- Mobile phone data recovered by detectives in their investigation into Chris Watts show the Colorado man was falling in love with his mistress in the days before he killed his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two kids.
- Shanann Watts picked up on the distance and was desperately trying to salavage their relationship, but Chris Watts remained detached, making internet searches for the prices of Audis while she bought self-help books online.
- Chris Watts killed Shanann Watts and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, sometime in the early morning hours of August 13. Their bodies were dumped at an oil site where Watts worked.
Mobile phone data obtained in the investigation into Colorado murderer Chris Watts show he was looking up ways to marry his mistress and the lyrics to love songs in the days before he killed his pregnant wife and their two kids in August.
The data was included in a batch of nearly 2,000 documents obtained by the Daily Mail in a Freedom of Information Act request this week.
The mobile phone data showed Watts striking up a romantic relationship with a woman he met at work, Nichol Kessinger. He entered her phone number into his phone on June 14, and they started dating while his wife, Shanann Watts, and daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were away for most of the summer visiting family in North Carolina.
Chris Watts’ phone data showed that he had his first phone call with Kessinger on July 7, and a week later they visited a Mustang museum together. Four days later, Kessinger started sending him seminude photos of herself, according to the data obtained by the Mail.
In July, Kessinger Googled the phrase, “Man I’m having affair with says he will leave his wife.” A few hours after that search, Watts made a search for “Victoria [sic] Secret.”
That same day, a worried Shanann Watts sent a slew of texts to her husband saying she had realised “what’s missing in our relationship!” and accusing him of not reciprocating her feelings and effort. The following morning, Chris Watts made several Google searches between 8:41 a.m. and 12:07 p.m., including, “When to say I love you,” “When to say I love you for the first time in a new relationship,” “What do you feel when someone tells you they love you,” and, “How does it feel when someone says I love you.”
During an interview with The Denver Post earlier this month, Kessinger said that she started dating Watts at the end of June and that he told her he was in the final stages of his divorce. She said she didn’t know that he was expecting his third child with his wife.
On July 28, investigators wrote in documents that Watts and Kessinger travelled together to spend a night at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Two days later, Watts started looking up “love letters” and lyrics to love songs.
The next day, Watts flew to North Carolina for the final week of his family’s vacation.
On August 4, while Watts was away, Kessinger spent two hours looking for wedding dresses on Google.
On August 8, a day after the family returned from North Carolina, Watts searched Google for topics related to “marrying your mistress.” Meanwhile, Shanann Watts had started confiding in her friends that her husband had become distant and they were having issues.
In the five final days of her life, Shanann Watts Googled couples counselors in her area and bought relationship self-help books online, according to the documents.
Meanwhile, on August 9, four days before he killed his wife and kids, Chris Watts looked up the price of an Audi Q7. That day, his wife left for a quick business trip to Arizona. The following day, he spent the morning arranging a babysitter to look after his girls so he could attend a Colorado Rockies game the next day. In reality, he went out on a date with Kessinger.
The Watts’ home surveillance system recorded Shanann Watts returning home from Arizona just before 2 a.m. on August 13. The report noted that, at 5:58 a.m., Chris Watts left his home with his family’s bodies “piled in the backseat of his truck.”
Earlier this month, Watts pleaded guilty to counts including first-degree murder. He was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.
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