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Killer of WABC Newman George Weber Demands Cash, Shuns Friends

John Katehis, the 16-year-old knife-collecting satanist who stabbed WABC newsman George Weber to death last week after they met on Craigslist, angrily demanded cash for his story when visited by the New York Post over the weekend:

Katehis "Wearing a light green jumpsuit and a menacing scowl on his face, Katehis again made clear there was only one way he'd spill the beans. 'Is this a cash offer?' snarled Katehis. 'Cash offers only!' Once it became clear no money would be exchanged, Katehis shot up and yelled again, 'cash offers only!, and stormed out...Katehis's classmate, Daniel Rongo, was also at Bellevue yesterday to visit the jailed killer. 'He was always quiet,' said Rongo, 19. 'John was never the fighting type. Nobody was afraid of him.' But Katehis wasn't happy to see his friend, telling him, 'I always hated you at school. Stop wasting my visits.'"

Katehis pleaded not guilty to Weber's murder last week, despite making an incriminating confession to police.

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  1. what a loser. he must think he is 'all that' now that he is in the public eye or something.

    Posted by: liz templin | Mar 30, 2009 10:34:52 AM


  2. And some of y'all still call him a "child". Do Catholic priests still do exorcisms?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 30, 2009 10:39:29 AM


  3. This is the outcome when you glorify violence and make celebs out of killers. This kid thinks that in his sick twisted mind that is all a big media joke. We, as a world have lost what it means to value life.

    Posted by: cb | Mar 30, 2009 10:46:44 AM


  4. How was this psycho able to make bail??

    Posted by: chasmader | Mar 30, 2009 10:58:40 AM


  5. Crazy, party of one... Crazy... party of one...

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 30, 2009 11:12:12 AM


  6. He just needs someone who understands him. Unfortunately there is no life on Mars that we're aware of.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 30, 2009 11:15:41 AM


  7. Shame on anyone who gives this psycho one dime for his story.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 30, 2009 12:20:57 PM


  8. Again I ask: where were/are his parents? Why didn't they get him help for his obvious anti-social behaviors years ago? Yes, he is acting in a totally abhorant manner, but there are other villains in this tragedy.

    Posted by: Joe | Mar 30, 2009 1:24:05 PM


  9. COO COO

    Posted by: Johnny | Mar 30, 2009 1:34:08 PM


  10. the nasty little sack of shit should just be put away forever... I don't think he will ever be able to be useful to society! Just wait and you'll hear a 'gay panic' plea come flowing out of the weasel... watch and see! I am shocked that the Post went away without this story... they love this kind of shit. Ugh!

    Posted by: CK | Mar 30, 2009 1:41:05 PM


  11. "Again I ask: where were/are his parents? "

    They're SCARED of the little evil motha' fucka'...wouldn't you be?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 30, 2009 1:57:48 PM


  12. chasmader,

    He didn't make bail. An earlier story on Towleroad reported that "John Katehis (KAY'-tis) is being held without bail."

    Posted by: Jake | Mar 30, 2009 2:05:41 PM


  13. Yes, Derrick from Philly, they probably are scared to death of him. However, this teenager's life is a perfect snapshot of how parents and schools, when faced with a kid who is displaying obvious anti-social behavior, are failing to act. The glamourization of thug/gangsta life isn't helping, either, but his parents should be called on the carpet.

    Posted by: Joe | Mar 30, 2009 2:16:24 PM


  14. Anti-social disorders are generally not the result of bad parenting.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 30, 2009 2:24:15 PM


  15. Another S&M murder I read about here, but this one happened in DC and remains unsolved: http://whomurderedrobertwone.com

    Posted by: doc holliday | Mar 30, 2009 3:30:29 PM


  16. I wouldn't doubt they're afraid of him Derrick from Philly. Probably relieved he's away now.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 30, 2009 4:35:23 PM


  17. We need to start trying the parents on at least a lesser charge regardless of any crime that is committed. Until then, No one will accept responsibility until it is too late.

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 30, 2009 8:53:30 PM


  18. They might be bad parents but they aren't the worst parents. They haven't bailed him out. They're leaving him in the nut hatch. Also, mental health care in this country is a joke. I have family members who worked and one who still works in the field. It is almost impossible to get help if you have no insurance and even if you do coverage only pays for so much...usually never enough.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Mar 30, 2009 10:25:47 PM


  19. No, they're terrible parents. From the looks of it, they haven't bailed him out because if they could even afford it, it would go toward some kind of chemical dependency first.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 31, 2009 3:17:00 AM


  20. JOHN KATEHIS IS INNOCENT! HE DEFENDED HIMSELF FROM GEORGE WEBER! JOHN IS A KIND AND RESPECTFUL TEEN!

    JOHN KATEHIS IS A GAMER! HE ALWAYS LIKES TO GO BIKE RIDING AND USING HIS PS3! JOHN KATEHIS IS NOT A BAD PERSON!

    GEORGE WEBER SHOULD HAVE NOT LURED MY SON JOHN INTO HIS APARTMENT. WHAT TYPE OF PUBLIC FIGURE WAS HE? FRIENDS OF MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, CURTIS SLIWA, RON KUBY ETC.!

    GEORGE ONLY HAD ONE INTENSION IN HIS MIND WAS TO ABUSE MY SON! MY SON IS NOT INTO THAT KIND OF STUFF THAT MR. WEBER WAS INTO!

    GIVING AN UNDERAGE MINOR ALCOHOL AND DRUGS! WHAT WAS THIS RADIO REPORTER DOING WITH DRUGS UNDER HIS POSSESION? HE MOST LIKELY HAD ONLY ONE THOUGHT........TO INTOXICATE JOHN KATEHIS(MY SON) AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HIM!

    I AM CERTAIN THAT MY SON IS NOT THE ONLY CHILD ABUSED BY WEBER!

    ATTENTION: THIS FRIDAY JULY 17, 2009 I WILL BE AT THE BROOKLN SUPREME COURT! THIS DAY IS THE COURT DAY FOR MY SON!

    I WOULD LIKE FOR THE MORE PEOPLE SHOW UP IN MY SON'S SUPPORT THE BETTER! MY SON IS THE VICTIM! WHAT IS A CHILD UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUGS! MY SON DID NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AFTER HE WAS INTOXICATED!

    I COULD ONLY IMAGINE! EXAMPLE IT IS ILLEGAL TO DRIVE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL!

    ALL TRAGEDIES OCCUR AND WHOM EVER DOES NOT ABIDE BY THE LAW GETS PROSECUTED! MY SON IS INNOCENT OF ALL COUNTS HE WAS IMMOBILIZED BY THE DRUGS!

    THANK YOU!

    WITH LOVE, JOHN KATEHIS MOTHER (BETH KATEHIS)!

    Posted by: BETH KATEHIS | Jul 13, 2009 7:08:49 PM


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