Convicted Shepherd, 31, wants to tell them that he did not cause the death of Charlotte Brown, 24.
But Charlotte's family snubbed a message sent to them by her killer.
The captured fugitive, who is being held in Georgia, sent a scribbled note from his jail cell.
He told the family he wanted to “look you in the eye and explain everything that happened that tragic evening”.
He asked to talk to them so they can “understand better” how she died — despite having been convicted of killing her.
But at no point in the message did Shepherd say sorry.
Charlotte’s family dismissed the note and refused to “dignify” it with a response.
BOAT KILLER'S MESSAGE
It has emerged that an official request to extradite Shepherd was made this week.
Irakli Chilingarashvili, head of the International Department of the Prosecutors Office of Georgia, was “very confident” the extradition will go ahead.
He said the request was received “a couple of days ago” and “it’s up to the judge to decide”.
Shepherd was on a champagne-fuelled first date with Charlotte, 24, when he allowed her to drive his speedboat on the Thames in December 2015.
It is unbelievable that seemingly, even now, Shepherd can only selfishly think about himself rather than the appalling consequences of his actions
The boat, which had defects, capsized and Charlotte drowned.
Web designer Shepherd was arrested but went on the run.
He was sentenced to a six-year jail term after being convicted in his absence of manslaughter by gross negligence.
The Sun revealed that he had fled to ex-Soviet republic Georgia — where Shepherd handed himself in two months ago.
In his first direct message to Charlotte’s family, Shepherd wrote: “I wish that I had ignored the police and lawyers and spoken to you 3 years ago.”
Charlotte’s dad Graham Brown, 55, of Sidcup, South London, said: “We don’t intend to dignify Shepherd’s comments with a response until the extradition process has been completed and he is finally held accountable for his actions.”
Tory MP James Brokenshire, who has supported the Browns, said: “It is unbelievable that seemingly, even now, Shepherd can only selfishly think about himself rather than the appalling consequences of his actions.”
The Sun can reveal Shepherd and his legal team have received hate mail since it emerged he planned to fight extradition — claiming he is at risk of violence in a British jail.
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