Real Name: Gordon Douglas Weaver
Aliases: David Carson
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: March 7, 2000
CaseEditDetails: Gordon Weaver was a resident of White Bear Lake, Minnesota married to Jean Weaver, who was planning on divorcing her husband after seventeen years of marriage. On October 16, 1999, Jean planned to join her sister and brother-in-law to visit another sister at her cabin. When she didn't show up, Jean's sister called the house but received no response, so she and her husband drove to the Weaver home and found it on fire. Firefighters then discover Jean's burnt body inside the house, lying face down in several inches of water, and the family dog was found dead in an upstairs closet. Jean's 16 year old son was not home. An autopsy revealed that Jean had died of smoke inhalation, and she had apparently been hit on the head and then deliberately set on fire in the basement laundry room, and Gordon became the prime suspect. Authorities discovered that turpentine and a petroleum product that was found of Jean's body was also found on Gordon's shoes.
Police soon began gathering evidence that Weaver killed his wife for their insurance money, because he was the sole beneficiary for Jean's two life insurances policies along with an accidental death policy, that totaled $378,000 along with a 401K that was $34,000. Weaver was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder, but was let out on bail and disappeared days before the pre-trial hearing. Two days later, on March 9, 2000, a 1996 Toyota RAV4 that Weaver borrowed from his mother was found abandoned in Summit, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. There was blood in the car and credit cards strewn about, and it appeared at first that Weaver himself may have been carjacked and murdered. However, police believed that he had faked his own death and soon afterwards, the FBI received a tip from a friend of Weaver's confirming that he was still alive. Weaver is now on the FBI's Most Wanted list and is considered armed and dangerous.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the August 9, 2001 episode.
Results: Captured. After four years on the run, Weaver was arrested in a remote area near Florence, Oregon under the name of David Carson. A woman saw a mugshot of Weaver on the AMW website and called the police. Weaver was found guilty of Jean's murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In October 2006, Weaver's parents were arrested and charged in helping him to allude the authorities. In 2007, Weaver was ordered a new trial and in February of 2010 was once again convicted of her murder. This time, however, he was sentenced to just 18 3/4 years in prison and could be released as early as 2017. Gordon Weaver's anticipated release date is November 2016.
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