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NYC News Reporter Murdered by 16-Year-old Craigslist Hustler

George Weber, a news radio reporter for WABC whose body was found stabbed to death in his Brooklyn apartment on Saturday, was killed by a teen he met in a $60 Craigslist sex transaction, the NYDN reports:

Weber "The emotionally disturbed teenager was arrested early Wednesday morning after he admitted to cops that he had answered an ad Weber placed on the Internet looking for a partner in rough sex, police and law enforcements sources said...The teen admitted he stabbed Weber, but couldn't remember how many times because he 'blanked out' during the violent, drug-fuelled assault. The teen was in custody this morning 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 teen answered Weber's ad on craigslist, an Internet Web site. 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."

Weber fought back, police say, because the teen's blood was found throughout the apartment along with the newsman's.

Weber's family released a statement on Tuesday: "We are devastated by the loss of George - Jordy to us. He was truly a caring person who loved and was loved by all he met. Jordy loved New York and its people, particularly his Carroll Gardens neighborhood. The outpouring of support by his friends and neighbors is a blessing to us and a testimony to his character."

George Weber murder work of 16-year-old - confession [new york daily news]
Teen Confesses in Newsman Slay [ny post]

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  1. Stories like this are the main reason I've stopped looking for online hookups, and especially hosting. You never really know what you're getting into.

    At least in a bathhouse there was a low probability of getting robbed or killed.

    Posted by: Anthony in Nashville | Mar 25, 2009 9:08:34 AM

  2. Kinda weird how everyone can still have nice words for him when he basically just tried to have sex with a 16 yr old. Fucking pervert... Men need use the head more that's above their shoulders than the head that's found in their pants and then maybe they wouldn't end up in situations like these.

    Posted by: Leo | Mar 25, 2009 9:09:19 AM

  3. Why is he a "pervert"? Our bodies are wired to be attracted to youth. Back in the day, we lived until about 20, not 80. No, 16 is not legal in New York, but it is in some states, including my home state. So yes, yes, what a "pervert" for being biologically-driven instead of following arbitrary age limits that will get you locked up in one state and laid in the next. Unethical and smarmy? Yeah. Perverted? Not so much.

    Posted by: Ugh | Mar 25, 2009 9:21:42 AM

  4. We don't know if Weber knew the kid was 16 - it's possible he looked much older than he was.

    Posted by: giovanni | Mar 25, 2009 9:28:20 AM

  5. A gay panic defense is surely in the works.

    Posted by: giovanni | Mar 25, 2009 9:30:10 AM

  6. Wow, Leo, I hope people show you more compassion than you can find in yourself. No one deserves to die like that.

    Clearly it's unwise to open your door to a random stranger, especially for something as intimate as sex, but people do every day.

    16 is the age of consent in many countries. And I don't actually think that it overrules the tragedy of what just happened.

    I'm actually more disgusted when people use such details to excuse their own blatant inhumanity.

    Posted by: Jon | Mar 25, 2009 9:33:27 AM

  7. Fuck off, Leo, you idiot. There is no indication the man was looking for a 16-year-old, or that he even knew the kid was 16. He just got murdered, are you happy? Was justice served? "Pervert" is a term that could just as easily be said of ALL gay people. You sound like the Church Lady—and we all know what she needed.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Mar 25, 2009 9:38:15 AM

  8. So old, and yet so dumb. Engaging in S&M with a total stranger; some men just beg to be killed.

    Posted by: Lucrece | Mar 25, 2009 9:49:18 AM

  9. I'm with Anthony in Nashville. This underscores the danger of online hook-ups. Nothing's ever foolproof, but it's a lot easier to gauge who people are and what they really want in a public setting.

    Bring back the bars!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 25, 2009 9:52:28 AM

  10. Hello - Matthew Shepherd met his murderers in a bar!

    Posted by: David | Mar 25, 2009 9:58:21 AM

  11. This is incredibly unfortunate. :(

    However, looking for S&M on Craigslist seems to be the epitome of foolish. I would think you need to really trust someone if you're going to let them tie you up and do crazy shit to you.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 25, 2009 10:01:26 AM

  12. "There is no indication that he was looking for a 16 year old."

    And there is no indication that he was NOT looking for a 16 year old boy either. I'm sure the fact that the 47 year old victim was engaging in "kinky" sex with a 16 year boy for money will be featured prominently by the defense at the trial.

    Posted by: elg | Mar 25, 2009 10:09:22 AM

  13. I'm assuming everyone criticizing this man for being "so dumb" has never ONCE in their life hooked up with anyone on the fly or had a one-night stand. It only takes one time, and just because you might have met yours in a bar instead of online doesn't make one goddamn bit of difference. Hypocrites. If only it could have been you...

    Posted by: Ugh | Mar 25, 2009 10:12:31 AM

  14. MainStream media = MSM
    Men (who have) sex (with) Men = MSM

    Posted by: anon | Mar 25, 2009 10:16:23 AM

  15. Ugh, there's a world of difference between a run of the mill hookup and looking for S&M. Granted, there's no guarantee that vanilla sex won't lead to murder, but I think asking a total stranger to come over and tie you up is very very risky.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 25, 2009 10:20:09 AM

  16. I saw a picture of the murderer in the NY Post. He doesn't look 16 per se, but I doubt he could pass for more than 21. Regardless, it is not an excuse for killing, and no justice was served. I'm sure that Craig's List doesn't allow underage kids to troll for sex, paid or not.

    While certain aspects of this story are personally icky to me, I find it more repugnant to see a bunch of gay men calling another a pervert.

    Posted by: Christian | Mar 25, 2009 10:28:53 AM

  17. The world is filled with unstable people. "Looking For Mr. Goodbar"-ques murders happen all the time. The fraternity of sexually active adults admits all those who seek entry, the crazy and the sane. Secrecy in sex is not your friend. If you're doing things you're ashamed of other people knowing about, don't do them. Secrecy aides the criminal in a hook up crime. There is no shame in adults seeking sexual encounters. There is no shame in being a victim of crime. Live your life with discretion but live it honestly, openly and know what you're doing and who you are doing it with.

    Posted by: stuart | Mar 25, 2009 10:29:08 AM

  18. Actually Alex, not really. Just as many practitioners of S&M are safe, caring people, many people who engage in vanilla sex are sick, depraved murderers. Goddamn, with all the hysteric sex-negative comments here I'd think this was The dangerous part is the "stranger" part, not the S&M part...and that is the same whether it's a stranger in the bar or off the Internet. only takes one time. Hopefully it doesn't happen to you, or else we might all have to come on here and express our superiority by talking about what WE would have done differently because WE know better. Ugh.

    Posted by: Ugh | Mar 25, 2009 10:31:56 AM

  19. Ugh, I am not doubting that practicioners of S&M are safe, caring people. But there is no way of knowing what you're going to get with Craigslist and if someone's going to tie you up, you're immediately defenseless (not a good situation to be in with a stranger). At least in a vanilla situation, if one is not tied up one can attempt to defend oneself.

    If you read my post carefully, you'd see I was saying murder could happen in ANY random situation, but really inviting some strange person into your home and allowing them to bind you up is not smart.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 25, 2009 10:42:13 AM

  20. tell us not jump into conclusions, for all we know weber may have been a serial killer, killing hustlers left, right and center.

    Posted by: johnosahon | Mar 25, 2009 10:54:17 AM

  21. What I see in this story is one thing: "drug-fueled". End of story. That's not excusing the murder, but that right there is the end connection to reality which can allow such tragedies to occur. And I'm not even an anti-drug person. I just think it's obvious when and where it's safe to partake. What a sad story this is!

    Posted by: mrmnyc | Mar 25, 2009 10:56:01 AM

  22. I have to agree with Leo, some men need a much better sense of judgement about how they live their lives.

    While this is clearly a tragedy, this was a tragedy the victim invited into his home - he wasn't accosted on the street or had his home broken into; this wasn't acquaintance rape or a crime of passion.

    The fact that the murderer was 16 isn't the biggest issue here, but I do take offense at men (gay and straight) who insist on justifying the pursuit of teenagers for sexual relations, regardless of the age of consent. Just because it might be legal where you live doesn't make it right. Clearly, this young man was not capable of handling what he agreed to online and a rational adult would have sussed that out before proceeding.

    George didn't and now he's dead.

    Posted by: Christian | Mar 25, 2009 11:15:57 AM

  23. I've told my friends a million times to be careful of online dating and hook up sites. It may be easy, quick and anonymous, but it's like playing Russian Roulette, you never know what you're going to get. I'm saying it because an acquaintance of mine met the same fate a few years back, I suspect it happens more than we hear about.

    Posted by: Matty | Mar 25, 2009 11:37:35 AM

  24. A 47 year old trolling for sex with a 16 year old boy and then adding drugs to the mix is just asking for trouble. Yes, I feel compassion and all that, but sometimes you just gotta say "what the hell were you thinking". In my mind he is perverted. Just because I am gay does not mean I condone "anything goes" which appears to be the subtext of many of the comments here (you can't judge, you're gay!). Sorry, we're all not doing these types of behaviors and whether straights lump us all together is not the issue. Sometimes you have to have boundaries. This is a prime example.

    Posted by: Stan | Mar 25, 2009 11:37:41 AM

  25. "....but I do take offense at men (gay and straight) who insist on justifying the pursuit of teenagers for sexual relations, regardless of the age of consent."

    Well, the gay ones certainly do get punished, don't they? The straight ones get a pat on the back.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 25, 2009 11:41:42 AM

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