Wednesday, March 25, 2009
He was the openly gay WABC newsman that was found slain in his apartment last week. George's body was bound with duct tape and blood was everywhere, with multiple cuts all over him.
Police believed he was killed by a online hook-up. At the time, folks didn't want to assume that, but the police stood their ground. Especially after finding photos depicting sadomasochism acts and George's ad looking for violent sex.
After heavy investigation, the cops found the killer. His name is John Katehis and he's just 16-years-old.
This is him
On his site, Katehis called himself "Extremist, an Anarchist, a Sadomasochist" and said he enjoys "long conversations, drinking, bike riding, hanging out."
The teen also listed more sinister hobbies like "roof hopping, hanging off trains" and claimed be into extremely violent video games.
"I am a very easy person to talk to," he wrote. "I like to do crazy and wild things ... I'm always looking for a big thrill.
Katehis was on the run in upstate Middletown, when cops picked him up just after midnight. He admitted answering an ad Weber placed on the Internet looking for a partner in rough sex, police and law enforcements sources said.
"He saw the victim's ad looking for violent sex and said, 'I can smother somebody for $60,' but it got out of hand," a source said.
The teen admitted he stabbed Weber, but couldn't remember how many times because he "blanked out" during the assault. He was in custody Wednesday at Brooklyn's 76th Precinct.
Cops found the suspect by combing through Weber's e-mail and Web browser history and tracking calls he made from his cell phone, sources said.
The two met in Brooklyn early Friday evening and then returned to the newsman's Carroll Gardens brownstone apartment under the premise of engaging in sadomasochistic acts, sources said.
I don't know what to think. I mean, you don't want to judge, but...I don't know. I've always been wary of on-line hook-ups just from my friends' and my own experiences. But this, this is really scary.
Folks, please be careful. There's nothing wrong with on-line hook-ups, but please just be aware.