Chilling new details have emerged that murderer Chris Watts and his former mistress Nichol Kessinger are still in touch...
Chris' horrific crimes left the world horrified.
via: FacebookAnd, since the release of American Murder: The Family Next Door on Netflix, the harrowing case has become known to people all across the globe.
via: Weld County DA
More details have emerged, including the fact that Chris' mistress, Nichol, is still reportedly in touch with him.
For many, this is just too creepy for words.
It's truly horrifying. Here's everything we know...
The story of the seemingly idyllic Watts family shocked the world.
From an outsider's perspective, Chris and Shanann Watts had it all - a large Colorado family home and 2 beautiful daughters - 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.
However, behind closed doors...
via: NetflixThings were far from perfect.
And, when a pregnant Shanann and her daughters suddenly went missing in August 2018...
via: NetflixA disturbing series of lies, betrayals, and murder began to gradually unfold.
The alarm was first raised on August 13th, 2018, when Shanann's friend, Nickole Atkinson, rang the police saying she was concerned for her wellbeing.
via: NetflixShe had dropped Shanann home in the early hours of the morning after a business trip and hadn’t been able to get hold of her since. She noted also that a pregnant Shanann had missed a doctor's appointment.
The police quickly attended the Watts residence...
via: NetflixWhere they found no signs of foul play, but all of Shanann’s personal belongings, such as her wedding ring and cell phone. It was then that Shanann and her 2 daughters were officially declared as missing.
This is when things started to get suspicious.
via: NetflixChris Watts returned home and, at first, appeared to be the confused and lost husband, telling police he “didn’t know what to do" and appealing for information to do with his wife and daughters’ whereabouts.
However, his story kept changing.
via: NetflixIt didn't take long for the police to grow suspicious of Chris, and it was quickly revealed that he had been having a long-standing affair with a colleague from work.
Just 2 days after Shanann's and the girls' disappearances, Chris was made to sit a polygraph test...
via: NetflixWhich he promptly failed.
From this, Chris then confessed the truth to his father.
He casually admitted to killing Shanann as well as their 2 daughters.
At first, he tried to claim that Shanann had smothered her children upon finding out about his affair...
via: NetflixAnd that he had killed her in a "fit of rage."
But months later, he would go on to retract this claim...
via: NetflixThus eventually admitting to smothering the girls himself, shortly after strangling their mother.
After more police probing, Chris eventually revealed that he had taken Shanann and the girls out to an Anadarko Petroleum site where he worked.
via: NetflixThere, he buried Shanann's body in a shallow grave before dumping his daughters in an oil rig which, in order to retrieve their bodies, police eventually had to drain.
In November that year, Chris pleaded guilty to a number of charges:
via: Netflix5 counts of first-degree murder (including 2 additional counts for his daughters because they were children under twelve), 1 count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and 3 counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
But even at this point, he still hadn’t told the true full story of what had happened that fateful day.
via: NetflixHe later told investigators that he and Shanann had argued over their relationship and his wish to leave her, so he had killed her. This woke his daughters, who asked what was going on. He then took Shanann’s body and the 2 girls to the oil site and killed the girls there.
Chris Watts is now serving 5 life sentences in prison...
via: NetflixAs well as eighty-four more years for his other crimes.
Nichol Kessinger had fallen for the "softly spoken" Watts when the pair began working together.
via: imdbDespite seeing each other between 4 and 5 times a week, Nichol was set on taking the relationship slow because he had told her he was divorcing his wife Shanann.
But, of course, we know that was all lies.
via: FacebookAnd Chris' twisted reality painted a very different picture.
When the news broke about Shanann, Celeste, and Bella's disappearance...
via: FacebookNichol was horrified to discover the man she was in a relationship with was still married and expecting another child.
The day reportedly had started with him sending her messages as normal in which he made no mention of what had happened at home, simply stating he'd been "busy."
via: imdbThen, at 3:45pm, he sent another text to tell Nichol that his family were "gone."
She was, of course, extremely worried but said he seemed calm...
via: FacebookSo she didn't want to worry him more by showing her concern.
But when journalists turned up at the family home...
via: FacebookShe knew something wasn't right.
It was then that she found out her boyfriend was still very much married and that Shanann was expecting their third child.
via: FacebookLater that night, in a series of lengthy phone calls and text conversations, Chris gave Nichol his version of events. Nichol said: "I thought, ‘If he was able to lie to me and hide something that big, what else was he lying about?’"
Naturally, she bombarded Chris with questions...
via: FacebookBut she says the murderer kept trying to turn the conversation away from his missing family.
The next day, now extremely worried for Chris' wife and daughters...
via: FacebookNichol pushed Chris for more information on what could have happened to his family.
But something about the way he responded felt off.
via: FacebookHe insisted he would never do anything to hurt his family - but Nichol said: "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."
The next morning she made the decision to call police to tell officers about her relationship with Chris and spoke to the FBI the same day.
via: Facebook"I just wanted to help. With a pregnant woman and 2 children missing, I was going to do anything that I could. "I just felt so, so sad. He's a liar. He lied about everything."
Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke went on to praise Nichol.
via: Facebook"Nichol Kessinger turned out to have information that I can best describe as being a bombshell," they said.
Sadly, however, her actions meant she had to go into witness protection.
But even so, it's been reported she's still in touch with Watts in prison.
Dodge Correctional Institution inmate David Carter told The Daily Mail "He told me she said that she needed to speak to him to clear some things up."
"He wouldn't tell me exactly what she had said."
"[Watts] wasn't supposed to have any contact with her, but she initiated it by writing to him."
Further details on their alleged exchange are unknown.