Mass Murderer in Kalamazoo
Coral Eugene Watts
9 of 12-60?-80? Victims
KALAMAZOO, Michigan: Jurors convicted a confessed serial killer of first-degree murder in the 1974 slaying of a 19-year-old Western Michigan University student. Coral Eugene Watts, who claims to have stabbed more than a dozen women to death but denied killing WMU student Glorida Steele, faces a mandatory life prison sentence after Friday’s verdict. Steele was stabbed more than 30 times in the apartment she shared with her 3-year-old daughter in 1974. Watts, of Inkster, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) west-southwest of Detroit, already is serving a life sentence for the 1979 murder of Helen Dutcher in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale. Watts, 53, received immunity for the 12 killings to which he has confessed, including 11 in Texas and one in Michigan, as part of a 1982 deal with Texas prosecutors.
at Mich. hospital Friday
September 21, 2007
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) – Michigan prison officials say confessed Texas serial killer Coral Eugene Watts died Friday at a hospital of apparent prostate cancer.
Watts was 53.
Watts last week was sentenced to a second life prison sentence in the slaying a Western Michigan University student more than three decades ago.
Watts over the years had confessed to eleven killings in Texas and one in Michigan.
Michigan, Texas and Canadian authorities had suspected Watts in the slaying of dozens of women.