Family of child killer says he is 'not a monster'

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A woman claiming to be William Huff's sister emailed and said her brother is not a monster. (Source: CBS 5) A woman claiming to be William Huff's sister emailed and said her brother is not a monster. (Source: CBS 5)

William Huff served nearly 50 years in prison for murdering two young girls. He is out of prison, to the protests of his victims' families, but his own family describes him as a "humble, kind, peaceful man without any hatred or thoughts of hurting anyone."

You can find background on Huff's past, as well as the controversy surrounding his release from prison on home arrest here. CBS 5 Investigates received an email from someone claiming to be Huff's sister. The phone number connected to the email matches a phone number CBS 5 Investigates verified as the sister's email, although we are not releasing her name because she claims she is being targeted by people who are angry at her brother.

She refers to Huff's conviction as a "purported crime from 50 years ago," and writes that she rarely reads newspaper articles about her brother because "so much of it is not true," although the email does not specify what, exactly, she considers to be false.

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"When this first happened, we lived in constant fear and a lot of taunting and went above and beyond in our efforts to bring back some respect of our name. We have lived in peace, myself being an author, an engineer, a retired civil servant, two retired military men and an owner of two businesses in Sierra Vista," she wrote.

"But despite all of these accomplishments, we find ourselves back at square one trying to regain our respect each time you air that story. In addition to putting our lives in harm's way, as well," she wrote.

She shares some details about how the Huff family views William.

"I have had the opportunity to visit with my brother both during and after his incarnation. He is not a monster. He is a humble, kind, peaceful man without any hatred or thoughts of hurting anyone. He simply wants to live out his life now trying to help others, feeding the homeless and teaching love and patience. He is NOT a danger to society; he is NOT a psychopath as you are depicting and he is certainly not The Phantom. He is a 66-year-old man not a 16-year-old boy anymore and I can assure you that he is remorseful. And wants to live doing simple things in life," she wrote.

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Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter at CBS 5 News. His career has taken him to every corner of the state, lots of corners in the United States, and some far-flung corners of the globe.

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CBS 5 Investigates

Morgan’s past assignments include covering the invasion of Iraq, human smuggling in Mexico, vigilantes on the border and Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County. His reports have appeared or been featured on CBS News, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC and NPR.

Morgan’s peers have recognized his work with 11 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting, an SPJ First Amendment Award, and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. In October 2016, Morgan was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in recognition of 25 years of contribution to the television industry in Arizona.

Morgan is graduate of the University of Arizona journalism school and Concord Law School at Purdue University Global. He is the president of the Arizona First Amendment Coalition and teaches media law and TV news reporting at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

When he’s not out looking for the next big news story, Morgan enjoys hiking, camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats and spending time with his family at their southern Arizona ranch.

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