“I figured I’d just do everybody a favor”: California inmate beats 2 child molesters to death with a cane

by Peter Heck · Feb 15th, 2021 12:48 pm
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Last Updated Feb 17th, 2021 at 12:50 am

Jonathan Watson, a 41-year-old California prison inmate serving a life sentence for murder, has confessed to beating two child molesters to death with a cane while in prison. The inmate said in his letter that he had urgently warned his prison counselor that he might become violent, but the therapist apparently did not take it seriously.

A resident of California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Watson said he clubbed both David Bobb, 48, and Graham De Luis-Conti, 62, in the head. Both men, who were serving life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, died as a result of the attacks.

Just days before, Watson said a "careless" security mistake transferred him from a single-person cell to a dormitory pod. While there, he said a child molester moved into the pod and began watching children's television programming just to taunt fellow inmates.

After losing sleep over his desire to attack the known child molesters, he told a prison counselor to transfer him back to a single cell, "before I really **** one of these dudes up." The counselor, he said, "scoffed and dismissed" his request.

"I was mulling it all over when along came Molester #1 and he put his TV right on PBS Kids again," Watson wrote in his confession letter. "But this time, someone else said something to the effect of 'Is this guy really going to watch this right in front of us?' and I recall saying, 'I got this.' And I picked up the cane and went to work on him."

As Watson left the scene to turn himself in to a guard, he ran into, "a known child trafficker, and I figured I'd just do everybody a favor."

He expressed that he finds himself in a "unique position" as someone already serving a life sentence.

"Trust me," he wrote of how many fellow prisoners view child molesters, "we get it, these people are every parents' worst nightmare."

Watson is currently under investigation but has yet to be charged.


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