Courier Mail –
Gabe Watson says he keeps a photo of his deceased wife next to that of his new wife.
Mr Watson, acquitted last week in sensational circumstances at his Alabama murder trial, opened up in two separate interviews in the US yesterday after keeping silent since his first wife, Tina Thomas Watson, was found dead on their 2003 Queensland honeymoon scuba dive.
In 2006, Mr Watson began dating Alabama school teacher Kim Lewis and they married in 2008, with some media reports describing her as a “lookalike” to Ms Thomas.
In an interview with his local newspaper, the Birmingham News, Mr Watson said he “never saw” Ms Lewis as a lookalike and revealed he keeps photos of Ms Thomas and Ms Lewis in his home office.
“Kim’s been very accepting of my past,” Mr Watson said.
“She knows that Tina and I were crazy in love and she doesn’t make me have to forget that.
“In the other interview, aired on America’s ABC TV network, Mr Watson attempted to explain some of the unanswered questions about how Ms Thomas, his wife of just 11 days, ended up dead at the bottom of the Coral Sea.
Mr Watson and Ms Thomas boarded the luxury dive vessel Spoilsport at Townsville on October 21, 2003 for a seven-day honeymoon cruise of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, with the first stop the SS Yongala shipwreck.
The murder trial, held in Birmingham, Alabama, heard Ms Thomas was inexperienced, with just 11 dives in a flooded Alabama quarry, while the Yongala dive, with a strong current, was for experienced divers.