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Chris Watts is still in touch with his mistress who he killed his family to be with


The mistress who Chris Watts murdered his family to be with is back in touch with him, three years after changing her identity and disappearing, the killer has claimed from jail.

Watts said his mistress Nichol Kessinger wrote to him inside the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, Wisconsin, under her new name, fellow inmate David Carter revealed in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com.

‘He told me she said that she needed to speak to him to clear some things up,’ Carter said. ‘He wouldn’t tell me exactly what she had said.’

Kessinger, 32, took on a new identity and moved from her home in Arvada, Colorado, after Watts was arrested for killing his pregnant wife Shanann and their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in August 2018. 

He is currently serving five life sentences plus 48 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Chris Watts revealed his mistress Nichol Kessinger wrote to him inside the Dodge Correctional Institution in Wisconsin, under her new name

Fellow inmate David Carter made the revelation in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com 'He told me she said that she needed to speak to him to clear some things up,' Carter said. 'He wouldn't tell me exactly what she had said'

Fellow inmate David Carter made the revelation in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com ‘He told me she said that she needed to speak to him to clear some things up,’ Carter said. ‘He wouldn’t tell me exactly what she had said’

Watts is currently serving five life sentences plus 48 years in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters

Watts is currently serving five life sentences plus 48 years in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters 

Watts told pen pal Cheryln Cadle in 2019 that he was still in love with Kessinger and believed that some of the letters he received in prison were from her writing under assumed names. Cadle went on to write a book about their correspondence called Letters From Christopher.

Now Carter has backed those claims that Kessinger does write to the man whose crime shocked the nation — or at least that Watts believes she does.

Carter, who was released from Dodge on February 27, said it was back in September last year that Watts, 35, first told him Kessinger was writing to him. 

And Watts claimed that prison authorities discovered what was happening and punished him by suspending his email account carefully monitoring all his mail.

‘He wasn’t supposed to have any contact with her, but she initiated it by writing to him.’

Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokesman John Beard said he could comment on Carter’s claims.

Kessinger and Watts both worked for the oil company Anadarko and met at work. Watts told her that he was separated from his wife. When he eventually confessed to the murders, he told investigators it was because he wanted be with her.

There was never any suspicion that Kessinger knew that he intended to kill his family but she was inundated with hate mail despite believing their affair was just a harmless fling. She is still living in hiding, more than 2.5 years after the murders. 

Carter showed DailyMail.com a letter that Watts had sent him last July when Carter had been transferred to another prison in Wisconsin. It was full of Biblical references. 'Chris has turned to God in a big way,' he said

Carter showed DailyMail.com a letter that Watts had sent him last July when Carter had been transferred to another prison in Wisconsin. It was full of Biblical references. ‘Chris has turned to God in a big way,’ he said

Carter shared a 'mental note' from Watts dated in December 2019 that quotes the bible

Carter shared a ‘mental note’ from Watts dated in December 2019 that quotes the bible 

Carter, 34, said Watts had told him that he killed Shanann because he didn’t want to pay child support, he didn’t want the son that she was expecting, and feared his wife would take their house in Frederick, Colorado, in a divorce.

‘I don’t buy any of that though,’ said Carter, who was jailed for meth possession and for stealing money from his employers, the restaurant chain, Arby’s.

‘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.’

At his trial, Watts pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, which has since been abolished in Colorado

 At his trial, Watts pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, which has since been abolished in Colorado

Watts killed his wife after she came home from a business trip to Arizona. He strangled her and then put her body and their two daughters in his truck and drove to isolated oil storage tanks owned by Anadarko. 

He buried Shanann in a shallow grave and then smothered his two daughters and placed their bodies inside the storage tanks. ‘He told me he thought the oil would disintegrate the bodies,’ Carter told DailyMail.com.

For two days Watts claimed that he had nothing to do with his family’s disappearance and went on television to plead for them to come home. After his arrest he initially claimed that Shanann had killed the girls after he had told her he wanted a separation, and then he had strangled her in anger.

At his trial, he pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, which has since been abolished in Colorado.

Carter, who is now living in a halfway house in Green Bay, Wisconsin, said that Watts keeps pictures of his two daughters pinned up in his cell. ‘But there are no pictures of Shanann,’ he added.

‘He told me he has nightmares every night, always the same, of his two girls standing in his cell playing catch.’

Watts was transferred to Dodge for his own safety after originally being incarcerated for his horrific crimes in Colorado. 

Since October he has been sharing a cell with another child killer, Marcus ‘MJ’ Johnson, who was sentenced to 40 years in 2015 for reckless homicide. He killed his girlfriend’s three-year-old son by dipping him in scalding hot water because he had soiled his pants. At trial Johnson said little Hunter Wise’s death was an accident and he hadn’t tested the temperature of the water.

Hunter ‘s injuries also showed he had been punched in the mouth and whipped. 

Watts claimed to still love Nichol, the mistress he met at work and had been seeing for two months when he decided to murder his family at their home

Watts claimed to still love Nichol, the mistress he met at work and had been seeing for two months when he decided to murder his family at their home 

Chris Watts claims if he hadn't met his mistress Nichol Kessinger, he wouldn't have killed his wife Shanann and their two little girls. Kessinger, 32, took on a new identity and moved from her home in Arvada, Colorado, after Watts was arrested

Chris Watts claims if he hadn’t met his mistress Nichol Kessinger, he wouldn’t have killed his wife Shanann and their two little girls. Kessinger, 32, took on a new identity and moved from her home in Arvada, Colorado, after Watts was arrested 

Carter said it was in September 2020 that Watts, 35, first told him Kessinger was writing to him Watts claimed that prison authorities discovered what was happening and punished him by suspending his email account carefully monitoring all his mail

Carter said it was in September 2020 that Watts, 35, first told him Kessinger was writing to him Watts claimed that prison authorities discovered what was happening and punished him by suspending his email account carefully monitoring all his mail 

‘Their cell is about six feet by eight feet, so it’s not very big for two people,’ said Carter. ‘But MJ and Chris get on real well and they look out for each other. Chris sleeps on the bottom bunk, MJ on the top.’

Carter’s cell was just across the hall.

Watts told pen pal Cheryln Cadle in 2019 that he was still in love with Kessinger and believed that some of the letters he received in prison were from her writing under assumed names. Cadle went on to write a book about their correspondence called Letters From Christopher

Watts told pen pal Cheryln Cadle in 2019 that he was still in love with Kessinger and believed that some of the letters he received in prison were from her writing under assumed names. Cadle went on to write a book about their correspondence called Letters From Christopher 

‘Chris gets a lot of death threats from other prisoners and so does MJ because of what they both did. So they weren’t able to put either of them in with just anyone.’

Watts had previously been in a single cell and was disciplined in July last year after several of his possessions, including boxer shorts, lubrication and baby oil, were found in his friend Dylan Tallman’s cell.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Tallman’s then-girlfriend, Christa Richello, insisted that the two men were not lovers.

But Carter insists Watts and Tallman are having a relationship behind bars.

‘They are indeed lovers,’ he said. ‘They definitely were having an intimate relationship. They spent all their time together and officers told me that had evidence that they were in a relationship.’

Carter said that while he was behind bars, he filed a sexual harassment complaint against Tallman, 32, who is serving time for burglary and drug offences.

‘Dylan got Christa to send me $40 so I wouldn’t pursue the complaint — but he didn’t tell her what it was for.’ Richello did not respond to an email request for comment.

Carter said women still send dozens of letters to Watts, often including money, 50% or which goes toward the $6 million that a judge ordered the killer to pay Shanann’s parents, Frank and Sandy Rzucek in a wrongful death lawsuit.

‘I don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he receives up to $1,000 a week. He gets a lot of mail, probably from 10 or 20 people a day. Most of it is from admirers, both men and women, but he gets a lot of death threats too.

‘He gets letters from people wanting to marry him, strangers who don’t even know him personally. They just send him money. He doesn’t reply to many and he passes some of the mail on to other inmates.’ Other high-profile prisoners get sent money too, Carter said, naming killers Brendan Dassey and Steven Avery who were featured in the 2015 Netflix docuseries Making a Murderer.

Watts, 35, and Dylan Tallman, 32, (pictured) were both punished in July after Watts¿ possessions were found in Tallman's cell, it was revealed last week. Reports suggest the discovery showed the two were having sex while in prison. The discovery forced authorities to separate the two jailbirds who had grown close as they served out their sentences in adjoining rooms

But now Christa Richello, Tallman's fiancée, tells DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that Watts and Tallman are merely good friends who found each other in prison and they are not lovers

Watts and Dylan Tallman, 32, (left) were both punished in July after Watts’ possessions were found in Tallman’s cell, it was revealed last week. Reports suggest the discovery showed the two were having sex while in prison. But Christa Richello, Tallman’s fiancée, told DailyMail.com that Watts and Tallman were merely good friends and they are not lovers

Watts buried Shanann in a shallow grave and then smothered his two daughters and placed their bodies inside the storage tanks. 'He told me he thought the oil would disintegrate the bodies,' Carter told DailyMail.com

Watts buried Shanann in a shallow grave and then smothered his two daughters and placed their bodies inside the storage tanks. ‘He told me he thought the oil would disintegrate the bodies,’ Carter told DailyMail.com

Carter, 34, said Watts had told him that he killed Shanann because he didn't want to pay child support, he didn't want the son that she was expecting, and feared his wife would take their house in Frederick, Colorado, in a divorce

Carter, 34, said Watts had told him that he killed Shanann because he didn’t want to pay child support, he didn’t want the son that she was expecting, and feared his wife would take their house in Frederick, Colorado, in a divorce 

Carter showed DailyMail.com a letter that Watts had sent him last July when Carter had been transferred to another prison in Wisconsin. It was full of Biblical references. 

‘Chris has turned to God in a big way,’ he said. ‘He spends a lot of time reading the Bible and he’s actually a very caring person.’

Watts is working in the prison kitchen as a butcher, Carter said, cutting up meat for prison meals. When not working, he spends hours in the prison law library, where he is preparing an appeal.

‘I think it’s the one thing that keeps him going,’ said Carter. ‘He seriously thinks he is going to get out one day, although everyone else knows he never will.

‘He failed a lie detector, he admitted to police that he had killed Shanann and the girls, he admitted it to his father, he admitted it to correction officers in Dodge, he admitted it to me, but he still says he was framed for the murders and that he wasn’t home when it happened.

‘I believe he will stay in Dodge for the rest of his life. It’s probably the safest place in the world for him. There is a lot of animosity toward him and if he went to some other prison, he would probably be murdered real quick.

‘Many of the officers in Dodge think both he and Dylan Tallman are POS — but it’s their job to protect him and they do it well.’



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