“Is SHE Chris Watts’s Mystery Mistress” was published on #SHAKEDOWN on August 23rd, 2018 be me at this link. At that time I was not blogging exclusively on the Watts case. About two weeks later I shifted coverage from #SHAKEDOWN to TCRS.
When the post appeared online in the last week of August, it was the first image published online [besides social media] that made explicit the connection of the name mentioned in the addendum to the arrest affidavit, and the mistress.
Shortly after the endorsed witnessed list was published [as an addendum to the arrest affidavit] it was partially redacted and later the entire witness list was removed. In the original list Kessinger’s name appeared on page 7 [of 9 pages].
At the time who this “Nichol Kessinger” was was speculation but it wasn’t difficult to join the dots. The Arrest Affidavit stated that Watts was actively having an affair with a co-worker, and even though it wasn’t confirmed at the time, it was obvious Kessinger and her kin had strong career links to the oil and gas industry. It was also relatively simple to systematically go through the list Googling names and excluding those who were cops, Thrivers or otherwise didn’t fit the “mistress” profile.
The speculation posted on #SHAKEDOWN was not repeated in the media at time, but it was subsequently proven to be 100% correct.
To date that particular post has been viewed over 60 000 times.