Wednesday, March 25, 2009

16-Year-Old Boy Confesses to Killing WABC Newsman After Meeting for Kinky Sex Online

A 16-year-old Queens youth confessed early this morning to the grisly slaying of radio newsman George Weber, who was stabbed as many as 50 times in his Brooklyn apartment.

Cops took the teen, identified by police as John Katehis of Forest Hills, into custody in Middletown, NY and brought him to the 76th Precinct station house in Brooklyn.

Police said Katehis confessed around 4 a.m. today.

A source told The Post that Weber, 47, an ABC News radio broadcaster, and the teen met on Craigslist and had been e-mailing one another.

Katehis, an Atheist with a knife fetish and a girlfriend, appeared to have a propensity for violence.

On his MySpace page, the teen wrote, "As long as you show respect for me I will show respect for you, if you disrespect me, then I will fucking break your neck."

Weber and Katehis agreed to meet Friday night for a sexual encounter after the newsman had promised him $60.

Weber had originally placed an ad on Craigslist looking for someone to choke him and engage in oral sex.

Katehis told cops that he and Weber drank Vodka and did cocaine before the situation turned violent.

He told police that Weber pulled a knife on him, he took it and stabbed the former radio newscaster.

Meanwhile, new details of the chilling crime were revealed.

According to investigators, the knife sliced through Weber's neck, back and torso so many times that it was difficult to get an accurate count by the time the body was discovered two days ago.

Detectives poked through neighborhood trash and peered into sewers yesterday in search of the murder weapon.

Weber's ankles were duct-taped and wounds on his hands suggested he tried to fight off his attacker, the sources said.

The newsman's family released a statement yesterday remembering him as "a truly caring person who loved and was loved by all he met."

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