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Chris Watts Had Sex With Shanann Hours Before Killing Her, ‘Felt Strange’ About It

The killer said he also felt strange the first time he had sex with Nichol Kessinger, the woman he cheated on his wife with.

By Gina Tron

Chris Watts, the man who killed his entire family last year with his bare hands, said he had sex with his wife Shanann not long before killing her in newly released interviews with authorities.

“I felt strange,” he said, adding that the first time he slept with his mistress and co-worker Nichol Kessinger he also “ felt weird. And then, the last time I was with Shanann it felt totally strange. I didn’t know who I was. I didn't know who I had become.”

Chris Watts was convicted last year of killing his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. Late last year, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders after pleading guilty to the crime.

Watts sat down with investigators from the Frederick Police Department, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI on Feb. 18 for a five-hour interview, which was released Thursday.

He says Shanann came home from a business trip around 2 a.m., just hours before her murder, and Watts he felt her get into bed. He said, “she started rubbing her hand on me and we ended up having sex.”

Chris thought that the sex was some kind of a “test” in Shanann’s mind. He said she was likely suspicious that he was cheating.

Not long after they had sex, and Shanann went to sleep, he woke her up to break up with her, telling her he didn’t feel compatible anymore. Chris said she responded by repeatedly saying, “I knew there was somebody else, I knew there was somebody else” even though he didn’t flat out say that there was. He said he couldn’t bring himself to say that.

When questioned by investigators, Chris said that maybe that last time he had sex with Shanann was some kind of trigger.

“It’s like you hit a push button on a bomb and it just blows up,” he said. He said Shanann told him to get off her and that he would never see their kids again. He then admitted to straddling her and attacking her.

During the interview Chris said that Kessinger wanted to have sex with him all the time and that with Shanann, “sometimes it happened, sometimes it didn’t.”

But, he maintained that that wasn’t the reason for the affair.

He said that he never even thought about cheating before Kessinger despite claims that other girls smiled at him.

“It was like she had a leash on me and she pulled me away,” he said, claiming that with Kessinger he felt like he could be more himself and that he was more in control of the relationship.

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