A jailed murderer has confessed to beating two pedophiles to death when one of them put a kids show on the prison TV.
Jonathan Watson, 41, said that as he was already serving a life sentence for a 2009 murder conviction and that he "had little to lose" from the brutal killing.
Watson, who is in prison for first-degree murder and discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury or death, wrote his confession in a letter to the Bay Area News Group in Northern California.
In the letter, he admitted that he clubbed both men in the head on January 16 at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.
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Prisoner David Bobb, 48, died that day while Graham De Luis-Conti, 62, died three days later at a hospital.
Both were serving life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.
Days before the attack, he said his security classification was changed and he was transferred from a single-person cell to a lower-security dormitory pod at the Central Valley facility.
Watson called the switch a "careless" mistake and said he had protested the decision.
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Watson wrote that six days after he arrived at the prison, a child molester moved into the pod.
He said he believed the man began taunting other inmates by watching children's television programming.
After witnessing this, Watson said in the letter he couldn't sleep that night "having not done what every instinct told me I should've done right then and there".
Two hours before the attacks the next day, Watson told a prison counsellor that he urgently needed to be transferred back to higher-level security "before I really f*** one of these dudes up", but the counsellor "scoffed and dismissed" him.
Watson said he returned to his housing pod.
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"I was mulling it all over when along came Molester #1 and he put his TV right on PBS Kids again," he wrote, according to the newspaper chain.
"But this time, someone else said something to the effect of 'Is this guy really going to watch this right in front of us?' and I recall saying, 'I got this.' And I picked up the cane and went to work on him."
Watson said he then left the housing pod to find a guard and turn himself in, but on the way, he saw 'a known child trafficker, and I figured I´d just do everybody a favour,' Watson wrote. "In for a penny, in for a pound."
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Watson said he then told a guard, who didn't believe him 'until he looked around the corner and saw the mess I´d left in the dorm area,' Watson wrote.
Watson is now being held in segregated housing while he is under investigation for the killings. He hasn't been charged yet.
"Being a lifer, I'm in a unique position where I sometimes have access to these people and I have so little to lose," Watson wrote. "And trust me, we get it, these people are every parents' worst nightmare."
Dana Simas, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said: "We can't comment on an active investigation."
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