Chris Watts' mistress Nichol Kessinger has spoken out about the chilling details of what he said to her after his family disappeared...
Chris' horrific crimes have left the world shocked.And, since the release of American Murder: The Family Next Door on Netflix, the harrowing case has become known to people all across the globe.
And now...More details have emerged, including the first thing Chris' mistress, Nichol, said to him after his family had disappeared.
The events that followed would lead her to go to the police.Providing bombshell information that would prove crucial to the case... though it has come at a price for Nichol.
With the use of Shanann's Facebook videos and police bodycam footage, the documentary delves into the story of the seemingly idyllic Watts family.
via: NetflixFrom 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.
via: NetflixHe 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.