Coral’s Childhood• At the age of two Coral’s parents unhappy relationship led to a divorce which cause his mother to move him and his sister to Inkster Michigan.• In 1962 Coral’s mother married an Inkster Mechanic and the couple had two more children.• Coral had a difficult time adjusting to this because he did not like his stepfather.• At the age of 8 Coral developed meningitis which almost killed him.• The meningitis caused Coral brain damage and made him miss an entire year of school which he was held back to make up what he missed.• It was never clear whether his poor performance in the classroom was cause by brain damage or chronic sleeping problems he developed after his illness.• Coral began having very violent dreams that disturbed his sleeping patterns.• He was restless at night because he would spend the night fighting off the evil spirits of women and in fact was trying to kill them.• A normal person would find these as nightmares but Coral said he enjoyed the dreams• At the age of 15 Coral felt the urge to act upon his dreams and beat up a women by the name of Joan Gave while doing his paper route and went on like it never happened.• Shortly after the incident Coral was arrested and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.• Coral would return back to a clinic 9 times after his initial evaluation.
Coral’s Adult Life• Coral Graduated high school at the age of 19 and although his academic performance was poor he excelled in sports.• Athletics were an acceptable way of helping Watt’s release his pent up aggression.• He became a star football player and performed even better at boxing earning the status of a golden glove fighter.• Even with low grades Coral received a football scholarship to Lane College in Jacksonville Tennessee.• Coral would only stay in college for a few months before suffering some minor leg injuries and returning home to his mother.• After working for a Detroit wheel company for a year Coral enrolled at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.• Soon after enrolling at Western Michigan a rash of attacks began to plague the area around campus and several would end in murder.• Coral would be sentenced to one year in prison for some of the assaults and not long after getting out he began dating a women named Delores.• The Couple had a child together but never got married due to there split.• Coral went on to marry a women named Valeria in 1979 but there marriage only lasted 6 months.
Gloria SteeleThe first of many women killed by Coral Watts.
WHY AND HOW!• Motives? • Methods and Rituals? – Spirits of evil women – Stab to death in chest attacking him with knife – Wanted revenge for the spirits – Knock them unconscious – It made him feel good to kill then drown them in the tub – Many of the Murders occurred on Sunday Morning.
Characteristics:Women betweenthe ages of 14 – 35.:The Women livedby there selves orthere were no menbesides himaround during themurder.
Finally Found!• One of the many factors leading to Coral being caught were all the assault charges he had against women.• Two policeman caught him stalking a women in Ann Harbor at 5 am.• Coral was put under round the clock surveillance and a tracking device was hidden under his car.• Coral eventually admitted to attacking 19 women and killing 13 of them.• After that he admitted to killing 80 more women in Michigan and Canada.
Charges and Sentencing!• Coral pled guilty only to one count of burglary with intent to kill.• His initial sentence was 60 years in the penitentiary.• He died in Prison in 2007 serving two life sentences.
Elena Semander, and Linda Tilley2 Women also killed by Coral Watts
Additional Questions• Why are serial killers so difficult to spot? – Serial Killers know what they are doing when it comes to leaving little or no evidence at he seen so that’s why its difficult to spot. List the characteristics that make up the four types of serial killer crime scenes? -Organized crime scene : Planned offence, Hide body ect… -Disorganized crime scene : Spontaneous offence, Body left at scene ect… -Mixed crime scene : Characteristics of both scenes -Atypical crime scene : Scene where the data can not be classified What are the most surprising pieces of information you learned from doing this web quest? - I was really surprised this man got away with over 60 of the murders he committed.