It has been almost a year since Chris Watts was on television, openly pleading for the safe return of his missing family, pregnant wife Shanann and daughters Bella and Celeste. It wouldn't be long before Watts finally admitted to the fact that his family wasn't missing at all and that he actually murdered his wife after an argument about their marriage. Watts initially denied killing the couple's two young daughters, telling investigators that he only killed Shanann after she killed their daughters in a fit of rage. Eventually, Watts admitted to strangling Shanann and burying her body in a shallow grave, then smothering his girls before placing them in oil tanks. During the murder investigation, it was revealed that Watts was having an affair with a co-worker named Nicole Kessinger who thought the father of two was separated from his wife.
Watts is serving four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole but in a new television special, someone close to the murderer says that Watts feels he would have never committed his atrocious crimes if it weren't for his mistress, Kessinger. In the HLN special: Killer Dad: Chris Watts Speaks, that aired last week, a woman named Anna, who says she visits Watts in jail around every two weeks or so, says that Watts feels if it weren't for Nicole Kessinger he would never have killed his family.
Killer Dad: Chris Watts speaks
It's been nearly a year since Chris Watts murdered his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two beautiful girls. Now, we're hearing from a woman who is visiting him frequently in prison -- and he's apparently telling her what made him snap. . . . Make sure to join us for the full special full of exclusive new photos and never-before-seen evidence in this case, during an all-new "Lies, Crimes & Video" on Saturday, July 13 at 8p EST/PST.Posted by Mike Galanos on Thursday, July 11, 2019
"Chris feels that if the affair would have never happened and [Nicole Kessinger] would have never came into his life, that the murders would never have happened," Anna stated. "He thinks that she had this strong control over him, that he describes like a ‘leash’ that he wasn’t able to get off of or get away from, and he thinks that that has played a role in what happened."
Anna stated that Watts only speaks lovingly about his wife that he strangled as she was pregnant with their unborn son. "When Chris talks to me about Shanann, he talks about how great she was and how much he loved her," said Anna. "Chris feels like he had a break in reality like he snapped like he was demon-possessed."
As part of the special Chris' mother, Cindy, also read a letter she received from her son stating he's a changed man, thanks to finding faith while imprisoned. "I’m still a Dad! I’m still a son! No matter what," the letter reads. "Now, I can add servant of God to that mix! He has shown me peace, peace, love, and forgiveness, and that’s how I live every day."
The HLN series on Chris Watts and his unspeakable murders is now available on the network OnDemand.