Why did Anadarko Fire Nichol Kessinger on August 22nd, less than 10 days after the murders?

If all Nichol Kessinger did wrong was have an affair, why was she fired?

According to the Times-Call:

During this interview, Kessinger gave Koback her phone and signed a waiver allowing him to look at phone calls and texts between her and Watts. While Kessinger questioned why investigators needed everything from her phone, she consented to let them search it. Much would have to be recovered, though, as she had deleted everything involving Watts after she discovered he was lying to her.

“Initially, you drew concern from me when you told me that you deleted everything from Chris,” Koback said, but it appears that concern dissipated. Toward the end of the interview, he told Kessinger to take her mind off the case for a while, suggesting she go out with a friend and relax.

But Kessinger was concerned about the long-term effects of her connection to the case. When Koback said she looked tired again, she said it wasn’t just because of the shock of what Watts did.

“I lost my job yesterday, so that’s where that comes from,” she said. Kessinger had worked for Tasman Geosciences, which contracted with Anadarko Petroleum Co. She told the company her situation a few days after Watts’ arrest, she told Koback, and at first they said it was fine. Aug. 22, a day later, they said they were letting her go because her contract was up.

“I have a feeling that trying to get by for the next five to 10 years is gonna be really hard,” she said.

37 thoughts on “Why did Anadarko Fire Nichol Kessinger on August 22nd, less than 10 days after the murders?

  1. In the interview, NK said her purview was health and the environment. Her position sounds like a safety position, which is responsible for addressing a company’s risk and safety issues. As we know from Anadarko’s 2017 disaster, they have a great deal of exposure and need to address an array of environmental and safety issues going forward. In doing so, I would think they are under intense regulatory scrutiny and will be for many years because of the 2017 explosion. NK’s position typically involves working with supervisors, like Chris, to ensure that equipment is properly maintained and that employees implement required safety practices. While safety positions don’t generally have direct authority over supervisors and their employees, they are assigned a great deal of responsibility to maintain a safe environment and ensure a company has clean audits. I’ll put it bluntly: you can’t be screwing a supervisor and not compromise your oversight authority with him or any other personnel, many of whom likely knew about Chris and NK. Given Anadarko’s 2017 disaster and NK’s steamy affair with a man who at the time was accused of annihilating his family, I’m surprised she wasn’t fired sooner or placed on leave (maybe she was). Since NK’s curious interview, there has been a lot of speculation about her possibly being involved in the murders either directly or indirectly. Again, after 2017, I’m sure Anadarko is keenly concerned about their image, about rebuilding community trust. Oh, well…

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    • NK was involved with safety and she was doing it with Chris without protection contravening all safety precautions. That’s the reason she was fired.


    • I don’t feel sorry for her, she knew Chris was married regardless of what stage that marriage was in.
      she shopped for w doing dresses and looked up Shanan Watts back in sept. 2017. I don’t know what her motives were but I do think she is guilty of very bad decisions and down right immaturity.
      Learn from your mistakes and keep your hands and body off of married men….

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        • No body in an affair, could fathom that the other person is gonna kill their entire family. She might not be telling all, and we never know exactly what was said between them.


      • Your right Deana….. It’s in a married man’s best interest to keep your radar on for women like NK… her interests are not in yours…beware !! You will lose the women you tell in love with and married. Ask yourself if a short term fling is worth a lifetime of pain ?
        I was once told this by a very wise older man. “Do you know why the grass looks greener elsewhere ? Maybe It’s because you’ve been watering & fertilizing the wrong yard instead of your own”
        That saying managed to find memory cells in my brain and latched on to it….and it’s meaning because I’ve never forgotten it.


  2. Tasman Geosciences would like to have other contracts with the great and powerful Anadarko Oil company and not in any way be tainted by this horrible case so her services would no longer be needed just as Lockheed Martin needed to cut John Ramsey’s association through Access Graphics from the mothership. She can’t make a case for wrongful termination if her contract was indeed, up. And who knows really if her contract was up. They can say it was up, period. I’m getting the picture now though, that Anadarko Oil and Gas is the primary source of employment and revenue for the state – at least that region of the state.

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    • I should think that employees should reasonably expect their livelihood to be protected after they are merely accused of a crime but, then again, it is backwards America you’re talking about.


  3. Can I ask why in the world the FBI or law enforcement never checked out her alibi?!

    Or while they had her phone her health app activity for the night of the murders?!

    I don’t know if I believe she was involved that night but it’s so puzzling that her alibi was never even looked at or documented!!

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  4. Next 10yrs are going to be hard to get by???
    Yeah right, seeing her research on Amber Frey she’s planning on selling herself .. books , interview, documentary.
    Hard to feel bad for her…

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  5. People will always be wondering about her level of involvement because of her sketchy behavior, sketchy personality, and her destroying evidence while acting “helpful”.
    Too many unanswered questions. Like her internet search for Shanann Watts in 2017, and her phone call FROM Frederick at 6:16am, the morning of the murders, August 13 as noted on her Verizon Phone Bill.
    Doubtful she will ever have a moment of peace in the near future.

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    • I did not see anywhere that she received a phone call that morning. I did see after the murders Chris sent her a photo of the site with flowers and she remarked that she liked flowers as if he was telling her he had done the job. That makes her as guilty as hell in my book.


      • Beware of making defamatory statements. Effectively you’re accusing Kessinger of being an accessory to murder. Would you like to get sued?


      • 1701 hours: Kessinger made two unanswered calls to watts l4L – TLi 7937 – 79381 Deleted 1705 hours: Watts called Chase Bank and held a nearly two minute conversation. He called a separate number for Chase moments later and held a two and a half minute conversation 141. – rr 7940,79421 1730 hours: Watts made an unanswered call to Kessinger l4l – rL: 79481 Deleted


  6. If I were an investigator, I’d be curious to figure out how Chris had acquired so many Anadarko gift cards. Did he save them up over a long time? How often did he get them? NK said in an interview that those cards were given out as rewards for observing safety on the job. And wasn’t one of her main responsibilities was to oversee safety?


    • Kaye, good point. I wondered about the gift cards too. Some companies give them out as rewards for meeting health goals and he was all about getting fit this year. Besides getting them as a reward, perhaps he signed up to buy additional ones via work that came out of check so his wife couldn’t touch that money.


  7. “its gonna be hard to get by the next 5 to 10 years”

    well dont have a relationship with a married man, atleast you’ll be alive the next 10 years


  8. I wonder know where she is. A new job, a new apt, maybe trying to visit Chris. I’m not the distance from his parents live to JAIL.
    Same with her, distance.

    Yuk….Dr Phil doing a show in Tuesday…Watts case.
    YouTube posted it, 500 comment then closed.
    Another site…people dissing show, Phil and Nancy Grace.


  9. A healthy happy company needs healthy and happy employees. A good Home and family life are very important when it comes to the well being of a companies employees. You can’t have the worlds latest most famous ho-bag working for a testosterone dominant company like Anadarko and not get blowback from the wives of these guys! She’s a hinderance!


  10. Nicole is one of those women that other women dislike. Where are/were Nicole’s girlfriends? Why no pics of Nicole and her girlfriends? Are there any? Shanann was not my cup of tea, but she was able to nurture relationships with other women. Nicole is repellent.


      • nickbdl I thought of that after I had already posted my comment! Sorry about that! I probably would have been an acquaintance of Shanann’s (very small doses or in a group w/others.) On the other hand, I would avoid Nikki like the plague. That chick is not gf material at all!


  11. She no doubt got fired because of the publicity surrounding the case (that is why Shanann’s brother lost his job) and the fact that the victims bodies were dumped on their property\in their oil tanks.

    I don’t feel any sympathy for her because her life might be hard for a few years but she is still luckier than the victims, the Rzucek and Watts family because all she lost was a job and probably some friends. She should just be grateful that the cops don’t consider her a suspect despite her lies and that Chris made idiotic mistakes when trying to cover up his crimes saving her and any future children she might have had with him from meeting the same fate as Shanann, Bella, Celeste and Nico when Chris would eventually have gotten bored of their life together, found her replacement and wanted another fresh start without any baggage.


      • Youtuber Molly Golighty who has become friends with Frankie and I think his mother as well. I forget what it is called but she did a video where she talked about stuff they told her about Shanann (with their permission) and she mentioned that Frankie started a new job a few weeks before the murders but was let go shortly after the murders because of the publicity surrounding the case.


  12. Are you serious.
    She came forward. Big deal she deleted info on Her Phone.
    She had to move to another area, away from her family, friends.
    Lose her job.
    All she did was meet a guy, have feelings.
    A twinkle in her eye.
    Now……. nothing.
    How would you feel.


  13. A contractor is usually informed a couple of months or so that the contract will not be renewed. Since NK was worried about losing her job, she obviously had not been slated for a non-renewal prior to this incident. The men were upset at the company after Chris admitted some guilt and having NK work there was no longer viable to a well-oiled operation. To keep her at the site would have possibly been catastrophic to the employees who needed healing and keeping their minds focused on their sometimes dangerous jobs, so that could have been a snap reason to not renew her contract. It would be interesting to know if her position has been filled by another contractor. I’m sure there were other reasons, such as company image, and like one person said earlier, other men’s wives getting their dander up like Cindy Reynolds said earlier.


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  15. NK reminds me of Jodi Arias in some ways. Definitely not as sharp as Jodi but I believe she is devious and had her eye on the prize for longer than Chris even knew she existed. I haven’t heard/seen much discussion about the Metalica song Battery. I pulled up the lyrics this morning as I was listening to the 5 hour interview and my goodness, there is something there with that song and why on Earth she sent him the lyrics to ask him what he thought.


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