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Coral Eugene Watts
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Murderer
    (November 7, 1953-September 21, 2007)
    Born in Fort Hood, Texas
    Birth name was Carl Eugene Watts
    Resided in Michigan and Columbus, Texas
    Sentenced to 60 years imprisonment for burglary with intent to murder (1982)
    Eligibility for prison release was challenged due to his confessions to multiple murders (2004)
    Convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for two murders in Michigan (2004 and 2007)
    Was suspected in the murders of an estimated 80 to over 100 women (1974-1982)
    He changed his name from 'Carl' to 'Coral' as a child because he preferred the 'Coral' pronunciation.
    He received less public recognition than other serial killers such as John Gacy and Ted Bundy, allegedly due to his ethnicity and lack of sexual contact with his victims.
    At age 15, he attacked a woman customer on his paper route to act on a fantasy, and then he continued his route as usual.
    He had several psychiatric hospitalizations during his life, once after attempting suicide, and he was diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia.
    His behavior issues which concerned staff during one hospitalization could not be reported to authorities, due to patient confidentiality policies.
    He targeted women victims specifically whom he claimed to have seen 'evil in their eyes'.
    Authorities began linking him to unsolved murders after he was arrested for breaking into the home of two Texas women and trying to kill them (May 1982).
    He confessed to eleven murders in Texas and one in Michigan in a special plea bargain deal, which some victims' families supported as the only probable method of getting information about unsolved attack and murder cases (August 1982).
    As part of the deal with Texas prosecutors, he pled guilty to one count of burglary with intent to kill and received a 60 year prison sentence, along with immunity for his confessed murders which occurred in Texas.
    His 60 year prison sentence became eligible for reduction to less than 25 years due to mandatory release laws regarding good behavior and an appeals court ruling.
    After making it clear that he would kill again if he ever left prison, authorities looked for possible witnesses in order to attempt a Michigan murder trial which might convict Watts and ensure his continued imprisonment.
    After eyewitness testimony, he was convicted in November 2004 of a 1979 murder which authorities had suspected him of years earlier, but did not charge Watts for because they assumed his 60 year sentence would keep him imprisoned until he was elderly.
    He received his second life imprisonment sentence in July 2007 for a 1974 murder in Michigan.
    He claimed to be an atheist, yet he sometimes attended church and would do strange things to prevent the souls of his victims from haunting him after their deaths.
    He had unusual behavior patterns for a serial killer regarding his victims' wide age ranges, his various killing methods, and his victims being mostly outside his ethnic background.
    His parents divorced when he was very young, and his mother allegedly was abusive.
    He developed meningitis at age eight, which nearly killed him and caused brain damage which induced chronic sleep and learning issues.
    As a child, he was described as polite and soft- spoken.
    As a young adult, he was a successful athlete and Golden Gloves boxer.
    Authorities reported that he did not sexually assault his victims.
    Some of his victims, including the final two, survived their attacks.
    Despite legal loopholes, various authorities attempted to find ways to monitor or stop his behavior.
    He was a model prisoner, which under Texas law made him eligible for three days deduction from his sentence for each one day served with good behavior.
    An appeals court ruled that he had not been informed that a bathtub and water he used to try to drown a victim was considered a deadly weapon.
    If he had not died, his life sentences for the two Michigan murders would have permanently kept him in prison.
    After learning of his death, one of his victim's relatives stated that she hoped Watts made peace with the Lord before he died.

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