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‘You Heat Me Up:’ Chris Watts Filled Letters To Mistress With Sappy Song Lyrics

A sample couplet from one of the cards the convicted killer sent to Nichol Kessinger: "All night til the sun comes back. I wanna love, wanna love, wanna love you like that.”

Cards Chris Watts gave his coworker-turned-mistress show that the convicted killer apparently had a sappy side, his letters including romantic song lyrics taken from country and reggae favorites.

These handwritten exchanges were included in the thousands of pages of case documents recently released by the Weld County District Attorney's Office. 

Last month, 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.

Watts killed them all to seek a "fresh start,” District Attorney Michael Rourke said at his sentencing.

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. 

The letters Watts sent her prove just how mushy he could be — an unsettling realization, considering he would go on to murder his entire family soon afterward.

Kessinger turned over the cards and letters after she suspected something was odd about Watts' behavior within a day of him killing his family.

In one letter, Watts tells Kessinger, “You took my breath away,” which could arguably be a reference to the 1986 Berlin song, used in “Top Gun,” “Take My Breath Away.”

At the end of the note, he quotes country crooner Canaan Smith’s 2015 song “Love You Like That,” concluding the letter with the lyrics, "All night till the sun comes back/I wanna love, wanna love, wanna love you like that.”

Watts once again references his breath being taken away in a hot pink birthday card he sent Kessinger. At the top of the card, Watts scribbled some lyrics from “Take You There,” a 2013 track by the reggae rock group Through the Roots: “Your energy is so insane/You heat me up, you make me melt and then you cool me down like rain.”

Watts scribbled more Through the Roots lyrics in another card dated July 30, 2018, this time borrowing lines from “Down to Earth.” “When I'm around you I can feel peace in the atmosphere” and “You bring me right back down to earth.”

[Photo Credits: Weld County District Attorney’s Office]

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