By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
Old-fashioned justice: After reading the story on Coral Eugene Watts ("Evil Eyes," by Glenna Whitley, June 19), all I can say to the women of Texas is to go and get your concealed handgun permit and a .38 snub-nosed revolver, and do it before 2006! It's obvious the legal channels are not working for what's right in this situation. Someone out there is going to have to--unfortunately and probably--take care of the Coral Watts problem the old-fashioned way: a bullet between the eyes.
Stop the carnage: Excellent article by Glenna Whitley; however, there are several points of clarification concerning the mandatory release laws.
Mandatory release was enacted in 1977, not 1972. The law allowed the release of any felon, including violent ones. The law was revised in 1987 to eliminate most violent felons. In 1995, the mandatory release law was abolished and made discretionary for all offenders. Victims rights advocates attempted several times to make the new mandatory law retroactive to keep offenders like Watts from being automatically released, but we were waylaid by the U.S. Supreme Court in a similar decision involving the state of Florida's attempts to prevent felons from automatic release.
Coral Eugene Watts will be this nation's first serial killer ever to be legally released. We have less than three years to prevent this killing machine from wreaking his carnage on the human race.
I would strongly urge your readers to join our efforts to prevent this storm from landing. Please visit our Web site, www.murdervictims.com, to see how you can help us. We will also be hosting a benefit on July 24 in Houston to address Watts' upcoming release.
Mayor's Crime Victims Director
Editor's note: Mr. Kahan is correct; mandatory release was enacted in 1977. We regret the error.
Gripping: All I can say is "wow." What a gripping article. You should start work on the screenplay or the book right away.
Behind bars forever: I am a University of North Texas journalism student and was really impressed with your story. I can't believe I have never heard of this horrible killer before and just wanted to say that I think it is really important that as many people as possible know about him because of his possible release (which is UNBELIEVABLE!!). Thanks so much for bringing this story to the public.
Curse of Wendy Reves
How 'bout a villa sale: I agree with you about the Wendy Reves "rooms" at the Dallas Museum of Art ("Renoir the Pinhead," by Christine Biederman, June 19). I never got the idea behind it. Well, I did understand the $ angle. To me it seemed so silly to waste such a large area on somebody's knickknacks. How many traveling shows do we miss because of that clutter? Maybe the DMA could have a "villa sale" and get rid of the stuff. I hear they have a lot of paintings in storage. Let's see them for a change.
No Booze Is Good News
All-ages night: Aden Holt is really onto something. There should be more all-ages shows in Deep Ellum to generate more interest in local music (Scene, Heard, by Zac Crain, June 19). The younger (16 to 18 years old) crowd has the enthusiasm and dedication upcoming bands need to really thrive. I would like to see an all-ages day where most if not all Deep Ellum venues have an all-ages show going. Make it a Monday or something when nothing else is going on, and start getting the younger fans more exposed to local music. How hard can it be? No alcohol sales is the only excuse a club can offer for not hosting an all-ages show, but how much booze is sold on a Monday anyway?
Greed: I enjoyed the article ("What's Left of the Dial," by Robert Wilonsky, June 19) and thought it was at least somewhat hopeful. However, honestly, do you really see any chance of radio surviving as a "vital" medium until something happens to Clear Channel and the Republican administration? I do not. This administration has shown an astounding amount of arrogance and flat-out greed.
Angry in Whitewright: Mr. Hathaway's misunderstanding (Letters, June 12) of the gist of Carlton Stowers' feature story "Shot In the Dark" (June 11) revealed that he must be unaware that thousands of police officers across this country are personally laboring under restraining orders at this very moment, that countless other ordinary citizens (primarily men) are doing the same and that our judicial system used a scarcely known amendment to the Brady Bill to subvert a prior Texas state court acquittal to bring Richard Hicks to his knees. Fifteen years in a federal prison is hardly an appropriate punishment for the minor offense of going hog hunting with family members during the duration of a restraining order. Fifteen years for a murder he did not commit. Fifteen years was the payoff to local law enforcement who, unwittingly, thought they had their man but didn't...so they saved face at Richard Hicks' expense.