The Last Texts Between Chris Watts and his Mistress, Nichol Kessinger

In March of 2022, a video (view here) was released of the August 16, 2018 interrogation of Chris Watts’ mistress, Nichol Kessinger. It is over three hours of Kessinger discussing her relationship and communications with Watts through their relationship and while his family was missing. In this interrogation, Kessinger reveals the last texts between the two, where she asked him what was going on with his family.

Chris Watts, on police bodycam, the day his home was searched

On August 13, 2018, Chris Watts murdered his family, pregnant wife and two daughters, coldly dumping their bodies at his work site. Read more into the case details in our other article here. In the days just after their death, their bodies were found and Chris Watts confessed. Nichol Kessinger willingly went to the police station to speak to the Frederick Police Department and C.B.I. (the Colorado Bureau of Investigation).

Kessinger said that once the disappearance of his family made headlines, she asked him what was going on. Watts reportedly told her the same story that he told everyone else, that he did not know where they were. During her interview, she described her final texts to Chris Watts, “I kept asking him, ‘What did you do, Chris? What did you do? I asked, ‘Where’s your family?'”

“So I texted Chris one last time,” she says, “and I told him, ‘If you did anything bad, you’re going to ruin your life and you’re going to ruin my life. I promise you that.’ And he responded, ‘I didn’t hurt my family, Nicky.'”

Kessinger claims in the interrogation,  “I never said another word to him after that.”

Chris Watts and his mistress, Nichol Kessinger

Those were the last texts sent between Chris Watts and his mistress. While conspiracy theorists implicate Kessinger as having involvement in the crime, she has never been announced a suspect. These texts demonstrate that Kessinger may well have been just another person manipulated by Chris Watts in his pursuit of a family-free life.

Watts is now serving his sentence of multiple life terms at Dodge Correctional Facility in Waupun, Wisconsin.