Childhood Was born in Texas, but spent time with his grandmother when his parents got a divorce in 1955. He had Meningitis and fevers as a child. Coral developed learning disabilities. He enjoyed hunting and skinning rabbits. As a child, Coral would have dreams about women. He would spend most of the night trying to fight the dreams or so called “evil spirits.” In his dreams, he would end up killing the women. One day when he was delivering a paper, he decided to act out on one of his dreams. He was only 15 at the time.
Adult life Coral was arrested as a teen for knocking on an apartment door of a woman, and he attacked her when she opened the door. When the police arrested him, he told them that “He just felt like beating someone up." He was institutionalized in a Detroit hospital. After three months, he was evaluated and was put on an outpatient program. On his final review his doctor, Dr. Ainsworth, said “This patient is a paranoid young man who is struggling for control of strong homicidal impulses. His behavior controls are faulty, and there is a high potential for violent acting out. This individual is considered dangerous." Coral finished high school after he was released from the hospital. He was accepted to Lane College on a football scholarship, but he could not finish his first year due to injuries. Coral had one child with his girlfriend, Delores, but they never married.
Motives Coral Watts is categorized as a thrill killer. A thrill killer is when the killer loves the thrill or experience of killing an individual. In some cases he would stalk his victims. In a thrill killer, it gives them an adrenaline rush. A thrill killer becomes addicted to the adrenaline rush.
Methods and Rituals He used methods of slashing, stabbing, hanging, drowning, asphyxiating, and strangling his victims. Coral would follow his victims before he would attack them.
Profile and Characteristics of Victims Most of his victims were Caucasian women with dark hair. His victims were normally between 17- 30 years old.
Getting Caught The investigators worked on this case for many years. After a long search an ex-girlfriend, Valeria, told investigators that Coral had nightmares, was messy, and would just act very strange. Investigators pulled Coral over for having an expired license and a suspended license. They searched his car and found a dictionary that belonged to Rebecca Huff, a victim that Coral murdered. It was that clue that linked Coral to the murders.
Charges and Sentencing Coral pled guilty to one count of burglary with intent to kill. Coral bargained to receive 60 years in a penitentiary. Before leaving for prison, Coral told an investigator that if he ever got out he would kill again. Coral ended up receiving less than 2 years for each murder. After serving his years in prison, he was put on parole until he died in 2006.
Difficult to Spot Serial killers are normally hard to spot. They are well dressed, polite people. They blend in with society. Serial killers want to gain your trust before they attack. They know how to prowl without being seen, but they normally prowl on the streets, freeways, malls, and sometimes even lurk in churches.
Four types of Serial Killers Crime Scenes Organized Crime Scenes 1. Planned offense 2. Transports body 3. Body hidden 4. Controlled conversation 5. Demands submissive victim 6. Missing weapon or evidence 7. Victim is a targeted stranger 8. Personalizes victim 9. Crime scene reflects control 10. Restraints used 11. Aggressive acts done before death Mixed Crime Scene Shows characteristics from both organized and disorganized crime scenes, could possibly be two offenders, and the scene could possible be staged by the offender.
Four types of Serial Killers Crime Scenes Disorganized Crime Scenes 1. Body left at death scene 2. Spontaneous offense 3. Evidence or weapon present at scene 4. Victim or location known 5. Body left in view 6. Depersonalizes victim 7. Sexual acts after death 8. Minimal conversation 9. Minimal use of restraints 10. Crime scene sloppy 11. Sudden violence to victim Atypical Crime Scene The crime scene cannot be classified by what the police is given. The police will look at previous cases to see if anything matches up. Decomposed remains goes under this crime scene.
What I Learned I learned that you never know who can be a serial killer. At times, they can be “normal” and do every day things, like attend college. I never realized that many serial killers have something wrong with them. It never really occurred to me that they killed so many people because we rarely here about it around this area.