A inmate accused of beating two convicted child molesters to death with a cane last month has publicly admitted to the killings, explaining his motive behind the murders and claiming that he had given prison officials plenty of advance warning that the attacks would occur.
Jonathan Watson, 41, confessed to murdering David Bobb, 48, and Graham DeLuis-Conti, 62, on January 16 at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in the small Central Valley city of Corcoran in a letter to the Mercury News.
The impetus for Watson’s rage was when the inmate saw one of the convicted sex offenders watching a children’s television show.
Watson wrote that hours before attacking both men, he told a counselor at the prison that he wanted to be transferred, adding that the request was “urgent” and that he would soon attack an inmate but said that the warning was ignored. After the first attack, Watson said he was surprised at the lack of response from guards, so he singled out a second “child trafficker” and began beating him. Authorities were unaware of either homicide until Watson located a guard and led him to the bloody scene.
Bobb died later that day while DeLuis-Conti died three days later.
Both men had been serving life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14. Watson himself is serving a life sentence for a 2009 murder conviction.
In his letter, Watson said that after warning the counselor he might turn violent, he returned to his pod. “I was mulling it all over when along came Molester #1 and he put his TV right on PBS Kids again,” he wrote. “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.”
Afterwards, Watson said he left the pod to find a guard and turn himself in. On the way, he encountered his second victim and decided to kill again. “As I got to the lower tier, I saw a known child trafficker, and I figured I’d just do everybody a favor,” Watson wrote. “In for a penny, in for a pound.”