Chris Watts, who murdered his family two years ago and is now the subject of a mega-hit new Netflix true-crime documentary, has struck up correspondences with multiple women as he languishes under multiple life sentences in a Wisconsin prison, People magazine reports.
Marie Claire reports that one woman Chris Watts has written from prison is the author of a 2019 book chronicling his senseless murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two young daughters. The author has insisted that Chris told her that he premeditated the murders and that he plotted his wife’s death in particular for weeks.
According to the Daily Mail, the release of the documentary, “American Murder: The Family Next Door,” has left Chris in a “dark place” now that so much more of the country knows that he killed Shanann one tragic morning in August 2018, and then shortly after smothered their two daughters to death.
People magazine heard from a source who has spoken with Chris Watts in prison. This individual said that when Chris first began his sentence in November 2018 — he had pleaded guilty to all three murders and to the unlawful termination of a pregnancy — many women wrote to him and expressed empathy with his plight.
“He got a lot of letters at first,” says a source who has spoken with Watts in jail. “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”
The source said that a couple of these women “stood out” and that Chris Watts has kept in contact with them.
Curiously enough, as the New York Daily News reports, these women have not been put off by the fact that Chris killed Shanann, put her in the back of the family car, put the girls in the back seat, drove out to a Colorado oil field where he worked, buried his wife, smothered his two little girls, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, to death, and then stuck their bodies in an oil tank. He has reported being forever haunted by one of the girls’ last words: “Daddy, no!”
“Believe it or not, no,” People’s source says of whether the pen pals are repulsed by such behavior in their convict crush. “They have compassion on him, despite what he did.”
Watts pleaded guilty to his heinous crimes so as to avoid the death penalty.
He was instead given five life sentences without the opportunity for parole. He’s doing the time at a maximum security prison in Waupun, Wis.New York Daily News
During the summer of 2018, the now-imprisoned Chris Watts struck up a torrid affair with a woman he met at his work in the oil business, Nichol Kessinger. She has firmly denied having had any awareness that her boyfriend had become homicidal. On the contrary, she reports that he told her that he was on the brink of divorce from his wife and that he never said anything about Shannan being pregnant.
Marie Claire conferred with author Cheryln Cadle, who published Letters From Christopher: The Tragic Confessions of the Watts Family in 2019. The woman began exchanging letters with Chris not long after he was put in prison.
Chris told the writer that he didn’t murder Shanann as impulsively as he had previously claimed. Previously, his official story was that he killed her in the heat of the moment during an early morning argument about their crumbling marriage.
Writing to the woman author from prison, Chris Watts said that after he tucked in his daughters the previous night, “I walked away and said, ‘That’s the last time I’m going to be tucking in my babies.”
He added, “I knew what was going to happen the day before and I did nothing to stop it. I was numb to the entire world,” according to a copy of the letter published by The Daily Mail.Marie Claire
In another letter to the woman author that was obtained by reporters at The Daily Mail, Chris Watts made abundantly clear how premeditated his murder of Shanann really was.
Shanann spent six weeks of the summer of 2018 visiting her family in North Carolina while Chris stayed back to work in Colorado. It was during that time that his affair with Nichol took off. As is abundantly clear in the Netflix documentary, Shanann was wise to the fact that something was not right in her marriage to Chris.
As the woman author learned from the letter Chris Watts wrote her from prison, he had spent much of that summer-romance period consumed with the thought of eliminating his wife from the equation. “All the weeks of me thinking about killing her, and now I was faced with it,” he wrote.
The Watts murders have long been national news. But now that the Netflix documentary — currently the most watched program on the streaming outlet — has made Chris’ heinous deeds all the more accessible to the American public, the Daily Mail reports that he is particularly dispirited by becoming that much more famous for slaughtering his family.
‘Just knowing that the documentary is out there has sent Chris to some dark places,’ a source told on Monday. ‘He hates knowing that it’s out there, but realizing that he will never see it.’
‘He hates knowing that it’s out there and that he’ll never see it’: Killer Chris Watts is in ‘a dark place’ following release of Netflix documentary that sheds new light on horrific murder of his wife and their childrenDaily Mail