In the book “Jaws,” Chrissie Watkins is about 25, the date of Tom Cassidy, and a houseguest at the home of his friends. The couple decide to go for a moonlight swim, Tom stays behind on the beach, and Chrissie is eaten.
Tom wakes up and wonders where she went. He doesn’t know her well. Could she have run off with someone, maybe the couple that owns the house?
“For all I know,” Tom says, “she could be a little weird.”
In the movie, Chrissie is listed as a student, though she looks like Janis Joplin’s older sister. Tom Cassidy appears to meet her on the beach, because he asks her name.
Despite the other differences in the book and movie, Chrissie’s fate is the same: she is the shark’s first victim.
She died on July 1, 1974. Her crime? She just swam out a little far.
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