Chris Watt's mistress reveals chilling text message he sent her after killing his wife and daughters
Police discover a murderous father hinted at his crime to his mistress in a text.
August 2018 had America reeling at a true horror story when a 33-year-old Colorado man murdered his pregnant wife and his two tiny daughters, reported The Sun, on November 16, 2018.
In the quiet Weld County town of Frederik, less than 30 miles North of Denver, Christopher Watts reported his pregnant wife Shannan, 34, and the couple's two children Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, missing on August 13.
"He’s a liar. He lied about everything.”
Nichol Kessinger, The Sun, November 16, 2018.
SHANNAN AND TWO TODDLERS DECLARED MISSING AFTER A PLAY DATE
Watts had reported his wife and daughters missing after they supposedly failed to return home after a playdate, but a woman he was having a clandestine relationship with, Nichol Kessinger, told the Police a different story.
Kessinger had been involved with Watts in a love affair, believing he was separated in the final stages of a divorce. As the search for his missing mounted, journalists circling his door, Kessinger learned that there was no divorce and that his wife was 15 weeks pregnant with his third child.
A WEB OF LIES AND A CHILLING MESSAGE
On the day his wife and daughters vanished, Kessinger received a strange message from Watts stating that his family was "gone." Kessinger realized that everything he had told her was a lie, as he kept changing his story in consecutive text messages.
CONTACTING THE AUTHORITIES
A horrified Kessinger contacted the authorities and informed them of the ongoing relationship between herself and Watts, and told them about the strange texts he had been sending her, and his disjointed explanations concerning the events on August 13.
TWO DAYS AFTER THE MURDERS BODIES WERE FOUND
Police found a body they believed to be Shannan Watts in a shallow grave in a Colorado oil facility where Watts had once been employed. The bodies of the two children were later recovered from where they were hidden inside full oil tanks.
WATTS CHARGED ON 5 COUNTS OF MURDER
Watts was arrested on 5 counts of murder: 3 counts of Murder in the First Degree for Shannan and the girls, and 2 counts of murder of a child who has not yet reached the age of 12 and the defendant was in a position of trust for Bella and Celest Watts.
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KESSINGER COLLABORATED WITH POLICE
Kessinger collaborated fully with the Police, recounting the details of their meeting and the web of lies with which he'd lured her into a relationship. Police believe he told his wife he wanted a divorce and that was what had triggered the killings.
WATTS ACCUSED SHANNAN OF KILLING THE GIRLS
Watts denied killing his children and told Police that he had murdered Shannan after she had strangled the girls to punish him for wanting a divorce.
WATTS PLEADED "GUILTY"
On his lawyer's advice, Watts pleaded guilty to nine charges, including unlawful termination of a pregnancy, for the death of his unborn child.
He struck a deal with the Prosecutor's office and accepted life in prison with no possibility of parole rather than face the death sentence on a capital charge.
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WATT'S PARENTS CLAIM THEIR SON IS INNOCENT
Watts' grieving and disbelieving parents claim that their son is innocent and has been railroaded into pleading guilty by his lawyers and the authorities:
“He’s not a sociopath. He’s not a psychopath. I asked Chris, ‘If you did not do this, do not confess to something you didn’t do [but his defense attorney] shut me down. She completely shut me down.”
The Rzuceks were outraged at Watts initial claim that Shannan had strangled her daughters and accuse the Watts of being in denial concerning their son's guilt:
"Chris Watts still chose to dump the bodies of his own family in oil tanks. And Chris Watts still chose to lie about it until he could lie no more. He pled guilty to murdering his family because he is guilty."
Christopher Watt's sentencing will occur on November 19, and until that time he can recant and withdraw his guilty plea. If he does so, he will face 5 counts of capital murder and the death penalty.