In a series of chilling letters written from prison, Watts revealed gruesome details about the infamous Watts Family murders of 2018.
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Chris Watts, the Colorado resident who murdered his pregnant wife and both his daughters, turned 35 last month and it seems like he is finally coming to terms with the reality that he will be spending the rest of his life in prison. Watts is now paying for the horrendous crime that he has committed, including killing his young kids, aged 3 and 4, in cold blood. Through some letters and interviews from jail, Watts revealed how he smothered his daughters "twice" and dumped their bodies in an oil tanker in a remote field owned by his then employers.
Never forget that Chris Watts murdered his pregnant wife and 2 daughters for his mistress . https://t.co/gj7QsK7pma— Carole Baskin (@Kaydaviper) June 13, 2020
In these letters, he confessed how he attempted to slip Oxycodone — a painkiller — to his wife just so she could suffer a miscarriage. He then strangled her till her "eyes were filled with blood." Following this, he buried her lifeless body in a shallow grave in the same oil field, reports Daily Mail. As far as his intentions go, Watts' actions were a result of his desire to be with his mistress Nichol Kessinger.
TRAILER, BURIED WITH LOVE S2: E8 The Watts Family Murders: The Confession. SEASON FINALE premieres Sunday. As family members and the community try to heal from the devastating tragedy. Investigators uncover shocking details from Chris Watts while he's behind bars. pic.twitter.com/Z60MnY9UrF— Law & Crime Network (@LawCrimeNetwork) June 17, 2020
These confessional letters containing heartwrenching details were written to a 65-year-old grandmother named Cherlyn Cadle, who resides in northern Illinois. Cadle had sent three letters to Watts before he replied. She also paid him a few visits in prison. These letters and her one-on-one conversations with Watts became a part of her book Letters From Christopher: The Tragic Confessions of the Watts Family Murders. The book, which was released last year, revealed Watts' first attempt to kill his girls. "August 13th, the morning of, I went to the girls' room first, before Shanann and I had our argument. I went to Bella's room, then Cece's room and used a pillow from their bed (to kill them). That's why the cause of death was smothering," wrote Watts.
Raw video: On Tuesday Chris Watts pleaded for the safe return of his pregnant wife Shannan and their two children. Last night he was arrested for their murders. c/o @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/BAfwUcXI7Z— Billy Jensen (@Billyjensen) August 16, 2018
"After I left Cece's room, then I climbed back in bed with Shanann and our argument ensued. After Shannan had passed, Bella and Cece woke back up. I'm not sure how they woke back up, but they did. Bella's eyes were bruised and both girls looked like they had been through trauma. That made the act that much worse knowing I went to their rooms first and knowing I still took their lives at the location of the batteries." This contradicted his initial statement to the police where he said that the murders were a spontaneous act of rage that led him to kill his wife and children just to be with his mistress. In reality, he had been planning to kill them for weeks.
"All the weeks of me thinking about killing her, and now I was faced with it," he wrote. Describing the disturbing details of the last few moments of his wife as he strangulated her, he continued, "When she started to get drowsy, I somehow knew how to squeeze the jugular veins until it cut off the blood flow to her brain, and she passed out...I knew if I took my hands off of her, she would still keep me from Nikki. They asked me why she couldn't fight back, it's because she couldn't fight back. Her eyes filled with blood; as she looked at me and she died. I knew she was gone when she relieved herself." As he was wrapping Shanann's body in a bedsheet he was shocked to see his daughter walk into the room.
The kids had managed to survive the smothering and wanted to know what was wrong with their mom. Watts assured that their mother was ill and when he tried to carry her body but failed, he ended up dragging it and placing her in the truck. "The girls were just kind of running around the house, and watching me with scared looks on their faces. Bella started to cry and when she did Celeste started whimpering. What a nightmare this was...I realize now the girls getting up and walking around may have been God's third attempt to stop what I was doing." Then he took his daughters to an oil field and killed them while Shannan's body at the back of the truck.
"I dumped Shanann on the ground, then I walked back to the truck and with the blanket that Celeste was holding, I put it over her head and smothered her," he wrote about the time he killed the youngest and dropped her body in one of the oil tankers as his elder daughter watched. When he came back for his elder daughter, he was surprised as she tried to fight back. "Little quiet Bella had a will to live. Out of all three, Bella is the only one that put up a fight. I will hear her soft little voice for the rest of my life, saying, 'Daddy, NO!!!" He added, "She knew what I was doing to her. She may not have understood death, but she knew I was killing her."
During one of the visits, Watts told Cadle, "The FBI asked me if I was going to take my own life, and I told them I thought about it but honestly no, I was not going to take my own life." Nichol Kessinger, Watts' mistress has since moved to another state and changed her identity. Watts is currently serving multiple life sentences and has resigned to the fact that "There really isn’t much hope for his future." A source close to him told PEOPLE, "He knows that this is his life."