David Gabriel Watson
David Gabriel Watson ignored rule #2 in the “So You’re Getting Married – haha SUCKER!” handbook.
Rule #2 reads – Don’t ask your fiance to increase his or her life insurance. It could leave either your fiance or the authorities to believe that you are trying to kill your soon-to-be spouse.
And that’s just what happened to David Gabriel Watson. Mr. Watson, who lost his wife, 26-year-old fashion model Christina Mae Watson, in a tragic scuba-diving accident 11 days after they were married, has been accused of helping along the incident – making it somewhat less accidental than it may have first appeared.
David Gabriel Watson, a certified rescue diver, suggested to his wife that they go scuba diving on their honeymoon. New bride Christina, who according to her father, Tommy Thomas, was asked by David Gabriel Watson to both increase her life insurance payout amount and to change the police to make him the sole beneficiary, thought that diving in Australia was a fantastic idea.
And it is, really. Don’t get me wrong – Australia is a beautiful land, despite having a ton of venomous, carnivorous animals in the air, land and sea that are anxious to eat humans and carry off their babies.
Maybe Christina Watson had some niggling little thought in the back of her head that something was weird about the request by Gabriel, because according to her father she decided to lie to her new husband and pretend that she had made the life insurance policy changes.Well, the day of the dive came – the 22nd of October, 2003. Everyone was having a good time at the group dive around the picturesque shipwreck, and then this happened. Over there to the left, you’ll see Christina Mae Watson, resting peacefully on the ocean floor.
According to David Gabriel Watson, his wife had some problem with her equipment during the dive and panicked. When he went to help her, she knocked his face mask off and pulled the regulator out of his mouth. David Gabriel Watson told authorities that he had then let go of his wife while trying to put his mask back on but by the time he had recovered, Christina Watson had been swept away in strong currents.
David Gabriel Watson left his wife while she was sinking, and, according to witnesses, took a leisurely swim to the surface to alert the dive staff that something was wrong. Gabriel Watson told the crew that his wife had sunk to the bottom, with her arms stretched out towards him…as if begging him to save her.
A dive leader spotted Christina Watson lying on the sea floor a few minutes after David Gabriel Watson surfaced and swam down to pull her to a supporting boat. By the time the dive leader had reached her, Christina was unconscious. He pulled her to the surface, but the two doctors aboard the support boat were unable to revive her.
David Gabriel Watson tried to explain what happened to the police, which was complicated because Gabriel Watson kept changing his story. Which one was it, Gabriel? Was your wife caught in a strong current? Did she panic and pass out? Did you have ear problems which kept you, a certified rescue diver, from rescuing your new bride? Did she just sink too quickly for you to catch up?
There were a few other problems that the police had with David Gabriel Watson’s story. Mr. Watson said that he “rocketed to the top” to raise the alarm. The dive leaders’ account of Gabriel’s swimming differed slightly, describing Mr. Watson’s ascent to the surface as “pedestrian and controlled”.
An autopsy found there was no obvious medical cause for Christina Watson’s death, and that her dive equipment was not found to be faulty.
In an attempt to get the money that he felt he deserved, David Gabriel Watson went to court against the travel agency that arranged the trip, Getaway of Birmingham, Alabama, and travel insurers Old Republic Insurance Co and Travelex Insurance Services. David Gabriel Watson was looking for a travel insurance payout, along with compensation for “mental anguish.”
The insurers, being in the insurance business, wanted to delay the case as much as they could while police investigations continued, arguing that they were not required to pay policy holders who are suspected of committing a crime to gain a payout.
In court documents, David Gabriel Watson’s lawyers, who aren’t in it for the money at all, stated:
There is absolutely no evidence that the plaintiff is in any way implicated in this ongoing criminal investigation.
This sort of ignored the fact that in 2004, David Gabriel Watson was, in an e-mail from the Helena police department to one of the insurance companies that David Watson was fighting with, officially referred to as being a murder suspect:
Mr. Watson is suspected in the death of his wife while on a diving trip to Australia last year.
In 2007, Australian police took papers and a computer from the Alabama home of David Gabriel Watson, but delayed filing charges against Mr Watson, whom they then described as a witness, not a suspect
On the 20th of June, 2008, David Gabriel Watson was charged with murder after David Glasgow, the Queensland, Australia coroner finally ruled that there were suspicious circumstances to Christina Watson’s death. A warrant was issued for Gabriel Watson’s arrest and prosecutors are preparing an application for his extradition from the United States.
According to witness statements, David Gabriel Watson was seen embracing his wife underwater for a minute or so before they separated and David swam to the surface. The official theory that police believe and that prosecutors will try to prove is that David Gabriel Watson turned off the air supply on his wife’s equipment until Christina was dead, or nearly dead, then turned it back on and let her sink to the seabed.
Kind of a gruesome way to go, really.
David Gabriel Watson and his lawyers are determined to fight extradition from the United States, claiming that Australians cannot be trusted to hold a fair and impartial trial due to the extensive media coverage of the case.
Does Daniel Gabriel Watson deserve Hell?
- Yes (95%, 402 Votes)
- No (5%, 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 422
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