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Savoie Describes Ordeal in Letters from Japan

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Christopher Savoie with Isaac and Rebecca Christopher Savoie with Isaac and Rebecca
Amy Savoie Amy Savoie
Noriko Savoie with young Isaac and Rebecca Noriko Savoie with young Isaac and Rebecca

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Christopher Savoie's family is awaiting word about his fate -- word they think could come any day now.

It comes as they're reading over new letters in which the Franklin father describes his ordeal inside a Japanese jail.

Savoie is locked up 7,000 miles from home, accused of trying to abduct the children who were abducted from him.

So what's happened to him? For now, all his wife has are his letters.

"October 9th, 2009," Amy Savoie begins reading one of those letters.

"Today as you know is especially hard because it is Isaac's birthday, and I have been cruelly torn from the fabric of his life by this crazy injustice."

She's not allowed to talk to him by phone.  So those letters from Japan have been Amy's only contact with her husband.

"My first priority is to get out of this petri dish," she reads. "Then he says, 'This place is a horror show.'"

Christopher Savoie, who spoke exclusively to NewsChannel 5 Investigates before his trip, has been locked up in a Japanese jail for more than two weeks, after he allegedly grabbed his own children, Isaac and Rebecca, on their way to school.

"Each day they systematically search each cell for foreign objects," Amy reads, making the gesture of quote marks for "foreign objects."

Savoie's letter shows a flash of humor over a search by his captors.

"So I yelled, 'There is a foreign object in my cell that should not be here.' They all rushed back in a panic and asked 'What is it?' I raised my my hand and said meekly, 'Me.' I started cracking up, but they didn't laugh."

Savoie's ex-wife, Noriko, abducted the kids back in August, and Franklin police took out a warrant for her arrest.

But Japan doesn't recognize the court order he took with him, giving him full custody.

Amy Savoie reads from a second letter. "I don't have very much time for writing again today because the interrogations have been nonstop -- 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. --relentless."

In that letter, Savoie seems to believe he's winning over his interrogators.

"One of the interrogators broke down crying at the injustice yesterday when he realized that he stands on the side of promulgating injustice. It's not what he signed up for."

Then, there's a third letter.

"This is October 12th," Amy says. "This is the one that's hard."

She reads, "Last night was especially hard for me for some reason. I couldn't stop crying."

On this day, Savoie struggles against a system likened by Japanese legal groups to "torture."

"This place is a hell hole, and I need you to help me survive the torture. This whole system is designed to slowly break you down and get you to cooperate with their agenda."

One of those ways, Amy learns, is that her husband hasn't been received many of the letters she's sent him, hoping to keep his spirits up.

"I am totally isolated and it is wearing on me. Please, please, please write to me ... It is critical to my survival."

He signs one of the letters, "With all my love and everything else I have to give. Your husband, Christopher."

In another recent letter, Christopher Savoie tells his wife that he's growing a beard.

That's because, if he wants to shave, he says he must use the same razor blade as other inmates -- something that, for hygienic reasons, he's not willing to do.

As for his contemplation of a hunger strike, Amy Savoie says that's what she was told by U.S. officials who visited him, but that she sent word discouraging him from doing that.

She thinks he took her advice.

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