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An escaped prisoner described as "extremely dangerous" was captured after he was spotted on security cameras outside a home in Henning, Tennessee at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Curtis Watson, 44, an inmate at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary, was on a work detail when he escaped on a tractor. The tractor was later found abandoned about a mile from the facility.

Watson is accused of murdering Debra K. Johnson on Wednesday in her home, located on the prison grounds. She was the West Tennessee administrator for the Department of Corrections.

Johnson, 64, was found with a cord wrapped around her neck. She was sexually assaulted and her home was burglarized, according to an affidavit.

Johnson was an employee of the state for 38 years, serving as a sergeant, deputy warden, then prison warden. In her position as correctional administrator, she oversaw all prisons in the western region of the state, officials said.

After Johnson’s body was discovered in her home, the prison was placed on lockdown and officials determined Watson was missing.

Early Sunday morning, a couple spotted Watson on security cameras lurking outside their rural Henning, TN home. Law enforcement officers arrived within 30 minutes and swarmed the property conducting a search until they found him hiding.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation fielded 480 tips from the public after the reward money for Watson's capture increased from $32,500 to $52,000.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I don’t want tew even imagine what this poor woman last hours were like. I hope she is Resting In Peace

  • Chocolate

    Wtf?!

  • dontgetblocked

    I would NEVER live near or on prison grounds. This is a damn shame. This animal should be beat to death with broken off broomsticks.

  • Navybeans95

    Thisss..your address should be secure....he needs Razor blades and lemon juice....

  • RealATLPeach36

    This is awful. The fact they caught him alive is irking! They like to kill, kill him. I bet that woman was scared and suffered. Shit, that’s sad!

  • Junkanoo

    The people on duty should be fired they absolutely should have kept an intense eye on all dangerous criminals especially doing chores outdoors. Why wasnt this woman's work home secured with video cameras to be checked on at all times and security bars so all the dangerous criminals couldn't get in. Amazed that couple was up at that hour it saved their lives. The guards need to beat that bastard within an inch of his life.

  • Hazel

    So sad. It's as if she had been around the depravity for so long that she got complacent; deadly mistake. RIP.

  • pure_rachet

    Child abuse, aggravated kidnapping of his wife.

  • Real Greasy

    It's not uncommon for administrators to live on prison grounds and bounce around from prison to prison in their jurisdiction yet they rely on inmates for free labor and think they just want to cut grass and clean gutters in 99 degree heat just for passing time for the next 8 years until they come up for parole....some do and this dude slipped thru and showed his true predatory being which is listed in his prior convictions!!!! So sorry sista and to the family my deepest condolences....

  • Kimberly King

    I have a friend who knows her son. Her family is broken. Literally. I feel so bad for them. I was told the state has went to great lengths to pay their last respects for her and show support. I hate her last hours on earth were that painful. She was beautiful. I know when some people die in such a violent and scary manner, their souls tend to lurk. Some even refuse to officially cross over until they can find some sort of peace. I remember feeling my great grandmother for years. She wasn't ready to die. She fought bone cancer as hard as she could. And she was very upset up until her death. She was not at peace during her last days and didn't accept death. I pray that once they lay Ms. Johnson to rest, her soul is able to cross over peacefully. I know she didn't wanna go out like this. I just hope she follows His voice and go home. No more pain! RIP.

  • pure_rachet

    Right? And how tf he steal a tractor from the jail and nobody noticed?

  • Chhzz

    Ouch. And lemon juice

  • Miss Thang

    She is my mom’s age. Omg i can’t imagine losing my mom that way ???

  • MrsSpice1

    Smdh..why escape when you have no where to run but BACK to prison???? Unless u have a private jet waiting somewhere in the midst of an unknown location ready to drop you off somewhere off the grid, stay yo sorry?ss in prison. So many murderers are such stupid cowards!!! To the hole he goes ?!!!

  • Dowoop

    How he manage to escape on a fucking tractor? That shit barely moves! Nobody saw that big ass tractor driving away?

  • the guest

    Please extend my family’s heartfelt condolences to the victim’s family. This is devastating. That monster who took her life shouod not have been on work duty.

  • the guest

    Exactly.

  • Dowoop

    I still don't understand how they didn't see the damn tractor driving away.

  • Alextra Ballard

    This is beyond said? ?she didn’t deserve this

  • MistaO

    This dog raped her as well. B astard

  • BingBangBoom

    Wait so she lived on the prison grounds? Then the suspect was last seen driving a tractor back to the prison before it ran out of gas a mile later. That's a bold move.

  • Ms..N

    Smdh!! Black men get shot for just a thought of having a weapon! An this POS makes it back to prison alive after raping and murdering a prison warden!!

  • Facts and Receipts

    They mandated she live there or a choice? For me naw. Lord RIP to her. Horrificness

  • MsPam

    They should be fired, I want to know who’s watching the watcher?! RIP Ms. Johnson, I’ll keep your family in my prayers.??

  • Solstice

    Yeah is that normal? I’ve never known or heard of a top director/administrator living on the Prison grounds/property. ? May she rest in peace. What an awful way to die. She did not deserve that ?

  • Jayde da Blade

    S..R.. Sis What a beautiful site your hard work and dedication has earned you...
    I had to check my browers.
    Yes its you ?all glowed up.. ?

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    punk bitch.

  • Love Luv

    So if the victim was reversed, I assume it wouldn’t take them just over half an hour to locate the peachier version. And they wouldn’t need footage. From neighbors. In fact had he have been brown he would’ve been shot down by the time he passed the cafeteria trash can. I’m not baiting but we all remember that foot from roots. What an awesome service this woman did for her community. Clearly she did her job and well as he was mad at her. No way would I reside on or near grounds. I hope this beloved and her family can find peace.

  • Seldomseen

    I read that shes from a couple of hours away and went home every weekend. They probably have that option to recruit qualified people. I agree I would be very hesitant.

  • Scromes1212

    Dam smh I met that lady before. She was super sweet and helpful. This is so sad

  • CookieMobster

    They reported this all on the news down here, the part about him escaping and killing a police guard. Never did they say it was a woman, nor that he raped her. How horrific.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Takes a Special type of individual to work in or for the prison system!

    May she RIP!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... Some country folks ride their tractors ? to and fro I guess..

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    BEAUTIFUL heartfelt comment?? I am hoping the same!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I am ALWAYS on guard whenever I see prison work detail! I am not sure WHY they allow the work detail to be close to peoples houses and schools! VERY irresponsible and scary!

  • Facts and Receipts

    Seems like this is way back in the day practice. I know Alcatraz had warden quarters (supposedly haunted) and the warden on Life the movie was living on prison grounds too. So I think its not practiced today? IDK but its an interesting phenom to me regardless

  • KarmaBackAround

    Well damn he served her up very cold! He probably will be sent to deathrow now smh r.i.p IN OTHER NEWS! Asap Nappy done got convicted of assault yall stay tuned!

  • HelloToni

    I think the tractor was used in his work on the prison grounds. Still no excuse.

  • HelloToni

    Comments like this are the ones I look for when someone dies and you cant think of anything to say.

  • HelloToni

    I know its very common for non violent criminal or criminals with upcoming release days,

  • Hazel

    I've never understood why the system allows criminals to have these roaming privileges. I get FURIOUS when I see them in communities. As far as I'm concerned, even 'non-violent' criminals can become violent when they are desperate, or see an opportunity to get over. It's a slippery slope; either you are criminally prone, or you aren't.

  • SaltineCrackers

    Rest Easy Ms. Johnson. He needs to be taken out by a firing squad.

  • Yardgirl

    I said the exact same thing. It's too hard to bear and I feel so badly for her children and family. RIP sis

  • Yardgirl

    What is crazy about this monster is that he would have been out of jail in 5 years. I am glad they are going to give him the death penalty!! Rot in hell demon!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Exactly! Once they've been in jail, then most of them dont mind going back ESPECIALLY if they dont have a pot to piss in on the outside!

  • CookieMobster

    Here are some laughs for you negus this morning. Flipping hysterical.
    Watch this ??https://youtu.be/sVTGAkvHWV0

  • Facts and Receipts

    I am done here on today. Stanley NC is the sho nuff country. They still got the confederate flag there or some monuments or something Im sure over in Gaston County. I was expecting the worse.

  • Facts and Receipts

    He totally aint wanna spell that word lmaoooooo

  • Ni Ni

    Mawnin! I started to call out. I'm tied of working, shoot. ?

  • Carrington

    This sounds like the plot to a badly written movie. Wow. Condolences to her family.

  • Carrington
  • free

    i thought that was hella weird too!! also, if he had just rolled out instead of raping her, well maybe he would not get a life sentence but he also raped her, securing a life or death sentence. however, looking at his rap sheet???? dude done fugged it up for everybody cause he should have NEVER been unsupervised.

  • free

    she was about to retire too.

  • free

    probably a choice as this lady was in the system for like nearly 40 years. i don't think she felt the same caution. i think this is also not going to play well amongst other prisoners as she was hella respected and it's just going to make it harder for them to get that same gig he got.

  • free

    someone mentioned, during the manhunt, that some of the newer ones can go up to 45 but i find that hard to believe.

  • free

    exactly. with his sheet, he should have never been unsupervised especially as a kidnapper and sexual predator.

  • Facts and Receipts

    My babe DID call out. Got up at this normal time, and was like fukk it and called and told them he would be in at lunch. He still in there sleep lol

  • Dowoop

    And on top of that he only went 1 mile with it. None of the guards saw it "speeding" away?

  • Dowoop

    Used in his work that should have been supervised. A tractor is not small or quiet, how do you not notice it driving away where it shouldn't be.

  • Dowoop

    I'm sure they do and we see and hear it a mile away so i don't understand how he escaped on a tractor unnoticed.

  • Seldomseen

    I think it was opportunity and impulse.

  • Ni Ni

    Lol

  • Coffee1st

    Must be call out day. I really don't feel good though. Based on my symptoms, coworker suggested Omeprazole.
    Anybody know any natural ways to reset your GI system.

  • Coffee1st

    Hi-effin-larious!!!
    That lil boy was weighing options and counting costs...??

  • Seldomseen

    Many prison are very isolated, so living quarters are probably the norm.

  • Seldomseen

    I go to the Angola State Rodeo and they let the trustees walk among the people.

  • Coffee1st

    The situation isn't funny, but your comment is....???

  • CookieMobster

    In his mind he was like I KNOW these negus ain't give me this word. When they used it in a sentence, The Negus ruled Ethiopia, me and hubby liked to went on home to meet Jesus.

  • Ni Ni

    Sorry, i dont. I hope you get to feeling better soon.?

  • Ni Ni

    It's my first time seeing this. Sad!

  • Guess Who

    POS

  • Kimocha

    Oh wow!... This is so sad!... My prayers and condolences go out to this ladies family and I'm so glad they caught that crazy MF!!

  • Trace da Ace

    FRY HIS ASS!!!

  • Carrington

    I told my co-worker, "F*ck this job! I ain't comin in tomorrow... so, don't look for me. Don't TEXT my phone waking me up at 8:14 talking about, "we're just checking on you - are you OK?"... NOTHIN'. I ain't comin' cause I hate everybody!"
    The boss said, "Carrington is sick today..." and this MF gone say, "Girl, Carrington ain't sick. He tired of working. He said he ain't thinking about y'all yesterday."

  • Vonda K

    Yes, they live in my former neck of the woods.
    Very strange indeed.

  • Vonda K

    Very common practice. Some prisons have community housing right on the grounds. As someone pointed out penitentiaries are often built in rural areas outside of civilization and very secluded.
    They build affordable housing for staff. I’m apart of prison education reform group and l have visited several prisons in my state and I seen the housing, playgrounds, schools are located nearby. Prison industrial complex is big business.
    This story is heartbreaking.

  • Yardgirl

    Totally!! SMH

  • Yardgirl

    Like Seldom said below, opportunity and impulse and with him being evil AF this poor woman paid the ultimate price!???

  • Strappyheels

    Ginger

  • Nik

    This!!

  • Nik

    That makes it even arder to process. She deserved to rest from her labor on her own terms.

  • Logan Roberts

    Condolences, but why would you as a woman, live on the grounds of a prison with no security? Alot of things could've been avoided here.

  • Karen Brady

    I couldn't work in a prison with all that awful energy let alone live on prison grounds! How depressing for one's spirit! Bet she kept a couple of guns in her home too and this still happened. BASTARD!

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  • T Willis

    Some companies provide free housing in exchange for employment - or as a “perk” - in lieu of competitive pay. That’s the only logic I can think of for why any woman of color would live on a prison campus in cot dayum TN of all freaking places.

  • MiamiBayshore

    Exactly if the home is located on same grounds at penitentiary it should be located miles down rugged road surrounded by electric fence. I mean it is a penitentiary that houses some of society worst criminals.. Let stop with the “details” Across the river/bridge (I live Cincy side) from me in Newport KY the inmates be setting up fair grounds/events down at Newport On Levee?????

  • Solstice

    Interesting! I never knew that!! And I keep putting the Alcatraz tour off. I’ve been to SF far too many times to not have done it! ??

  • Solstice

    Awful!! ?

  • GuestSTAR

    Poor lady, how sad. RIP

  • Maxima

    See above

  • Maxima

    This was a hit. Someone didn't want this black woman to have such a high position. What prison warden does not have awesome home security, and a secret address?
    Also, why do the white prisoners always have prison details which allow them to escape. I rarely hear of black inmates having this kind of opportunity to escape.

  • dontgetblocked

    Omeprazole is the cheaper generic form of Prilosec. I keep it on hand. I use natural remedies but pull out the big O for the real deal.

  • Kimberly King

    Thank you ! All souls can hear Him calling them to the crossroads. But some of them will ignore His voice. Especially if they weren't ready to die, died in a terrible manner, worried about their family members and how they'll survive, or the killer hasn't been found. It's possible she may worry about her kids. That's what my spirit is telling me.

  • Blackfox1121 K

    u speaking facts

  • Miss Thang

    Yes strange case.

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