Just weeks before he killed his pregnant wife and two young daughters with his bare hands, Chris Watts was trying to figure out how to tell his mistress that he loved her.
The fact that Watts Googled “when to say I love you for the first time in a new relationship” is just one of many disturbing details released amongst approximately 2,000 pages worth of documents detailing the case by the District Attorney's Office. The documents were released days after Watts was sentenced to serve the rest of his life behind bars for smothering daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 and strangling his wife Shanann, who was 15-weeks pregnant.
In the words of a Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke at his sentencing, Watts killed them all to seek a "fresh start." It appears that fresh start included co-worker Nichol Kessinger, who he'd been having an affair with in the weeks leading up to his family's murders.
Police have said they don't believe she was involved in Watts' horrific crime - but even she admits that she may have been a catalyst for the murders, according to the newly released documents.
On July 25, weeks before killing his family on Aug. 13, Chris Watts was apparently looking into how to get more serious with Kessinger.
He Googled “When to say I love you for the first time in a new relationship,” “What do you feel when someone tells you they love you” and “How does it feel when someone says I love you.”
That very same day, while on a phone call with his wife, Kessinger called Watts and left a voicemail.
“Following an eerily disconcerting childlike giggle she told Watts, ‘l miss your face. I was just calling to say hi. Call me back, bye,’” investigators noted.
Kessinger was also hoping that that their relationship would become more serious. Back in July, Kessinger searched Google for, "Man l'm having affair with says he will leave his wife.” Then, in early August, she spent more than two hours searching Google for wedding dresses. She also "searched Google on topics related to 'marrying your mistress'" on Aug. 8, according to police.
However, immediately after the Watts family vanished, records reveal that Kessinger suspected something was odd about Watts' behavior.
“Nichol does not believe Chris ever went to look for his family,” police wrote. “Nichol recalled speaking with Chris on Monday night and he was sleeping. She thought this was strange due to the situation with his family.”
She deleted Watts' contact info, and all their texts, from her phone and went to police.
[Photo: Weld County District Attorney’s Office]
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