Nichol Kessinger spent two hours searching the internet for wedding dresses a week before Chris Watts murdered his family (pair above on a trip in July). Picture: Weld County District Attorney's Office
Nichol Kessinger spent two hours searching the internet for wedding dresses a week before Chris Watts murdered his family (pair above on a trip in July). Picture: Weld County District Attorney's Office

Mistress of killer dad’s shocking searches

Amber Frey was the mistress of a man who murdered his wife and unborn child.

She wrote a book about it in 2004 and it's still on shelves now, selling for $12 on Amazon.

After Chris Watts strangled his wife, who was pregnant with their son, and smothered his two daughters - killing and burying them in oilfields managed by his company - his mistress googled how much money Frey made in her book deal and her net worth, while also searching "did people hate Amber Frey".

Nichol Kessinger, a co-worker of Watts, had recently claimed the triple murderer was a liar, saying she was tricked into believing he was a loving father finalising a divorce.

In an interview withThe Denver Post where she spoke about the case for the first time, she said she had no idea his wife was 15-weeks pregnant until she and their two daughters went missing in August.

"He lied about everything," Ms Kessinger, 30, told The Denver Post in the interview published on November 15.

On July 24, Kessinger searched Google for the phrase, "Man I'm having affair with says he will leave his wife." And on August 8 she googled topics relating to "marrying your mistress," reports from the investigation into the murders revealed.

Nichol Kessinger spent two hours searching the internet for wedding dresses a week before Chris Watts murdered his family (pair above on a trip in July). Picture: Weld County District Attorney's Office
Nichol Kessinger spent two hours searching the internet for wedding dresses a week before Chris Watts murdered his family (pair above on a trip in July). Picture: Weld County District Attorney's Office

Exactly one week before Watts killed his wife Shanann, and their two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, documents show that Kessinger - who seemed certain he was going to end his marriage - spent over two hours searching the internet for wedding dresses, the Daily Mail reported.

The new documents - more than 2000 pages released by the Weld County, Colorado, District Attorney's Office, stated that on the night before the murders, August 18, Kessinger also spent 45 minutes googling "how to prepare for anal sex," "the anal sex guide".

This was soon after she began looking at videos of threesomes on a pornographic website.

Meanwhile, a search of Watts' phone found thousands of hidden photos in a secret calculator app that was only accessed by typing in a four digit code.

 

Investigators searched the phone on Nichol Kessinger with her permission, and uncovered a number of shocking Google searches. Kessinger above with Watts in mirror.
Investigators searched the phone on Nichol Kessinger with her permission, and uncovered a number of shocking Google searches. Kessinger above with Watts in mirror.

A number of those pictures showed a nude or semi-naked Kessinger, the publication reported.

The affair unfolded as Shanann and the girls spent several weeks away from Watts over the summer visiting Shanann's family in North Carolina - a period during which Shanann continuously reached out to him in hopes of repairing their struggling marriage, the documents revealed.

In a text sent to her friend Ady, Shannan wrote out the entire speech she planned to deliver on Monday, after she had returned home and got some rest.

"Can you please tell me something, because just like you, I'm in my head? I try to fix things and make them better and this is making me crazy. I know that you need time. I want to give you what you're asking for and respect your space, I need some time. This place that I'm in, in my head, is not a good place," read the text.

"lt is not healthy for me, or Niko. I need you to help me help you. I need you to give just a little bit of what I did, or didn't do, so I'm not going crazy in my head to figure it out. I know I can't fix this by myself; that, we are going to have to work together."

Niko was the name of their unborn child.

 

Nichol Kessinger seemed certain that Watts was going to leave his wife in the weeks before her death, later claiming he lied about everything. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images
Nichol Kessinger seemed certain that Watts was going to leave his wife in the weeks before her death, later claiming he lied about everything. Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

 

After they returned home to Frederick, Colorado, Shanann took a short solo work trip. She returned home again on August 13, when prosecutors say Watts strangled her and smothered the two girls with his bare hands.

Watts initially issued a public appeal for his family's safe return and even contacted his daughters' school saying they would not be attending.

It was during this time when Kessinger claimed to have realised he was still married and his wife was pregnant.

According to the Denver Post, after Shannan and the girls disappeared, Watts texted Kessinger to say that he had been busy and the two chatted like normal throughout the workday.

It wasn't until 3.45pm that same day, when Watts texted Kessinger saying that his family was "gone", explaining Shanann had taken the girls to a play date and had not returned.

He seemed casual and didn't show any emotion, she told the publication.

When news reporters showed up at the Watts' family home, Kessinger said she was "very confused why the media was at his house".

"When I read the news, I found out he was still married and his wife was 15 weeks pregnant," Kessinger said.

 

Watts murdered his wife Shanann (pictured) then buried her body in a small grave.
Watts murdered his wife Shanann (pictured) then buried her body in a small grave.

 

The Denver Post reported that while at work on August 14, Kessinger texted Watts, who she had been dating since July, pushing him to tell what he knew about their disappearance and asking what he had done. He told her he would never hurt his family, she said.

"It got to a point that he was telling me so many lies that I eventually told him that I did not want to speak to him again until his family was found," she told the publication.

Taking matters into her own hands, the next morning Kessinger reportedly called the Weld County Sheriff's Office to tell them about her relationship with Watts and his lies, she said. Kessinger met with FBI investigators that day.

"I just wanted to help," she said. "With a pregnant woman and two children missing, I was going to do anything that I could."

But, according to People, authorities also revealed that she acknowledged deleting all of Watts' information from her phone prior to meeting with police.

 

 

Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. Bella got up twice asking when her mother would be home and Watts assured her that she would see Shanann in the morning, before murdering them both.
Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. Bella got up twice asking when her mother would be home and Watts assured her that she would see Shanann in the morning, before murdering them both.

 

Watts reportedly fed his two daughters pizza and got them each a snack before putting them to bed. Hours later, the girls and their mother Shannan were all murdered in the house.
Watts reportedly fed his two daughters pizza and got them each a snack before putting them to bed. Hours later, the girls and their mother Shannan were all murdered in the house.

The documents further reveal that authorities who examined Kessinger's phone found hours' worth of searches for "Shanann Watts" and, after the murders, a search using the phrase "can cops trace text messages".

She said she was shocked by Watts' arrest. But she has never doubted that he killed his wife and kids.

"I don't think there is a logical explanation for what he did," she told The Denver Post. "It's a senseless act, and it's horrific."

Watts was arrested on August 15; the next day the bodies were found on the oilfield property of his former employer.

When Kessinger revealed her identity to the media, she said she "barely knew" Watts and that "we had just met." She said the two were taking it slow and didn't discuss any long-term plans.

On August 20, Watts was charged with nine counts including murder in the first degree, unlawful termination of pregnancy and tampering with a deceased body.

Originally, Watts faced the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

But with the agreement of Shannan's family, the death penalty was eliminated from consideration in exchange for pleading guilty.

At his sentencing, Shanann's father, Frank Rzucek, called him a "heartless monster."

 

In pleading guilty, he avoided the death penalty. Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office via AP
In pleading guilty, he avoided the death penalty. Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office via AP

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