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'He Lied About Everything': Killer's Ex-Girlfriend Speaks Out

Nichol Kessinger was dating 'divorced' Christopher Watts when his family vanished
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2018 12:05 PM CST
In this Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, Christopher Watts is seen in court for his arraignment hearing in Greeley, Colo.   (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)

(Newser) – The allegations against Christopher Watts, the Colorado man accused of murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters, are awful, and one person who believes them is the woman he was dating at the time of the murders. "He's a liar," Nichol Kessinger told the Denver Post. "He lied about everything." Kessinger, 30, details how she met Watts at work in June, how when she met him she believed he was separated and close to finalizing his divorce from Shanann Watts, and that he seemed to be a devoted dad to Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. They started a relationship in July, and "he made me believe that he was doing all of the things that a rational man and good father would do." It all started to unravel when his wife and children went missing on Aug. 13, which is when Kessinger says she got an oddly casual text from him saying his family had not returned from a play date and was "gone."

Kessinger says she was concerned for Shanann and the girls, and that concern spiked when she saw the media show up at Watts' house later that day. That's when she found out Watts (who had since told her his divorce had been finalized) was still married, and that his wife was pregnant. After back-and-forth texts with Watts in which she demanded some answers, Kessinger called the cops on Aug. 15 and spoke with the FBI; Watts was arrested later that night. "I don't think there is a logical explanation for what he did," Kessinger says. "It's a senseless act, and it's horrific." Watts pleaded guilty last week to avoid the death penalty and faces life in prison at his sentencing Monday if the judge accepts his plea. More from Kessinger here. (Christopher Watts once gave a video presentation on infidelity.)

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