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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Man Who Cooked His Dead Wife Guilty of Murder

Court FightDavid Viens, a Los Angeles area Chef, was charged with first-degree premeditated murder but found guilty of the lesser included offense after he confessed to slowly cooking his wife's dead body in a 55 gallon drum. Upon learning that he was being investigated in his wife's disappearance, Viens attempted to commit suicide by jumping off an 80 ft cliff. The fall did not kill him and he ended up in the hospital. While at the hospital, Viens explained to police that he tied and bounded his wife to prevent her from hurting herself because he thought that she would drive around wasted on alcohol and other illicit drugs. He said that this occurred after he and his wife had an argument about whether she was stealing from his restaurant. He then went to bed and later awoke to discover that his wife was dead. Viens told police that her death was an accident but decided to dispose of the body in that manner because he did not believe that any one would believe him that her death was an accident. His wife's body was never found. 

See Michael Winter, Chef Who Cooked Wife's Body Guilty of Murder, USA Today, Sept. 27, 2012.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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