yell at him at night and would explain to him all the ways he could kill himself in his cell," said one official who interviewed Watts.
Prison officials soon feared he might take his own life, thereby placing him on suicide watch for the second time. Watts was transferred to Wisconsin from Colorado last year following security threats after being sentenced to life in prison in November. Investigators learned last month that the killer had strangled his pregnant wife Shanann when she confronted him about his extramarital affair with Nichol Kessinger, his mistress.
According to Watts, the pair had had sex just hours before he murdered her after she returned home from a business trip to Arizona. Now, the 33-year-old says he regrets his actions. "Right now I'd have a five-year-old...a three-year-old...and more than likely, a one-month-old son...and a beautiful wife...and right now it's just me," he told investigators.
Watts is seen in surveillance footage captured by his neighbor appearing to walk one of his young daughters to the car before he took her life. According to Watts, he attacked Shanann after she told him he would never "see the kids again" after he revealed to her his relationship with Kessinger. "Get off me...don't hurt the baby," he remembers her telling him.
At first, Shanann believed he wanted to have sex again as he was straddling her body. "Every time I think about it, I'm just like, did I know I was going to do that before I got on top of her?" Watts told investigators.
"Everything that happened that morning I just don't - I don't know. I try to go back in my head. I didn't want to do this, but I did it...it just felt like there was already something in my mind that was implanted that I was gonna do it and when I woke up that morning, it was gonna happen and I had no control over it."
In the confession, he also revealed that after he had snuffed the life out of his two little girls and their bodies in the oil field tankers, he had thought of killing himself. Watts said that he had taken along with him a gasoline can but then decided against ending his life.
As per the CBI report, “He did not commit suicide because he felt like if he did it out at the oil site, he may have ended up hurting more people than just himself. He knew there were other people in the area and didn’t want something to catch fire or blow up.” As he did not possess any weapons at home, Watts planned to end his life using the gas can, he told police.