Child Molestation / William R. Watkins

Child Molestation / William R. Watkins

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RRW

Marietta, GA

#1 Jan 6, 2008
I would like to encourage any young lady, girl, or even woman that was ever been touched inappropriately by William "Bill" Watkins to please contact Det. Howe, and please let your voice be heard.
I am a victim of his from over 20 years ago, and even though it is difficult reliving those awful memories... it is worth it to know that this monster will never harm another child. If released from jail he will continue to hurt little girls, leaving them with nothing more than a empty feeling of shame, and embarrassment.
Please if you, or someone you know has a story now is the time for your voice to be heard.
Thank you
RRW
DMK

United States

#2 Jan 10, 2008
I met Bill Watkins back in 2005 when he cut my hair from his basement hair salon. At the time, I was 35 years old. Bill was eccentric, small in stature, and sported a mullet. My first impression of him was that he was gay. He did a good job on my haircut, but while he was cutting, he'd lay his comb and scissors on my chest, and he brushed against my breasts a few times with his hand or wrist while grabbing a brush or comb. I didn't think anything of it because my husband was there watching and again, I thought Bill was gay.
I do recall seeing the pictures on his wall of him dressed up as Beetlejuice. I thought it was kind of cool at the time.
I don't consider this behavior horrendous but it was inappropriate and I never went back to him.
Marcia Miller

Lees Summit, MO

#3 Jan 18, 2008
Bill has cut my hair for 19 years. I have never had a creepy feeling or had an inappropiate conversation with him. He always had fun and glowing reports of his children and was involved with their education and social lifes. I'm shocked at these charges against him.
KTD

Kansas City, MO

#4 Jan 23, 2008
He did my hair when I was a teenager, I used to go to Prime Cuts on 35th Street. I stopped going because the last time I was there he brushed my breasts with his hand, and I told myself it was an accident, he was in such close proximity while doing my hair, but it just didn't seem accidental, and I never went back. Does anyone know if his parents are still alive? I knew his mother, and she was such a sweet woman, I feel so sorry for her if she is alive and finding out her son is a monster.
RRW

Marietta, GA

#5 Jan 23, 2008
I do not know if his Mother is still living, but my Aunt is good friends still with his sister... I will find out and post it.
RRW

Marietta, GA

#6 Jan 23, 2008
I remember helping him when he was first setting up Prime Cuts on 35th Street. He had been molesting me for about a year at that point. Sick Excuse for a Man
KTD

Kansas City, MO

#7 Jan 25, 2008
It sickens me to know that I was that close to a child molester for years and I had no idea!
Michelle

Olathe, KS

#8 Jan 29, 2008
Bill was my hairdresser for years when he was located at Prime Cuts when I was a young girl. Luckily he never did anything inappropriate to me. To this day if I didn't know about all of this, he is the only person I would ever trust to give me a perm. I found someone cheaper to go to and didn't like the way he would cut my hair to a point in the back, but never said anything. I was extremely shocked when a friend of mine called me and told me about it. To be honest I really didn't believe it at first. After looking things up on here and seeing the horrible details I knew it was true. It's very scary considering my Grandma and I trusted him so much that she would even leave me with him alone when she had to run some errands and I was getting a perm which took quite a while. I babysat his boys for him once. Heck I even had my 12th or 13th Birthday at his salon where several of my friends came and he and another girl did our hair and makeup. I knew his wife was younger (20 years) but I always just thought of Bill as the goofy harmless pothead that stuck his tongue out when cutting hair and cut it with your hair flipped over your head. I never would imagine him being capable of such horrible crimes. He and his family live right down the street from us. I did notice a big dumpster there the other day though and have a feeling his wife and kids are moving. I can only imagine how humiliated and hurt they are by his actions. My heart goes out to his family and victims.
AJY

Grain Valley, MO

#9 Jan 31, 2008
I remember Billy Watkins on my school bus. He was a few years older than me. He made comments to girls on the bus which made us all feel uncomfortable. He gave me the creeps then, and does to this day. My neice is a victim of his abuse, and I hope he goes to prison and gets what he has coming to him. May his cell mates show him no mercy.
Doug

Blue Springs, MO

#10 Feb 6, 2008
I was there when Bill was arrested, in the middle of a cut at 430pm on Thursday, the 20th of December. Bill asked if I would stay after the cut, watch his youngest son so Bill could take the oldest son Christmas shopping. Bill was going to let me move into the room behind the salon before the end of the new year. He was smiling at me, bragging about a beautiful new sports car he was going to buy soon. He had said someone was coming over to buy his van, which Bill was selling, and was to be there soon, and for either of his boys to let him know when they had arrived. One of his sons did so, then Bill went upstairs. I was pacing the floor smoking a cigarette for a few minutes, when an Indepnence PD officer turns the stairway corner entrance into the salon from the house, his gun pointed at me, saying hands up and all that everyones seen zillion times. I was frisked, but was standing there with my hair parted to one side, the cutting apron draping over me from my neck. Bill only finished less than half my cut. Sure glad I didnt pay up front. Asking if ayone else was down there with me, began the twenty question about what I was doing there and how I knew Bill. No way in hell I was gonna tell them I was about to move in really soon. I knew Bill did tweek from time to time, and figured that must be what this bust was all for. His 2 boys were there, the older one crying out to Bill. I was standing there in his driveway, him hands cuffed,behind a police car, looking at him, wondering what he had been up to for all this commotion that was suddenly going on, I mean suddenly there were several law enforcement cars swarming the place. I was floored to see his face on the 9 o' clock news, 4 minutes into the newscast naming the charges against him. The only Bill that I knew was a guy that impressed me as a man who was really into being a good father. I have a 2 1/2 year old son who I would have left Bill alone with without thought. I would just like to talk to the people I knew thru Bill. Mike, John, Michelle, his sister, who I wanted to teach me pottery. I saw the dumpster there the other week, too, its like he's been lifted off the planet. I had to go interview with a detective for Independence PD, who said that Bill was staying at the Jackson Co. Jailhouse. Fitting, I suppose, but I'm just glad my son and I were not living there already when all this happened. Even sadder, for his 2 sons, who loved to play with my son, and he, them. Now they have neither parent.
Jess

AOL

#11 Feb 11, 2008
To The person who said his wife & kids are moving out: his wife & him were not together just him & the boys lived there. Bill was my hairdresser for about 2years, does anyone know where his ex is now?
KSB

United States

#12 Feb 12, 2008
Bills boys are doing great. They are with there mother. Bill has a court date 2-13 to set the trial date. Will keep you posted,
Deb

Kansas City, MO

#13 Feb 24, 2008
I was wondering if there was anyone else out there that has received a letter from Bill from jail?
KSB

United States

#14 Feb 25, 2008
Deb wrote:
I was wondering if there was anyone else out there that has received a letter from Bill from jail?
Deb were you a friend of bills? Or did he do your hair? I think he has triede to write everyone who might listen to his BULLSHIT. I am interested in what he had to say, if you would like to share.
tcb

Blue Springs, MO

#15 Feb 26, 2008
I have known Bill for over 30 years. I met him in 1976 when he moved back from LA. I knew his younger bother. His brother introduced us and we started dating. I was 17 and I think he was 22. He hadn't even started cosmetology school...he just talked about it. Once he started school we broke up. Over the last 30 years he has cut my hair off and on. I remember when he told me that he was going to be a father...and then he told me how old his girlfriend was...I almost choked...but when they got married...he seemed happy...
When his first child was born he seemed like such a proud papa...then #2 came. All he talked about was his boys...I really thought he was a good father and a good person...when really he was just a good salesman.
Even though it was over 30 years ago...i wish I would have not bought into his bullshit when I was 17...but then again...I was at least 17...not 7.
I'm still horrified that he committed all of those acts and changed so many lives. I hope he gets what he deserves...in this life and the next.
Has a trial date been set?
j-dog

Kansas City, MO

#16 Mar 7, 2008
stop playing,some of you knew what bill was doing or at least had some idea.just like i read some of you were touched in the wrong places by bill.this has been going on for a while this stuff did not just start its been going on for a long time and some of you know it.All of this stuff about how good bill is and OH i didnt know ,yes you did and a lot of you did nothing. just remember this if bill ever gets out bill is going to STILL BE BILL
Clg

United States

#17 Mar 14, 2008
I was a friend of bill's ex-girlfriend(they were never "legall" married)for many years and still am,doug i know your girlfriend i would like to get in touch with her. i recieved the news the five minutes before the news cast and was horrified by the news. i hope he becomes someones little girl in prison!
mew

Kansas City, MO

#18 Mar 15, 2008
If somebody did know what was going on I wish they would have turned him in,he offended two of my 7yr old niece's,I hope and pray to god they get him in prison,Does anybody know where he is going or is?And what else I want to know is if he has done this before why wasnt he charged?
Doug

United States

#19 Mar 24, 2008
Clg: You can reach Natalie by emailing me at: [email protected]

I don't want to give out her personal info on this site, but if you email me, I can get you in touch with her.
Michelle

Kansas City, MO

#20 Mar 24, 2008
Okay well as I said I hadn't seen him in a few years, I just automatically assumed that he and his wife or girlfriend (mother of the boys) were still together. J-dog, not all of us were victims of his, and of course it comes as a shock. However that doesn't make him innocent in our eyes by any means. Anyways I'm glad to hear the boys are doing good....

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