"Greetings from New York, Chris!" Wrote a woman from Brooklyn to Christopher Watts on August 23, days after he admitted he had murdered his pregnant wife and young daughters. loading the bodies into his car and unloading them at an oil site.
"I thought a lot about you," Tatiana admitted to the now convicted murderer. "I thought life was too short to hold back." Here I am!
The 29-year-old put a bikini photo of her on a beach. "So you can give the words a face. I know what you look like, so I thought I'd do it fair, "she flirted. "I hope I conjured a smile on your face."
But when Tatiana failed, many others also wanted to cheer him up.
Watts was unlawfully accused of multiple first-degree murder on August 20, ending pregnancy and manipulating a deceased human body. He pleaded guilty. In November, a judge in Colorado sentenced him to three consecutive life sentences – one for each murder victim.
In his time the documents obtained by the prosecutor from the Washington Post left Tatiana was just one of many letters he received from hopeful applicants and fans. *
Candace, a 39-year-old mother of two children, wrote several times; Her second letter ended with #TEAMCHRIS #LOVEHIM and a scribbled heart. "I've seen your interview and have just been drawn to you (do not ask me why)," she said in a letter, adding that if he wrote back, "the luckiest girl would be alive."
Another woman named Christan began "addressing the elephant in the room. No, I'm not a creeper or crazy. "She was dressed by Watts when she saw him take a deep breath when the judge read his murder charge." She said, "I know how alienating this process can be.
Tammy, 36, described herself as "a simple girl who lives in a small town" and attached photos. She noticed that this was the first time she had written to an inmate and that she was "actually very nervous".
The Ohio-based woman asked Watts, "Why is someone as pretty as me? And write to someone in prison? "(She recently got off to a bad break," she explained.)
How a woman could hurt a man who was arrested for murdering his family may seem confusing, but this decade-old phenomenon is far from unusual. Offenders on the front page – like Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, Charles Manson and the Menendez brothers – were also followed by countless women behind bars.
The imprisoned individual may have become part of a sadomasochistic fantasy for many of these women Katherine Pier, a psychiatrist at the University of California faculty in San Francisco, told the Washington Post, "There's nothing like flirting with danger "Pier," said Pier, who has been working with criminals. "The women who write murderers are often victims of abuse and attract aggressors – if you're dealing with a man behind bars, you're in control positions – these women are most likely never have a chance to meet the man they are pursuing, and if so, they would be protected by the prison system. "
Sheila Isenberg, author of" Women who love men who kill, "Pier repeated.
] It was not so much about chasing celebrities or having a notorious murderer, Isenberg said, it's exciting to hi into a man to be in love with bars. "You do not know what's going to happen. There is always an adrenaline rush.
Then came a second type of woman vying for the attention of a man like Christopher Watts.
Isenberg attributed the shift in current celebrity culture and the rise of social media platforms. "They allowed" an explosion of female fans to get out of the woodwork. "
The women who write to murderers like Watts also want to be famous and famous in part. This is more a case of "Hey, I want to be famous, choose me."
In the past, true crime novels that made national headlines were mainly reserved for mass murderers. Now serial killer groupies have open communication forums. They generate Facebook groups and posts at Reddit announcing men who would otherwise have been little known, homicidal killers.
The more famous the person, the more magnetic he is.
"It makes house killers like Watts public figures become notorious," said Isenberg. He's working on a follow-up book: "More women who love men who kill."
"The media frenzy and online attention of people Like Watts, I was led to realize that there is a whole new kind of relationship between murderers and women on the outside.
Correction: An earlier version of this story, which was wrongly stated, had been in prison for six months. Since his arrest in August, he has been detained for more than four months.
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