MILWAUKEE (WNCN/AP) — Chris Watts, the North Carolina native who killed his pregnant wife and two daughters, has their picture hanging in his prison cell.
That’s not sitting well with a lot of people. Now there’s a petition calling for the Wisconsin prison where he’s being housed to take it away.
The Change.org petition says he’s keeping it as a trophy. It goes on to say that the prison is giving him special treatment due to the publicity.
This came to light after the Colorado Bureau of Investigation released notes from an interview its agents had conducted with Watts earlier this year.
Watts strangled his pregnant wife, Shanann, in their bed before driving her body and their two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, to a worksite where he smothered the girls with a blanket, according to records of an interview he gave to police from prison.
Christopher Watts made the statements during authorities’ prison visit on Feb. 18, three months after he was sentenced to life in prison. Authorities said they believe the grim account of the killings represent Watts’ first full confession.
The suburban Denver crime began with the disappearance of Shanann and the children, and Christopher Watts’ televised pleas for their safe return in August. He was arrested within days and later pleaded guilty in exchange for prosecutors not seeking the death penalty.
Watts previously told police he killed his wife after she strangled their daughters, but he acknowledged in the interview that was a lie and he was solely responsible for the killings. He said detectives were the first to mention that Shanann may have killed their children and he “just went with it.”
Watts said he strangled 34-year-old Shanann in their bed on Aug. 13 after he told her their marriage was over and she said he would never see their children again. Watts said his wife correctly suspected that he was having an affair, but he did not tell her about his ongoing relationship with a co-worker before killing her.
So far the petition has more than 100,000 signatures.