The case of Chris Watts — the man who stands accused of murdering his wife, two children, and unborn child — took another strange and bizarre turn.
In addition to being placed on suicide watch, a woman, who claims to be 33-year-old Chris Watts' former mistress, has spoken out and detailed what is nothing short of disturbing sexual behavior.
What's the background?
Shanann Watts — Chris' wife — and their daughters, 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella, disappeared from the family's Colorado home on Aug. 13. Shanann was 15 weeks pregnant with the couple’s third child when she and the children disappeared.
Shanann returned home from a business trip in the very early morning hours of Aug. 13. She and Chris reportedly had an emotional conversation about their relationship shortly after she returned home. During the conversation, Chris reportedly told Shanann that he no longer wanted to be married to her.
Local police made a welfare check on the home after Shanann didn’t show up for a 1:30 p.m. doctor’s appointment. As concerns for Shanann, Celeste, and Bella mounted, a local news station interviewed Chris about his family's abrupt disappearance.
During the interview, Chris tearfully told the camera that he hoped they'd return home.
“Shanann, Bella, Celeste: If you’re out there, just come back,” he said. “Like if somebody has her, just bring her back. I need to see everybody… This house is not complete without anybody here. Please bring ’em back.”
Just one day later, police took Chris into custody. A day after that, investigators discovered Shanann’s dead body at a petroleum company where Chris had worked. Investigators also discovered the bodies of Celeste and Bella at the same site.
In an unsealed court affidavit, police alleged that Chris was having an affair — a claim he initially denied. Chris also admitted to murdering his wife in a fit of rage after she’d reportedly strangled their daughters after he revealed that he wanted to end their marriage.
Police charged Chris with three counts of first-degree murder, and one felony count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
What's happening now?
A source reportedly told HLN’s "Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield" that Chris was put on suicide watch during his incarceration.
People confirmed the news on Tuesday.
According to the outlet, the jail put Chris Watts on "Close Watch Protocol," which is a "technical name for suicide watch."
Under such a protocol, Chris reportedly spends 23 out of 24 hours a day in a cell with no mate.
Guards purportedly perform checks on Chris every 10 to 15 minutes to ensure his welfare, and guards perform a body search several times a day, presumably to ensure that he does not possess any items that could assist in suicide. Chris also reportedly does not have access to reading material, television, or other jail privileges.
What about the mistress?
A Wednesday report by Radar Online featured details about Chris from a woman who allegedly claims to be his mistress.
During an interview with the outlet, the woman — who asked to remain anonymous — said that she engaged in a relationship with Chris in June and July, just weeks prior to the deaths of his family.
The woman, who the outlet says bears a striking resemblance to Chris' late wife, Shanann, said that Chris tried to strangle her when they would have intercourse.
Calling their sexual interactions "animalistic," the woman said that she met Chris online.
“He would put his hands on my throat during intercourse. Now that I know who he is, it gives me the chills! I can’t even think about it,” she said, noting that no alarm bells went off until he reportedly attempted to choke her.
“That freaked me out. He had a rape fantasy. He was very kinky,” she added. “When we had sex ... [h]e just zoned out into a different person. He wasn’t the kind of guy who would cuddle and watch a movie.”
Despite an otherwise friendly — and frequent — flirtation, the woman said that she noticed that Chris was "always sneaking around."
The woman, who reportedly lived about 30 miles from Chris, said that he'd initially told her that he was separated and did not have children.
The mistress reportedly recognized Chris after the case and his subsequent arrest.
“It’s a bad thing to say, ‘It could have been me’ — because it wasn’t,” she concluded. “It was three beautiful souls.”
Last week, a man, purporting to be one of Chris' former lovers, said that he'd also met Chris online and began a relationship with him.
Chris would later reportedly tell the man that though his profile indicated he was straight, he was not yet ready to “come out.”
“[Chris] told me he was looking for a relationship in the long run. I asked why his profile said straight. He said he was not out and not ready to be out as far as sexuality,” the man said, and noted that he'd even met Chris' kids.
“I hope he gets convicted and I hope he stays in prison for the rest of his life,” the man added.