They thought "he was handsome and felt compassion" for man who pleaded guilty murdering his family in cold blood.
Life in prison is not particularly exciting but the "family killer", Chris Watts who was sentenced to life in prison has something to do to keep him busy. The Colorado man became infamous in 2018 when he murdered his wife and his two young daughters in their own home. He recently was in the limelight again after Netflix released a documentary on his cold-blooded crime, American Murder: The Family Next Door. While many could hardly finish the watching the documentary, others were left angry at the man. But not all, it seems like. The 35-year-old convicted murderer has been receiving love letters in prison, from women who want to get to know him. And he has been writing back to them.
Ever since he pleaded guilty and began his life sentence, Watts has been receiving letters from outside but the release of the Netflix documentary seems to have caused a spike in the number of letters addressed to the prison inmate. And these women don't seem bothered by the brutality he had inflicted on his own wife and children. We had earlier reported on the same, you can read more about it here.
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"He got a lot of letters at first," a source, who spoke to Watts in jail, told People. "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 penpals. A couple of them stood out, and they've kept in contact."
One might think that the man who strangled his pregnant wife to death and then dumped her body along with their unborn baby might irk some people but not these women. "Believe it or not... They have compassion on him, despite what he did," the source said.
Since the Netflix documentary began streaming towards the end of September, there have been more letters for the 35-year-old man. It was "more than 10," the source said.
While talking about the contents of the letter, the source revealed, "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."
Reports of letters received by the convicted man have been coming out right from the beginning of him serving his life sentence. Even in 2018, he received dozens of letters from women who were infatuated by him, as reported by ABC7 News.
One woman wrote to him and said, "In my heart, you are a great guy."
Another woman not only sent him a letter but also included a picture of herself in a bikini on a beach. The woman named Tatiana was 29 at the time and wrote to Watts from Brooklyn just days after he admitted to the cold-blooded murders of his family.
"Greetings from New York, Chris!" Tatiana wrote in her letter, as quoted by The Washington Post. "I found myself thinking a lot about you. I figured life is too short to hold back... so here I am!"
Touching upon her supposed intention behind sending him a picture of herself in a bikini, she wrote, "So you can place a face to the words. I know what you look like so I thought I’d make it fair,” she flirted. “I hope I’ve put a smile on your face."
There was another woman, a 39-year-old mother of two children, who also wrote to Watts several times ever since he was put behind bars. "I’ve been watching your interview and I just became attracted to you (don’t ask me why)," the woman wrote to him. Much like a love letter written by a lovesick teenager, the second letter that Candace wrote to Watts included a doodled heart and ended with #TEAMCHRIS and #LOVEHIM.
One woman from Ohio asked Watts in her letter "Why is someone as pretty as me single? And writing to someone in jail?"
The second question is probably something several people asked about all the women who wrote to Watts. And Katherine Pier, a psychiatrist on the faculty at the University of California at San Francisco, gave a possible explanation.
"It’s a way of flirting with danger while risking nothing," Pier explained. "The women writing killers are often victims of abuse and gravitate toward aggressors. Getting involved with a man behind bars puts them in positions of control. These women will most likely never have the chance to meet the man they’re pursuing. And if they did, they’d be protected by the prison system."