Carl Eugene Watts
This predator who effortlessly took the lives of more than eighty women has long been punished,
however, the torment, love lost, friends gone; one thing remains that these women, they will
never be forgotten.
Carl Eugene Watts was born in Fort Hood, Texas on November 7th 1953. His parents divorced in
1955. Two years old, his mother moves to Detroit. Carl grows up with his grandmother.
As a child Carl had meningitis, which prompts high fevers. As a result, Carl developed leaning
He was described as being a soft-spoken and polite young man. He had as well, an athletic
ability. He also participated in the Golden Gloves program. He was considered academically
By the age of fifteen, it was all about to change. While doing his paper route, he knocked on a
door of an apartment building and attacked her when she opened the door. When he was arrested
for this crime, he told the officer “ I just felt like beating someone up.”
By September 1969, Watts was institutionalized in a hospital in Detroit. He was evaluated and
placed on an out patient program by Dr. Gary Anisworth. The doctor stated “ 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
He continued high school after his release from the hospital. He was involved in sports as well as
declining in his academics. He was reported to be a drug user, a loner, and often disciplined at
school for his violent behaviors with female classmates.
He was accepted to Lane College in a football scholarship. Due to injuries, he was unable to
compete his first year. He then went home to Detroit.
He went back to college after being accepted to into a special scholarship and mentoring
program at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Watts was re-evaluated at the out
patient facility and again found that he was still a danger.
The murdering tirade is now beginning. On October 25th 1975, a woman by the name of Lenore
Knizacky was attacked by a man saying he was looking for Charles. This woman survived and
later picked Watts out of a line up. Oct 30th, Gloria Steel, nineteen, stabbed thirty wounds to her
chest. November 12th, Diane Williams survived and managed to see his car and make a report.
Coral was picked out of a line up by Kinzacky and Williams and was arrested on assault and
battery charges. He admitted to attacking 15 females. He refused to talk about the Steele murder.
He had another evaluation, being court ordered before his trial. The evaluation was at the Center
for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann Arbor. Being described as dangerous and most likely to attack
again. He was found competent to stand trial. He was diagnosed with social personality disorder.
He pled no contest. He received one year for the assault and battery charges. Never was charged
in the murder of Gloria Steele. June 1976 he was out of jail and went home to his mother.
April, 1980, Ann Arbor police, forty miles west of Detroit, were called to the home of seventeen year old Shirley Small. She had been attacked, repeatedly cut with what they think was a scalpel.
She bled to death where she fell on the sidewalk. Glenda Richmond, 26, found by her doorway.
Twenty eight stab wounds. Rebecca Greer, 20, stabbed fifty-four times.
A task force was formed at this time. With which, the evidence, was nil to none. They had none.
no witnesses or evidence.
At this time Carl was working with this step-father at a trucking company. He had a child. He
would later meet a woman that he would later marry.
July 1980, Irene Knodratowiz, 22, lived after having her throat slashed. Sandra Dalpe, 20, lived
after being stabbed from behind. Mary Angus, 30, escaped by screaming when she realized...
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