David viera

David Viera

Real Name: David Viera
Aliases: None known
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: June 25, 1988


Details: David Viera is wanted for the murder of his wife, Alice Arruda, whom he bludgeoned and stabbed to death in their home in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The two were actually first cousins; they were both born on the island of St. Michael in the Azores. When she was nine, Alice and her family moved to New Bedford. Her father was a strict Catholic who would not allow his daughters to wear makeup or shorts or have boyfriends. When Alice was twelve, David began writing to her; surprisingly, he asked her to marry him. Even more surprising was that Alice's parents took it seriously. The letters continued for five years, but the two never even spoke on the phone.
David and Alice met for the first time in the summer of 1974. On June 29, 1974, the two married on the island of St. Michael. At the time, David was sixteen and Alice was seventeen. Alice thought that she would finally gain some freedom, being away from her parents. The newlyweds settled in New Bedford and David soon found a job at a textile plant. Within a year, she was pregnant. The marriage seemed happy at first. However, David soon began to act like Alice's father, refusing to allow her to wear makeup or leave without his permission.

Alice viera

Alice Viera

By 1981, the Vieras had three children. According to Alice's sister, Fatima, David often yelled at his wife and their children. He seemed to get angry for no rational reason. He also became physically abusive. However, when she told her parents that she wanted to leave him, they would not let her. They said that they did not believe in divorce.
Finally, after fourteen years of abuse, Alice had the courage to defy her parents and her husband. In the summer of 1988, she kicked him out and tried to re-build her life. She enrolled in nursing school and started dating a new man. However, David started to stalk Alice at work and at home. On July 25, 1988, Alice and her boyfriend were at her home when she noticed David outside in his car. A few moments later, he broke down the door and began to beat her over the head with a tire jack. Her boyfriend, who witnessed the attack, fled to a nearby police station. When police and paramedics arrived at the scene, they found Alice dead. She had been bludgeoned and then stabbed twenty-four times with a butcher knife.
David Viera vanished that day; investigators later learned that he had taken a bus from Fall River to Boston. He then fled to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and has not been seen since.

Viera after his arrest 1996

Viera after his 1994 arrest

Extra Notes: This case first aired on the April 13, 1994 episode. A brief update aired one week later on April 20. A full one aired on May 25.
Some sources spell their last name as "Vierra" and "Vieira".
Results: Captured. Within minutes of the broadcast, investigators received leads about Viera. Less than two days later, he was arrested in a Portugese community in Montreal. He had lived there for several years and had been working at a fish market. He was extradited to Massachusetts. In May 1996, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fifteen years.

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