Convicted Serial Killer Dies In Custody

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Confessed serial killer Coral Eugene Watts, who had admitted to a dozen killings in Texas and Michigan, died Friday of apparent prostate cancer, a Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman said. He was 53.
Watts died at 11:10 a.m. in a secure area of Foote Hospital, Russ Marlan said.
Last week, Watts was sentenced to a second life prison sentence in the slaying of a Western Michigan University student more than three decades ago.
In July, a jury convicted Watts of first-degree murder in the 1974 stabbing death of 19-year-old Gloria Steele. He was convicted of the same charge in December 2004 for the 1979 killing of Helen Dutcher, 36, in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale.
Watts, a native of Inkster, which also is near Detroit, denied having anything to do with Steele's death. The college student was stabbed more than 30 times in the apartment that she shared with her daughter, who was then 3 years old.
Watts received immunity for 12 other killings to which he had he confessed -- 11 in Texas and one in Michigan that did not involved Steele or Dutcher -- as part of a 1982 deal with Texas prosecutors.
He was given a 60-year sentence for burglary with intent to murder, but mandatory release laws and an appeals court ruling reduced his sentence by more than 35 years.
Michigan authorities revived the Dutcher and Steele cases in an effort to keep Watts behind bars because he was to have been released from a Huntsville, Texas, prison in May 2006.
The Michigan attorney general's office has said Watts is a suspect in 26 other slayings and may have killed more than 80 women.

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  • by Baze Location: Midland,Tx on Oct 27, 2007 at 01:56 PM
    Thank You Jesus that that low life rotten scum is one less demon that we have to worry about.I hope that he suffered.That may be unchristian but its hard not to feel that way after what he did.Those poor girls didn't deserve that.No one deserves that.Some say that demons walk the earth,I'm one that believes that.What else could cause this horror?No real human would have this kind of evil in his soul.I hope God allowed him to suffer the ultimate of suffering and I know that there's a special place in hell for demons like him.I do hope that he found God first,but if not I won't sweat it at all.He should have gotten the death penalty.I'm very ashamed that my state of Texas didn't take care of business like they should have.I know they didn't have much evidence but with forensics the way they are now I do think something could have been done.We know now that serial killers kill in comfort zones,hell,get out the infrared machines,dogs,etc!Someone needs to find these girls!
  • by amy Location: stockbridge on Sep 21, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    I know first hand he died a very painfull death, and he deserves it. may he rot in hell for all the pain and suffering he caused these familes!!
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Sep 21, 2007 at 04:04 PM
    Well now are tax dollars won't have to keep that murdered housed anymore. It is one less killer we have to support. He is in the place now he belongs and that is rotting in hell for what he has done.
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