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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.

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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]

Confession

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]

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References

  1. ^ a b "Police: Slain Reporter Met Teen Killer on Craigslist". KTLA. March 25, 2009. http://mobile.ktla.com/inf/infomo;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. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03252009/news/regionalnews/brooklyn/teen_held_in_weber_slay_161247.htm. 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. http://www.nypost.com/seven/03262009/news/regionalnews/brooklyn/radio_mans_sex_date_with_devil_161423.htm. 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. http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid76839.asp. 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. http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=856. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  6. ^ "Confessed Teen Slayer Pleads Not Guilty", Associated Press via New York Post (March 26, 2009)







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