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Chris Watts likely in same Wisconsin prison that held Ed Gein

Posted at 4:13 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 18:32:34-05

Chris Watts, the Colorado man who confessed to killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters, is now behind bars in Wisconsin.  

Authorities aren't being specific, but the rumor around town is 33-year-old Chris Watts was moved to the Dodge County Correctional Institution in Waupun. 

"We don't want to be famous for that, but our economy relies on that a large part," said Don Kehrmeyer, Waupun. 

This wouldn't be the first time a high profile murderer was moved to the Dodge County Correctional Institution.

It's the same prison Ed Gein, the man who inspired the movie Psycho, was held. Department of Corrections reports show Steven Avery is behind bars in Waupun.

"That should stand as a star for our reputation that we can handle things like that," said Kehrmeyer.

There's a link on the Wisconsin DOC website where you can send inmates money.  We found 33-year-old Chris Watts listed.  

Radar Online is reporting Watts was transferred to this high-security prison in Waupun last week.

A worker at the Dodge County Correctional Institution told us, "I'm able to confirm any information regarding the possible location of inmate Christopher Watts."

"I'm just used to it.  It doesn't bother me at all," said Betsy Beatty, Waupun.

"If they get out of here where are they gonna go.  They're gonna head out of here as quickly as they can.  We feel pretty safe," said Gary Dejager, Waupun. 

The Colorado DOC spokesperson said Watts is no longer in Colorado, but wouldn't say where is he now.  The spokesperson said high profile prisoners can be moved to other states for safety reasons.

The Wisconsin DOC said in a statement, "The Department of Corrections is not confirming the location or disclosing the identity of inmates who may have been transferred to Wisconsin under the Interstate Corrections Compact.  Questions should be referred to the state correctional agency which transferred the inmate."

"Those criminals have to be somewhere so I guess we'll just be satisfied that they're here," said Kehrmeyer. 

Watts took a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.  He is serving five life sentences.  

The victim's family was notified of the transfer.