Real Name: Robert Gerald Watson
Aliases: Robert Watson
Wanted For: Abduction, Rape and Escape
Missing Since: April 4, 1990
Details: On March 1, 1990, thirty-four-year-old truck driver Robert Watson was arrested in Morristown, Tennessee for abduction and rape. He had several years of previous arrests for sexual assaults and other felonies. He was taken to Hamblen County Jail to await extradition back to Ohio for trial. Early in the morning on April 4, Watson and two other inmates were assigned to clean a common room known as the "Slam Area". At 2AM, Deputy Fred Kimbrough and a jail trustee were in an adjacent hallway when the three inmates signaled that their work was finished. The inmates attacked Kimbrough and the trustee. During the struggle, the button was pushed to open the jail's automatic doors to the outside. Kimbrough overpowered one of the inmates, but Watson and inmate Christopher Williams escaped.
Later that day, Williams was apprehended in the area. Watson, however, made a clean getaway. In addition to rape and kidnapping, he is wanted for questioning regarding a series of murders in Ohio along interstate highways during the last decade.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the Special Live Edition on November 25, 1992.
It is believed that the murders mentioned are the Ohio Prostitute Murders, which were featured in the February 19, 1992 episode.
Results: Captured. A viewer tip led to Watson's arrest in a remote area of Monroe County, Tennessee on July 2, 1993. On July 9, he was returned to Ashland County, Ohio to stand trial on charges of rape, kidnapping, assault, and menace. On October 1, he was convicted on all counts and given a ten to twenty-five year sentence. Watson was questioned regarding the prostitute murders, but he was never charged in any of the cases.
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