Shanann Watts' Father Speaks Out Against 'Vicious' Social Media Trolls & Threats

Frank Rzucek has said that he and his family have been harassed online and received death threats.

July 23, 2019

Photo by: Shanann Watts & daughters Celeste & Bella [Colorado Bureau of Investigation]

Shanann Watts & daughters Celeste & Bella [Colorado Bureau of Investigation]

By: Catherine Townsend

The father of murder victim Shanann Watts has spoken out about online social media harassment — including death threats — that he says he and his family have received since his son-in-law murdered his daughter and two grandchildren last year.

Frank Rzucek, father of Shanann Watts, says that the family has been the target of online trolls since Chris Watts murdered his wife, their unborn child, and the couple's two daughters, Bella and Celeste, in August 2018.

Watts was convicted of the three killings, and sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole for the death of his wife and daughters. He was also given an additional two concurrent life sentences for first-degree murder by a person in a position of trust for both children — and three 12-year sentences for tampering with a deceased human body.

"I don't want to go into the specifics, but I will say that our family, including Shanann and her children — and our grandchildren — have been ridiculed, demeaned, slandered, (and) mocked in the most vicious ways you can imagine," Rzucek said, according to CBS Denver. "This is so wrong. It is cruel. It is heartless."

Rzucek added in his prepared statement that anonymous trolls subjected his family to a "constant stream of ugly, evil insults and attacks" and spread unfounded rumors and conspiracy theories. He added that the family has also received death threats.

"Every time we turn around, there is someone trying to capitalize on our tragedy by spreading false rumors and outright lies about Shanann and our grandchildren," Rzucek said. He claims that the abuse has made it impossible for the family to grieve in peace.

He addressed the cyberbullies directly, saying, "Please stick to the truth. It is painful enough for us just dealing with the reality. Reading the insane conspiracy theories, ugly false rumors. and lies only make it more painful.”

Rzucek has called on Congress to pass laws that would protect crime victims from online harassment, and stated that he has called Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube without receiving a resolution. Rzucek said that he believes that Congress should take measures to stop what he labeled "despicable conduct."

He reiterated that he wants his daughter to be remembered as a beautiful person.
"She would have defended herself, and now I'm here defending her," Rzucek said. "It doesn't need to be like this; I shouldn't have to be out here doing this."

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