Coral Eugene Watts
Coral Eugene Watts began his known killings when he stabbed and mutilated fellow Western Michigan University student Gloria Steele. Suspected of the crime but never charged, Watts was sent to prison on an unrelated assault just a few days after Steele’s murder and served one year, gaining his release in 1975.
Watts moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and began killing women with regularity and earning the press moniker of “The Sunday Morning Slasher.” His killing were marked by very extreme violence and mulilation. He moved to to Houston, Texas, in 1981 and after committing a few more slayings he was captured after a botched murder attempt on May 23, 1982.
After his arrest Watts agreed to admit to all of his murders in return for a sixty year aggravated burglary sentence. Somehow prosecutors agreed to this deal and Watts admitted to twenty-two killings, revealing for the first time that he would often travel into Detroit and Canada to committ crimes when he lived in Michigan.Authorities believe his total number of kills could be as high as forty women.