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Chris Watts' mistress Nichol Kessinger revealed the last text he ever sent to her while being interviewed by police. You can see footage of the interview here:
Watts brutally murdered his pregnant wife Shanann and their two daughters, Bella, four, and three-year-old Celeste in August 2018. He strangled his wife, before putting her body in his truck and driving out to oil storage tanks with their daughters.
He buried Shanann in a shallow grave and then smothered the two girls before placing their bodies inside the storage tanks.
In the days after their deaths, Watt’s played the part of the devastated husband and father, who was desperate to find out what happened to his wife and kids.
He lied to police and even appeared on TV pleading for his wife to return.
He was arrested two days later, with police believing he had killed his family so he could start a new life with his mistress.
Kessinger had no idea Watts planned to kill his family and cooperated with cops from the start.
In newly released footage, Kessinger explained to police she had been in communication in the hours after he reported his family missing.
She said Watts had got in touch two or three times to ask if their relationship was ‘OK’ after it was revealed his wife had been pregnant.
Kessinger said she reassured them that things were fine, but in reality she had decided to end their affair.
She told police she ‘kept asking’ Watts what he had done, to which he would reply: “I didn’t do anything.”
The day before his arrest, Watts sent a message that Kessinger took to be a ‘farewell’, in which he said: “Just don’t forget the person that you knew me to be when you were with me.”
Kessinger told cops she didn’t think it was weird at the time, because she thought he had picked up on the fact she was ‘about to walk away from him’.
Although she thought that was the end of it, Kessinger sent one last text, in which she said: “If you did something bad, you’re going to ruin your life. And if you did something bad, you’re going to ruin my life. I promise you that.”
To which Watts replied: “I didn’t hurt my family, Nicky.”
Kessinger said that was the last message he sent her - hours later he would be arrested.
Watts is currently serving five life sentences plus 48 years in prison without the possibility of parole. His guilty plea at trial meant that he avoided the death penalty.
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