Shanann Watts' family faces nonstop 'cruel and heartless' harassment, father begs cyberbullies to 'just stop'
Frederick, Colorado: Shanann Watts' father, who is still reeling from the brutal murder of his daughter and two granddaughters, claims his family has been facing nonstop death threats and online harassment for nearly a year after the tragic deaths.
In a recent public statement, Frank Rzucek urged cyberbullies to "just stop. Please, just stop."
“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 was quoted as saying by The Denver Channel.
Shanann was strangled to death by her husband Chris Watts last August when she was pregnant with their third child. The monster dad also killed Rzucek's two granddaughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.
The 33-year-old man managed to avoid a death penalty in a plea deal that saw him plead guilty to the disturbing slayings.
He was handed multiple life sentences in November, without the possibility of parole.
However, Shanann's family has not been allowed to grieve the tragic deaths after being plagued by false rumors and wild conspiracy theories about the case on social media.
“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.
According to him, the embattled family has also faced false accusations from online trolls with a “constant stream of ugly, evil insults and attacks,” including death threats.
“This is so wrong. It is cruel. It is heartless,” he commented.
The heartbroken father has now reached out to social media sites to help them stop the harassment but to no avail.
Rzucek also urged Congress to pass legislation that would protect “victims of unspeakable crimes from this kind of abuse.”
“It doesn’t need to be like this, I shouldn’t have to be out here doing this,” Rzucek said. “Making money off of my daughter’s death is ridiculous.”
In conclusion, he urged those who felt compelled to comment or discuss the case to "stick to the truth."
“Please stick to the truth. It is painful enough for us just dealing with the reality,” Rzucek said. “Reading the insane conspiracy theories, ugly false rumors and lies only make it more painful.”