Chris Watts receives dozens of letters in prison from women every week
‘When I saw your interview I thought I had to get to know this guy!’
Chris Watts is receiving “dozens” of letters in prison per week, from women who want to strike up friendships as well as hate mail and death threats.
Watts was given five life sentences for killing his pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters in 2018. The case is back in the limelight after Netflix released a true crime documentary about the case, American Murder: The Family Next Door. The documentary ends with Watts’ court case, in which he was told he would never leave prison. He is currently serving his sentence at Dodge Correctional Institution, a Waupun Wisconsin prison.
According to a source in prison with Watts, he is in regular correspondence with lots of women. The source told People magazine: “He got a lot of letters at first. Many of them are from women who thought he was handsome and felt compassion for him. He had nothing better to do, so he wrote them back. And he started having pen pals. A couple of them stood out, and they’ve kept in contact.” The source says they don’t care about his crimes, and instead “they have compassion on him, despite what he did.”
The number of letters he has had has increased since the Netflix documentary was released, with the source adding that in the past week he has had “more than 10”. They said: “Some of the letters are angry. A lot of them are from people of faith who want to pray for him. But then he gets letters from women who want to connect with him, you know, romantically. He responds because he doesn’t have anything better to do.”
Some of the letters Chris Watts gets in prison are from people wanting friendships and even more, but others are hate mail sending him abuse
The Daily Mail reports that Watts has been getting up to 60 letters in just a few weeks – the majority being from women, some sending him photos too. The letters were obtained by The Daily Mail, and also included hate mail and a letter of termination from his position at Anadarko Petroleum – the company Watts was working at when he committed the murders.
One letter from a woman called Tatiana said: “I found myself thinking a lot about you” and went on to explain she is 29 and from New York. She sent a picture of her on the beach in a bikini. She concluded: “Im here for you. Please know there are strangers out there (like me) who care about you.”
The next letter is from a 36-year-old woman called Tammy who says she “wanted to reach out and be your friend” and says she has printed photos from her Facebook to send him.
Another letter, from a woman called Candace, suggest she has been in regular contact with Watts by opening up the letter saying “it’s Candace again”. She says she will write a letter every day until Chris Watts responds to her. She says “everyone” has told her Watts is a “monster” but she says they are “wrong and that I do not feel the way they do”. She says she wants to be his friend and visit him in prison “if that’s even possible lol”. She adds: “When I first saw your very first interview I was like OMG I have to get to know this guy”. She says that in her heart she believes everything he says and finishes the letter with “#TEAMCHRIS #CHRISISINNOCENT #LOVEHIM #SOOOOOCUTE”.
But not all the letters are nice, obviously. One began with “I miss seeing you round the neighbourhood” but turned to saying “you can’t imagine what’s in store in for you” and “Shanann, Bella and Celeste will be visiting you in your cell for nights to come”. The letter calls him a “monster/loser/freak/asshole”.
A further letter simply read: “Good luck, you gonna need it, die bitch”. Another hate mail letter said: “You are vile. You are a monster” and wishes he gets abuse from the criminals he lives with in prison.
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