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John Katehis is an American resident of New York who has been accused of murdering George Weber, a popular radio reporter in March 2009. Because Katehis met Weber through Craigslist, a popular classified advertising website, the media dubbed him a Craigslist killer, a generic term for murderers who find victims by placing or responding to ads in Craigslist.


Arrest for murder

On March 25, 2009, police arrested 16-year-old John Katehis of Queens, New York for the murder of the former radio reporter George Weber. Weber, 47 years old, was a well-known radio voice; during an extended career, he had worked as an on-air reporter for WABC in New York City, KGO in San Francisco, and KTLK and KMPC in Los Angeles.[1]


Katehis confessed to the crime when apprehended. He said that he was a Satanist allied with the teachings on Anton Lavey and the Church of Satan[2][3] and also claimed to be a sadomasochist. He told police that he had responded to his victim's advertisement on Craigslist for "rough sex," but stabbed Weber in self-defense after Weber tried to stab him.[2] Weber's body was found bound and he had been stabbed 50 times.[1] In March, 2009, Katehis was dubbed a "Craigslist Killer" by the media.[4]

Plea of not guilty

On March 26, 2009, and despite his original confession a day earlier, Katehis pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and weapons possession. He was held without bail.[5] His lawyer has told reporters that although the pair originally met through Craigslist, they had an ongoing relationship.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Police: Slain Reporter Met Teen Killer on Craigslist". KTLA. March 25, 2009.;JSESSIONID=A5F2902600948550F148.2219?view=page0&feed:a=ktla&feed:c=news&feed:i=DB362E6FE472E8FD424D52079B548DDE&nopaging=1. Retrieved Monday, April 20, 2009.  
  2. ^ a b "Teen Confesses in Newsman Slay". New York Post. March 25, 2009. Retrieved Tuesday, April 21, 2009. "Weber, 47, an ABC News radio broadcaster, and the teen met on Craigslist and had been e-mailing one another. Katehis, a Satan-loving teen with a knife fetish and a girlfriend, appeared to have a propensity for violence."  
  3. ^ "Radio Man's Sex Date with Devil". New York Post. March 26, 2009. Retrieved Tuesday, April 21, 2009. "On [his] MySpace page, Katehis declares himself heterosexual and professes his devotion to Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey. He sports tattoos on his arm reading, '666' and 'Diablo.'"  
  4. ^ "Alleged Craigslist Killer: 'Cash for Story'". The Advocate. March 30, 2009. Retrieved Tuesday, April 21, 2009. "March 30, 2009: The Advocate refers to John Katehis as "Craigslist Killer.""  
  5. ^ Eden Carter Wood (27 March 2009). "Teen sadomasachist pleads not guilty to murder". PinkPaper. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  6. ^ "Confessed Teen Slayer Pleads Not Guilty", Associated Press via New York Post (March 26, 2009)

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