But within no time, there was news of women being stalked, attacked, and even murdered. CRIMES COMMITTED: Coral began his life as a serial killer when he was 20 years old in 1974. He used to kidnap his victims from their homes, and then after torturing them, used to kill them brutally. His victims were usually women of the ages between 14 and 44, and were mostly white. On October 25, 1974, there was a knock on the door of a 23 year old Lenore Knizacky. On opening the door, she found a young black man standing there; he asked for someone named Charles.
Soon the man started to strangle her, but she was able to free herself. She called the police but they were unable to detain him. Gloria Steele a 20 year old girl was believed to be the second victim of Coral. She was murdered on October 30, the same year in Kalamazoo. There was a knock at her door too, and the same black man was standing, and asked for someone named Charles. The stranger attacked Steele with a knife and stabbed her to death.
The same man was found to attack another woman at her apartment on November 12, 1974. She was lucky enough to escape and got a chance to note the assailant’s car number plate. After an initial investigation, the police found the car to have been belonged to Carl Eugene Watt. Coral was arrested in December that year, when the two women who were attacked but escaped, identified him. Coral divulged to a dozen other attacks on women, but never confessed to the killing of Gloria Steele.
He was then sent to a psychiatrist for treatment and assessment before appearing in the court. He was never convicted for the murder of Steele because there was not enough evidence. He was officially assessed in the summer of 1975 and sentenced for one year in jail; and was released in the summer of 1976. The psychiatric evaluation revealed that Coral felt no guilt for his crimes and did not have any sort of emotional feelings. However, he did not suffer from any sort of psychological disorder and was able to differentiate between wrong and right.
Although Coral murdered several women between 1974 and 1982, the police was unable to convict him for eight years, because there was no evidence on any of the crime scenes. His crimes were not sexually motivated and were done in many different areas and even states. He was not even a suspect for any of the murders and was not involved with any of the victims. Coral married a woman named Valeria in 1979. They broke up only six months later.
Years after, Valeria while talking to the police admitted that Coral was an extreme violent person.
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