Family killer Chris Watts believes he murdered his daughters 'twice'

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Family killer Chris Watts believes he murdered his young daughters “twice”, according to a woman who claims to have exchanged letters with the evil dad.

The “psychopath” is spending the rest of his life in prison for strangling his pregnant wife Shanann and smothering his two daughters, Bella, four, and Celeste, three.

Watts, 34, feels he murdered Bella and Celeste “twice” because an attempt to kill them just hours earlier had failed, says Cherlyn Cadle, who has written a book about the crime.

The dad, who was cheating on his wife and wanted a life with his mistress, tried to smother the girls with a pillow in their bedrooms before killing Shanann, 34, shortly after she returned home from a work trip.



Chris Watts murdered his wife Shanann and daughters Bella (top) and Celeste

 

Ms Cadle told The Dr Oz Show: “The morning of (the murders) he went into his baby girl’s rooms and took a pillow from their bed and smothered them and then he went into his room with Shanann and laid down next to her.

“They argued a little and he murdered her.

“So, then he was wrapping her in the sheets and both girls got up and saw him and started questioning what’s wrong with mummy?

“‘What happened to mummy?’ Bella, the oldest one, was crying.



Cherlyn Cadle claims to have exchanged letters with Watts

 

“She had obviously been traumatised. She had bruises, above her eyes, and you could tell she had been traumatised.

“Also, Cece was more confused. She was awake, the younger one.”

Ms Cadle spoke to the US TV programme, hosted by Mehmet Oz, in an episode that aired on Tuesday to revisit the killings and plug her book, “Letters from Christopher: The Tragic Confessions of the Watts Family Murders”.

She claims to have spoken on the phone with Watts, who murdered his family at their home in Frederick, Colorado, in August 2018.



Watts was jailed for life a year ago after striking a plea deal

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Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant with a boy she planned to call Nico.

The chat show also explored Watts’ earlier claims that a “demon or an evil came into him”.

Mara Schiavocampo, an investigative correspondent for the programme, said: “He is demonic. There’s no question about that.

“But the idea that a demon possessed him in a temporary way and that he’s now free of that and filled with the spirit of God is really unbelievable, and the reason for that is that he doesn’t seem to be remorseful.



Shanann was pregnant with a boy she planned to call Nico

“If the spirit of God was feeling you and that demon had fled, you would be on your knees every night crying buckets of tears about your lost family.

“This man seems only to care about himself, his image, and his future, which he seems to think one day will involve freedom. This man is a narcissist.”

Forensic criminologist Dr Casey Jordan described Watts as a “family annihilator”.

She added: “What they’re really trying to do is clear the slate of this family so that they can start over anew, and that is exactly what Chris admits in these letters.


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“He met Nikki (Nichol Kessinger, his mistress). He became almost intoxicated with this new life she had with her, which means the sex he was having with her on the side, you know, cheating on his wife, he loved it.

“He was like a teen. We call this situational regression. He’s on fire.

“He’s full of lust and he’s thinking if I could just get rid of my family, I can be with her.”

After killing his wife, Watts loaded her body into the back of his truck and put their girls in the back seat as he drove to the oil site where he worked.

He buried Shanann in a shallow grave and then stuffed the girls’ bodies into tanks after smothering them inside the vehicle.



Watts and his mistress Nichol Kessinger, a work colleague

Watts was jailed for life in November 2018 after striking a plea deal to avoid a possible death sentence.

After he was sentenced, he told the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in a jailhouse confession that Shanann “may have been” praying when he strangled her in their bedroom.

He said he drove her body to the work site and buried it in a shallow grave as his daughters waited in the truck.

As he pulled her body from the truck, one of the girls asked, “What are you doing to mommy?”

He claimed Bella watched as he smothered Celeste and screamed “Daddy, no” before he killed her.

Within days, Ms Kessinger told detectives that Watts, a work colleague, had told her that he was separated from his wife while they were seeing each other.

A family friend recently claimed that he is in solitary confinement at a Wisconsin prison and is allowed just one hour a day outside his cell for showering and exercise.

Watts had previously told Colorado authorities while in prison there that he speaks to photos of his family in his cell and reads a book out loud every night to the daughters he murdered.



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