Chris Watts has sent 'racy love letters' from prison after murdering family
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Chris Watts is currently serving five life sentences in prison for the brutal murder of his pregnant wife and two young daughters — but that apparently hasn't stopped him racking up plenty of admirers.
It turns out the killer, who was the subject of Netflix's true crime documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door has been receiving 'racy' love letters from women who have fallen in love with him, despite the murder charges.
In 2013, the father of two strangled his wife Shanann, who was pregnant at the time, to death, before smothering his daughters Bella, four, and Celeste, three.
After finding love outside of his marriage, Chris Watts seemingly wanted to draw a line under his family life and start a new one with his mistress Nichol Kessinger.
The killer then drove the three bodies to a work site, about 40 miles away from their family home, burying his wife's body and dumping his daughters' bodies in crude oil barrels.
In 2018, Chris pleaded guilty to the three murders, and was issued five life sentences.
Since he was put behind bars, Chris has had letters with a number of ladies who have fallen for him and want to spark up a romantic correspondence with him.
And the fan mail only got bigger after he became the subject of the infamous Netflix documentary.
Prosecutors from the Weld County District Attorney have released 'dozens' of letters that had been sent to Chis, which Crime Online has described as 'racy'.
According to ABC7, one woman wrote: "In my heart, I know you are a great guy.
"If you do write me back I'd be the happiest girl alive, that's for sure #teamchris #chrisisinnocent #lovehim #socute."
Another wrote: "I've found myself thinking a lot about you," accompanied by a photograph of herself wearing a bikini.
It might sound hard to believe, but falling in love with a cold-blooded killer isn't a new phenomenon — just look at Ted Bundy and Charles Manson.
The psychological term for it is hybristophilia, which describes a sexual attraction to people who've committed gruesome crimes.
"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."
Speaking about the women who fall for Chris for popular true crime podcast Crime Stories, Dr. Bethany Marshall, a psychoanalyst explained: "They are not so different from fanatics who fall in love with celebrities. There are some similar features. But I think it's a little deeper than that.
"There's a lot of research that goes into understanding women who fall in love with men behind bars.
"One of the ideas is that some of them have grown up in violent households so they fuse power, aggression and love as if those three things are one and the same."
It all sounds pretty messed up, but at least we can rest easy knowing that there's no chance Chris is getting out to meet these women any time soon.