The woman who was having an affair with Chris Watts when he murdered his pregnant wife and two children has reportedly contacted him in prison, a former fellow inmate has said.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, an inmate who met Watts at a Wisconsin prison where the Colorado man is serving multiple life sentences said Watts told him Nichol Kessinger had contacted him behind bars. The inmate, David Carter, said that Kessinger has been living in hiding, and contacted Watts sometime around or before September 2020, when Watts purportedly told Carter about it.
“He told me she said that she needed to speak to him to clear some things up,” Carter told the Daily Mail. “He wouldn’t tell me exactly what she had said.”
Carter is no longer incarcerated in Wisconsin, and appears to have been transferred to another facility in February 2021. He says that Watts still writes him letters, and is photographed holding one in the Daily Mail article. The handwritten letter appears to make repeated referenced to Jesus and Watts’ renewed faith.
It is unclear from the interview is Watts has spoken to Kessinger.
“He wasn’t supposed to have any contact with her, but she initiated it by writing to him,” Carter told the Daily Mail, claiming that prison officials learned of the correspondence, and subsequently suspended Watts’ email account and began examining his mail.
Shanann Watts and her two young daughters Bella and Celeste went missing in August 2018. Upon learning of the disappearance, Kessinger reportedly went to police with her concerns, claiming she did not know Shanann was pregnant until she saw news reports about the missing woman and her daughters. Though Watts initially claimed he had nothing to do with his family’s disappearance, he failed a polygraph test given by police, and within days of the missing persons report admitted to killing Shanann, initially claiming that she had tried to kill their daughters. In November of that year, he made an unexpected plea deal, accepting responsibility for all three murders. The next February, in a jailhouse interview with state and federal agents, he gave a detailed, grisly confession to the killings and the way he disposed of all three bodies.
Kessinger has not spoken to the media since November 2018, shortly after Watts’ guilty plea, and her whereabouts remain unknown.
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