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Chris Watts Keeps Photos In Jail Cell Of His Family He Killed — But A Petition Wants To Forbid It

Chris Watts was sentenced to life in prison for killing his pregnant wife, Shannan, and their two daughters, Bella and Celeste, with his bare hands.

By Ethan Harfenist

An online petition has called for Wisconsin correctional officials to remove Chris Watts’ photos of the family members he murdered from his prison cell.

“We, the public and taxpayers, demand that any pictures of Watts' murder victims are confiscated and that he does not receive favorable treatment due to the publicity of his criminal case,” the Change.org petition, which as of this writing has accrued more than 4,100 signatures since it was started six days ago, says in its description.

It also argues the prison is violating its own policy of victim advocacy by allowing Watts to display photos of his deceased family members.

Watts, who is serving a life sentence in a Wisconsin prison over the murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann, and two young daughters, Bella and Celeste, revealed last month that he talks to photos of his dead family every morning and every night.

He detailed his ritual to investigators from the Frederick Police Department, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI on Feb. 18 during a five-hour interview, which was released in early March.

"Every time I see pictures of them I don’t know how this could have happened. Being a dad was the best part of my life,” Watts said at one point in the interview.

Watts also said he reads a book he used to read Celeste at night to the photos, claiming that he wanted to be a dad his whole life.

“I always think to myself, was I even a dad at one point? I don’t know,” he said, adding that it’s going to “take a long time to forgive myself…I hope one day they’ll forgive me, too.”