- The mistress of the Colorado man who admitted to killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters has spoken out to give her side of the story.
- Chris Watts, 33, will be sentenced on Monday for killing his wife Shanann, 34, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, and dumping their bodies at an oil site.
- On Thursday, his mistress, Nichol Kessinger, 30, told the Denver Post that she started dating Watts two months before the murders and said he told her he was in the middle of divorcing his wife.
The mistress of the Colorado man who pleaded guilty last week to killing his wife and two daughters says she didn’t know he was still married until the family went missing.
In an interview with the Denver Post on Thursday, Nichol Kessinger gave her side of the story about her relationship with Chris Watts, who is due to be sentenced on Monday for the murders of his wife Shanann and their two daughters – 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.
Kessinger says she was shocked when she learned about Shanann and the girls’ disappearance in August, when she was about two months into her relationship with Watts.
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She says she met Watts at her job, working for a contractor for Anadarko Petroleum. Watts worked as an oil operator for the company, and walked into her office at the end of June to introduce himself.
Kessinger recalls finding him “soft-spoken” and attractive, and noticed he wasn’t wearing a wedding ring. At some point, Watts told her that he had two daughters, and explained that he was in the middle of divorcing his wife. She says she believed him.
When they met outside of work for the first time that month, she says she asked him more about his divorce and he said they were ironing out financial details.
Kessinger says their relationship turned physical at the beginning of July, when they started seeing each other four to five times a week. When he went to visit his family in North Carolina at the end of the month, he called her to say the divorce was finalised.
It wasn’t until Shanann and the girls went missing on August 13 that she learned that it had all been a lie. At 3:45 p.m. that day, she said Watts called her and said that his wife had taken off with his kids, but seemed eerily calm.
‘He lied about everything’
Kessinger learned more when she read the news that night and found out that not only were Watts and his wife still married, but his wife was 15 weeks pregnant.
“I thought, ‘If he was able to lie to me and hide something that big, what else was he lying about?'” she recalled.
She started texting him later that night and said he changed his story about his marriage, and then tried to change the topic when she grilled him with more questions about the disappearance.
“It seemed off,” she recalled.
The next day she texted him more at work and asked him whether he had anything to do with the disappearance, but she said he told her that he would never hurt his family.
“It got to a point that he was telling me so many lies that I eventually told him that I did not want to speak to him again until his family was found,” she said.
The next morning, she went to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and told investigators about their relationship.
“I just wanted to help. With a pregnant woman and two children missing, I was going to do anything I could,” she said.
Later that night, she learned on the news that Watts had been arrested. The following day, the bodies of the girls were found dumped in oil tanks at an Anadarko site, their mother buried in a shallow grave nearby.
Initially, Watts admitted to killing his wife, but said he only attacked her because he caught her strangling one of their daughters.
Kessinger said she doesn’t buy that story.
“He’s a liar,” she said. “He lied about everything.”
His guilty plea, entered last week, effectively changes that story, since he admits to five counts of first-degree murder.
If the judge accepts the plea deal, Watts will spend the rest of his life in prison.