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Serial Killer Dies of Cancer
(2007-09-21)
(wgvu) - JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan Department of Corrections
spokesman says confessed serial killer Coral Eugene Watts died
today of apparent prostate cancer.
He was 53.
Watts died in a secure area of Jackson's Foote Hospital.
Watts was sentenced last week to a second life prison sentence
in the slaying of a Western Michigan University student more than
30 years ago.
A jury in July convicted Watts of first-degree murder in the
1974 stabbing death of 19-year-old Gloria Steele. He was convicted
in 2004 for the 1979 killing of 36-year-old Helen Dutcher in
Ferndale.
The Inkster native denied involvement in Steele's death.
He received immunity for 12 other killings to which he had
confessed in Texas and Michigan.
State authorities say Watts may have killed more than 80 women.


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