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Gabriel Watson
 
 
Tina Watson
 
 

Update: Gabe Watson charged with murder of his wife, pleaded guilty to man slaughter, and was sentenced to one year in prison on June 5, 2009.  

 

Overview:

 

Tina Watson of Birmingham,Alabama was married to her husband Gabriel Watson on October 11, 2003. She died on October 22, 2003 while on a scuba dive with her husband near a shipwreck at Australias Great Barrier Reef.

 

Tina was an inexperienced diver. Gabe Watson was a certified rescue diver. He told police multiple versions of what occurred.

In one of his versions he said he made a decision to race to the surface to get help as she sank to the bottom. His dive meter indicated it took him 3 minutes to surface.

 

While rescuers tried to save her, Gabe Watson waited on another dive boat approximately 100 yards away.

 

Initially ruled an accident, the death was ruled a homicide June 20, 2008 and her husband charged with the crime.

 

Analysis:

 

There is not enough audio from this one police interview to indicate his involvement with certainty in his wifes death. One reversal of note, as he is talking about chasing his panic stricken wife while she kicks to towards the bottom for help, his reversal is about being under suspicion. If he were telling the truth, why would he be having thoughts about his story being suspicious?

 

 

Dateline NBC 5-19-08

 

Click on the reversals to hear the mp3 file.

 

(Taken from Australian police interrogation video.)
I don't know how far as far, you know as how many feet we had actually covered. But at some point I noticed as I was swimming she was dropping down.

Your wife was scared. (Speech reversals occur in the third person.)

 

...but as fast as I was kicking down to go get her she was going down just as fast.

I have suspicion. I know this.

 

...some of the thoughts were going through my head.

I was the one who saw this.

 

He said "I don't have good news. I did everything I could, but we lost her."

I was saying is she really dead?

 

 

If speech reversals are put all together an overall theme can often be noticeable also.

 

Your wife was scared.

 

I have suspicion. I know this.

I was the one who saw this.

 

I was saying is she really dead?

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