The woman with whom Chris Watts had an affair before killing his entire family told police that she was “so ashamed of him,” according to a recording of the interview.
Nichol Kessinger, 30, broke down sobbing as she spoke with investigators at the Frederick Police Department in Colorado as she thought about what Watts had done to his daughters.
“Ugh, he is so disgusting, I am so ashamed of him," she said. "Why? why? why? How? I don't even understand how you can bring yourself to do that to someone who is just that big.”
Shan’ann Watts was 15 weeks pregnant when she and her two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, were reported missing on Aug. 13 by their husband and father, Chris Watts.
Watts denied for days that he was involved, but was ultimately charged with their murders after their bodies were found on the site of his former job.
He told his father on Aug. 15 that he killed his wife because he saw her smothering their two daughters to death and “freaked out,” video released by the Weld Count District Attorney’s Office showed.
“Oh my God,” his father said before dropping his head into his hands.
But prosecutors said Watts killed his entire family, strangling his wife and smothering his children before disposing of their bodies.
Autopsy reports showed Watts’ oldest daughter, Bella, fought back.
He was sentenced this month to five life sentences with no possibility of parole after pleading guilty to the murders.
Authorities on Thursday released new recordings of the interactions they had with Watts.
“I can't imagine what you're going through right now.” one officer said.
“I couldn’t sleep at all last night,” Watts replied. “I missed them throwing chicken nuggets at me, honestly, last night.”
Watts also agreed to take a lie detector test, but failed.
“Did you physically cause Shan’ann’s disappearance?” the person administering the test asked.
“No!” he replied.
Kessinger, 30, told police she initially believed Watts that Shan’ann had moved out of the home, but as his story changed and he showed little emotion about his family’s disappearance, she told him to not contact her until his family was found.
“Those poor babies," she said through tears about Watts’ daughters.
She noted she would never have wanted to see his family hurt.
“Did you ever say anything about the kids being problem? Anything about his wife being a problem?” one detective asked.
“Never! Never!” she replied. “This shocked me just as much as I think it shocked the rest of the world.”