Mistress of Colorado man who killed kids, pregnant wife searched for wedding dresses days before deaths: report

The Colorado woman who was dating Chris Watts when he killed his pregnant wife and two young children reportedly made a number of online searches seemingly related to the couple’s possible future together, including for wedding dresses.

Nichol Kessinger, who previously revealed to The Denver Post that she “believed” Watts when he told her he was nearing the close of his divorce proceedings, looked up “marrying your mistress” on Google and spent more than two hours browsing the search engine “for wedding dresses,” according to investigative documents from the Weld County District Attorney’s Office that were acquired by People.

The searches reportedly occurred on Aug. 4 and Aug. 8, respectively – not long before Watts’ wife, Shanann – who at the time was 15 weeks pregnant – and their two daughters were reported missing that month.

Watts has since been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his role in their murders.

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Kessinger also looked up “Man I’m having affair with says he will leave his wife” in late July, according to People. The outlet also revealed photos of the couple included in the documents, which showed them smiling and appearing happy together.

Kessinger, 30, previously told The Denver Post that she had been dating Watts for less than two months and “barely knew him” when his family members disappeared over the summer.

The pair reportedly crossed paths at work and by July their relationship had progressed and became physical. Kessinger also told The Post that only after Watts’ family disappeared and news outlets began reporting on it did she learn the truth.

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“When I read the news, I found out he was still married and his wife was 15 weeks pregnant,” Kessinger said. “I thought, ‘If he was able to lie to me and hide something that big, what else was he lying about?’”

After speaking to Watts and ultimately telling him that she “did not want to speak to him again until his family was found,” Kessinger told The Post that she contacted the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and told them of her relationship.

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

Fox News’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report.