Real Name: Gordon Douglas Weaver
Aliases: David Carson
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: March 7, 2000
Details: Gordon Weaver was a resident of White Bear Lake, Minnesota married to Jean Weaver. She planned to divorce her husband after seventeen years of marriage. Her family was worried about how he would react. On October 16, 1999, Jean planned to join her sister Kathy and brother-in-law to visit another sister at her cabin. When she didn't show up, Kathy called the house but received no response. She and her husband drove to the Weaver home and found it on fire.
Minutes later, firefighters discovered Jean's burnt body inside the house, lying face down in several inches of water. The family dog was found dead in an upstairs closet. Jean's sixteen-year-old son was not home. An autopsy revealed that Jean had died of smoke inhalation. However, she had also suffered a head injury. It was determined that someone had deliberately set the fire in the basement laundry room. Gordon became the prime suspect.
Gordon claimed that he was running errands at the time. However, police soon began gathering evidence that he killed his wife for their insurance money. They discovered that he had financial problems. His business was failing while Jean was thriving at her job. The couple's relationship was also falling apart. Gordon agreed to give his clothing over to police for forensic testings. The tests showed that traces of turpentine and a petroleum product were on his shoes. These were also found Jean's body.
They also discovered that he was the sole beneficiary for Jean's two life insurances policies along with an accidental death policy. The policies totaled $378,000 along with a 401K that was $34,000. The policies were due to lapse just two days after her murder. Weaver was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder, but was let out on bail thanks to his parents. He 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 human blood in the car and credit cards strewn about. It appeared, at first, that Weaver himself may have been carjacked and murdered. However, police believed that he had faked his own death. 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. Weaver was also featured on America’s Most Wanted.
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. In 2005, Weaver admitted to killing Jean, but claimed that it was an accident and that she was already dead when he set the fire. The medical examiner, however, testified that she died of a smoke inhalation. Weaver was found guilty of second-degree murder and was sentenced to twenty-five 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. He was released on parole in November of 2016.
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