Some things don’t get better with age

John Watson, 67, and his wife Everilda Watson, 50, decided to take a trip to Las Vegas in July. When the vacation was over, he returned to their home alone.

Watson reportedly said that he had last seen his wife July 12, that the two argued and that she left him- he thought she left for good.

Everilda Watson’s children were concerned about their mother and her whereabouts. On July 15 they reported her missing. Police began an investigation.

During their investigation they say they found large amounts of blood in the Jeep Cherokee belonging to the couple. They say they also found that Watson had purchased an electric saw, bleach, odor absorbent trash bags, and other items. According to reports they also believe that Watson rented other hotel rooms besides the room he shared with his wife, and that he checked into one of those rooms on July 12 wearing a wig and fake mustache. Those rooms were paid for in cash. Everilda Watson’s blood was reportedly found in the shower drain. A search of the couple’s home found some trash bags and a utility knife. Police say both had Everilda Watson’s blood on them.

No sign of Everilda Watson, has been found. But police say they believe they know what happened. In August they moved to arrest Watson for the murder of his wife. And police say when they arrested him, he was found about to board a bus to El Paso, Texas. They say he had a ticket to El Paso and was also in possession of a disguise when he was arrested. Also in his possession was several thousand dollars and a false ID.

They charged John Watson with the kidnapping and murder of Everilda Watson. Police say they believe that Watson murdered her and then dismembered her body. At Watson’s initial court appearance he showed up in a wheelchair. And besides the usual court business, he reportedly made several complaints about his treatment.

At a recent hearing, Watson appeared without the wheelchair. At that hearing he was also charged with using a gun in the murder and charged with robbery, of her cell phone, credit cards, and wedding ring.

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Many people seem to be of an opinion that if there is no body a crime cannot be proven. And at one time that may have been true. However, more and more through forensics police are able to prove foul play. And once that is proven, a body is not always needed to prosecute.

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Point Blank

Rebecca Ann Wilson, 24, was driving into her apartment complex yesterday about 1 pm, when two gunshots went through the front window of her vehicle. Authorities say she was shot point blank in the face and chest. Witnesses who saw the shooting have stated the weapon used was a shotgun, and that after the shooting the man gunman then drove slowly away.

The witness contacted police. Rebecca Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene. Police began looking for her ex-husband Dale Ray Wilson, 28, and they spotted his car at his place of employment.

Police attempted to make contact with Wilson, but they report the building was locked. Police blocked the street and a standoff began. A SWAT team and the bomb squad were called in. Several hours into the standoff Wilson reportedly called a local TV station. He reportedly told them he was upset with his ex-wife because she wouldn’t let him see his children. The standoff lasted for almost eight hours before Wilson surrendered to police at 9:45 pm.

Police have said the couple were estranged, but they were not sure if they were divorced or not. Neighbors have said Rebecca Wilson’s two children were not at home at the time of the shooting, and police have said the children were not harmed and they are now with relatives.

Dale Wilson was arrested and will face first degree murder charges.

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It always amazes me when a parent uses the fact that they were not getting visitation as an excuse for murder. I understand the anger it causes. I understand the frustration. But not the murder.

If she was alive there would always be the hope that she would begin allowing the visitation. But even if she had never allowed the visitation, at some point the children would turn 18 years old. If he kept track of the children, contact with them could be made at that time. But by committing murder and if he is convicted, he ensured that when they turn 18 he will be locked away from them, and with the knowlege that he had murdered their mother- that lessens the chance that he will ever be able to reestablish a relationship with them.

In addition, he left the children with no parent available to care for them, no parent to comfort them over the loss of their mother. He left them with the memory of a funeral, right before Christmas and a lifetime of Christmas’s remembering what happened this year. Likely  some member of the family will step forward and take the children and love them. But no amount of love and care will be able to erase the fact that their  mother is dead at the hands of their father. Or to make up for the fact that their father is unavailable to them.

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Initially identified as Dale Ray Wilson, the suspect’s name is actually Del Ray Wilson. Rebecca Wilson’s age which was given as 24, was said to actually be 23.

Rebecca Wilson was granted a restraining order on Sept. 25 after she told the court “He accused me of cheating and beat me up and put me in the hospital,”  “He has said many times before he would kill me if I left, the last time was about a month ago.”

Four times over the following weeks he was charged with violating that order. In November Rebecca Wilson requested the order be modified to incude her children. She stated he was using the children to get in touch with her and was asking them about where she lived. The modification was granted. According to his family the last time he had seen his children was on Halloween night.

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