One woman even sent a picture of herself in a bikini.
Chris Watts is currently serving three life sentences for the 2018 murders of his pregnant wife and two daughters. In May of this year, Watts turned 36-year-old in prison. Many of his inmates and even prison guns have ostracized him. "No one wants anything to do with him," a source told PEOPLE. "He's on the lowest social tier of the entire prison. He's in protective custody because if he's around other inmates, he'd be in real danger. He's an outcast, even among criminals." And guards as well. "He's probably the most hated man in that prison because he killed children. There's a definite pecking order in jail, and someone who hurts or kills kids is at the very bottom."
Watts was arrested after he strangled his wife, Shanann, to death in their Colorado home on August 13, 2018. He later buried his wife's body at a job site at the oil company where he worked. He also smothered his baby girls Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 to death. He pled guilty to the killings and received a life sentence. This hasn't stopped some "fans" from sending him love letters in jail. "In my heart, you are a great guy," wrote a woman named Candace, according to ABC 7. "I'm hoping to brighten your days," wrote another. One woman went as far as sending a picture of herself in a bikini.
"He got a lot of letters at first," said a source who had spoken with Watts in prison. "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." Aren't the woman appalled by his crimes? "Believe it or not, no," the source said. "They have compassion on him, despite what he did."
The Unraveling of Chris Watts Before He Murdered His Family https://t.co/Q7yr0yazKY— E! News (@enews) August 13, 2021
While Watts has a Bible and pictures of his family in his prison cell, he spends most of his time reading and sending letters. "He'll write his penpals this season, and they're sending him notes, as well," the source told PEOPLE. "It's literally all he can do at this point. He's a young guy, only 36," said the source. "So he could live like this for the next 50 years. It's probably a fate worse than death."
Nancy Greys spoke on her podcast Crime Stories about Watts, "My point is, who are these nuts that are 'in love' with him? He didn't have a trial, he pled guilty under oath, he admitted he's guilty. He's not innocent deep, deep down inside. Who are these people?!" Dr. Bethany Marshall, a psychoanalyst, responded to Nancy, "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." According to Cosmopolitan, hybristophilia is a type of paraphilia in which a person “gets sexually aroused over someone else committing an offensive or violent act,” said Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University and author of the book Confession of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer.
This phenomenon has been around forever and apparently some things never change: Women sending killer dad Chris Watts 'racy' letters: https://t.co/cpS7QLfUbN— Dr. Christine Sarteschi, PhD, LCSW (@DrSarteschi) September 8, 2021
"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"