If you follow crime news with any regularity I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the brutal slaying of WABC radio reporter George Weber in his Brooklyn home.
16-year-old John Katehis has allegedly confessed to stabbing Weber 50 times after a craigslist tryst gone wrong. The pair allegedly agreed to meet after Weber promised Katehis $60. According to the NY Post article Weber’s craigslist ad said that he wanted someone to perform oral sex on him and choke him.
Katehis contends that the pair drank vodka and did some coke before Weber pulled a knife on him. Katehis claims he took the knife and stabbed Weber. I can see this being used as a claim of self-defense considering that Weber was breaking the law himself. The age of consent in NY is 17. However stabbing someone 50 times goes beyond self-defense unless you’re being chased by Jason Voorhees. Let us also not forget that Weber’s ankles were duct taped. So it’s not like Katehis couldn’t have outrun him.
This story above all others should serve as the warning about anonymous craigslist hook ups especially for gay men.
No word yet on if Katehis has been charged as an adult.
Steve Huff has an in-depth post about Katehis’ online life.
Game Politics has a post about Katehis’ gaming habits. Which we both agree will be getting some undue blame in the future.