The Colorado man's former inmate alleged that he still corresponded with his mistress at Dodge Correctional Institution.
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Chris Watts became one of the most recognizable faces in America when it emerged that he had murdered his wife and children. In what would later be deemed as one of the most chilling cases in recent memory, Watts choked his 15-week pregnant wife Shannan to death before smothering his two children, Celeste and Bella Marie, to be with his mistress Nicole Kessinger. Chris Watts is serving a life sentence at the Dodge Correctional Institution. It has now emerged that Watts still keeps in touch with his mistress from jail. David Carter, a former inmate, has revealed that Chris still contacted his alleged mistress, Kessinger.
At the time of the murder, Nicole Kessinger knew nothing about his plans to murder his wife and children. It was assumed that the pair had separated since the gruesome murders. It is believed that Kessinger left Colorado before assuming a new identity. She has stayed away from the public eye for more than two-and-a-half years. In an interview with Daily Mail, Chris reportedly told Carter that Nicole was writing to him in jail. "He told me she said that she needed to speak to him to clear some things up. He wouldn't tell me exactly what she had said," said Carter, adding that Chris Watts told him about it in September 2020. After prison officials learned about their correspondence, they reportedly suspended Chris's email account. "[Watts] wasn't supposed to have any contact with her, but she initiated it by writing to him," said Carter. Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokesman, John Beard refused to comment on David's claims.
The Colorado murders were so chilling that it was made into a Netflix documentary series titled American Murder: The Family Next Door. Initially, Chris Watts had pretended like his family had disappeared and pleaded on cameras for the safe return of his wife and kids. He finally confessed to the killings during interrogation. Watts was charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and handed a life sentence.
Chris Watts Prosecutor: This man smothered his daughters.— WCNC Charlotte (@wcnc) November 19, 2018
Let me say this, Bella fought for her life. She bit her tongue multiple times before she died.#ChrisWattsSentence
Watts reportedly told Carter that he had killed his wife because he didn't want to have the son they were about to have. He was reportedly worried about paying child support and Shannan claiming their house if they divorced. Carter wasn't buying it though. "I couldn't ever kill my entire family just because I didn't want a child or didn't want to pay child support. I have a lot of things going on in my life, but I have never wanted to stop and kill my entire family because I wanted certain things to go my way," said Carter. He confirmed that Watts kept pictures of his daughters in his cell but added that "there are no pictures of Shanann." Carter said Watts told him of being haunted by the killings. "He [Chris] told me he has nightmares every night, always the same, of his two girls standing in his cell playing catch."
It was also reported that Chris Watts was corresponding with many women, especially after the documentary was released. A source told People, "He got a lot of letters at first. Many of them are from women who thought he was handsome and felt compassion for him. He had nothing better to do, so he wrote them back. And he started having penpals. A couple of them stood out, and they've kept in contact. Some of the letters are angry. A lot of them are from people of faith who want to pray for him. But then he gets letters from women who want to connect with him, you know, romantically. Believe it or not, they have compassion on him, despite what he did."