16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder of NYC Newsman

March 25, 2009 -

A 16-year old New York youth has confessed to the stabbing murder of a veteran New York City radio newscaster, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

The suspect is an avid video gamer who lists Rockstar's controversial Grand Theft Auto IV as his favorite title.

The NYPD has charged John Katehis (left) with repeatedly stabbing George Weber, 47, last Friday. The pair met after Weber posted a Craigslist ad offering to pay for violent sex. Katehis was to earn $60 for the sleazy encounter at which alcohol and cocaine were reportedly used. Weber, apparently as part of his sado-masochistic fantasy, supplied the knife with which Katehis eventually killed him.

That's not to say that Katehis was a stranger to edged weapons. The New York Daily News, which refers to Katehis as "emotionally disturbed," displays a picture of the teen posing with his exotic knife and sword collection.

Gawker has posted Katehis's MySpace profile, in which says the suspect wrotes:

I enjoy long conversations, drinking, bike riding, hanging out, roof hopping, hanging off trains, any type of Parkour exercise. Extreme violence (chaos, anarchy, etc.) Video Games, Violent Movies and listening to my ipod...

 

I like to do crazy and wild things. I am like an adrenaline junkie. I'm a big risk taker and like to live life on the edge...

The MySpace profile references an account on ibeatyou.com. At that site, Katehis lists Grand Theft Auto IV as the "Hottest PS3 or Xbox 360 Game You've Ever Played" and includes a picture of himself holding a copy of the PlayStation 3 version. Katehis holds up Far Cry 2 in a separate photo.

Additional coverage: Gawker

GP: There are just so many dysfunctional pieces to this story, but video games will certainly be blamed in some quarters.


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Re: 16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder ...

 

I don't GTA4 is really a "game of the year" material.  But I did like it because of the missions, characters, story, and the gameplay.

Re: 16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder ...

agreed..

tbh i found the story utterly boring compared to GTa's more 'fun, less serious' iterations.

I think my main problem was that the story kept on justifying Nikos actions by making him say 'Ah well, i need the money'. Apart from the fact that my character Niko had hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Hell in the story, after the taxi office gets hit him n roman say 'Dammit we have no money and nowhere to live' in the cutscene. I was like... uhh.. i have over 100,000 dollars and nothing to spend it on.. what are you talking about.

I dunno.. i just feel that the story and gameplay should compliment one another. All the story did was remind me that my actions in the game had no effect, breaking my immersion, and reminding me that i couldnt relate to Nikos story since it was forced upon me.

Same with the date. The one girl that you can date that actually plays a large part in the story, your MEANT to have an emotional attachement to when 'stuff' happens to her (trying not to drop spoilers). However i didnt optionally date her ONCE. i HATED her. yet for some reason the story version of niko loved her. UGH. shoehorning story in the way of gameplay doesnt work.

Plus later on the story just got.. meh.. boring. Only gta i havent completed.

Re: 16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder ...

I agree too.  GTA: Vice City was much more fun.

Re: 16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder ...

I woulden't say GTA 4 is the greatest game ever, but it's certainly up there. Then agian i'm a pertentious prick that looks at the "artsy" side of video games.

Re: 16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder of

Yes, they both enjoyed violent sex, Katehis was a violent and disturbed person who enjoyed violence in general, and alcohol and cocaine were reportedly used, but it doesn't matter!

It was GTA IV that made him do it.

 

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Re: 16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder ...

''Extreme violence (chaos, anarchy, etc.) Video Games, Violent Movies and listening to my ipod... ''

 

whaddya know a violent person likes violent video games.

Shock horror.

Why do critics try and turn it the other way around (a player of violent games becomes violent).

Re: 16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder ...

THE IPOD! That's what made him do it! If he hadn't listened to his iPod, he would have been the picture of pacifism!

Drinking, cocaine, mental issues. Is anyone going to care? No. It was all GTA's fault, as usual. 

Re: 16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder ...

Wait a second was it an IPOD shuffle or an IPOD nano...There's a big difference in the level of violence that the systems can cause...

Re: 16-Year Old GTA IV Gamer Charged with Grisly S&M Murder ...

Indeed...

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Neeneko@MC - Focusing on perpetrator does nothing for prevention, the media and public lack the domain knowledge and event details to draw any useful conclusions. All we get are armchair risk experts.10/25/2014 - 7:36am
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Andrew EisenWhen I write about these massacres, I don't use the shooter's name or picture. I'm not saying everyone has to play it that way but that's how I prefer to do it.10/25/2014 - 12:44am
Andrew EisenYep, it's why the news media stopped spotlighting numbnuts who run out on the field during sporting events.10/25/2014 - 12:01am
Matthew Wilsonin media research its called the copycat effect. it simply says that if the news covers one mass shooting shooter, it increases the likelihood of another person going on a mass shooting.10/25/2014 - 12:00am
Andrew EisenAgreed. It bugs me that I know the names, faces and personal histories of a bunch of mass shooters but I couldn't tell you the name of or recognize a photo of a single one of their victims.10/24/2014 - 11:51pm
AvalongodAgree with Quiknkold. @Mecha...if that worked we would have figured out how to prevent these long ago.10/24/2014 - 11:32pm
MechaCrashUnfortunately, you have to focus on the perpetrator to figure out the whys so you can try to prevent it from happening again.10/24/2014 - 10:55pm
quiknkoldpoor girl. poor victims. rather focus on them then the shooter. giving too much thought to the monster takes away from the victims.10/24/2014 - 10:15pm
Andrew EisenFor what it's worth, early reports are painting the motive as "he was pissed that a particular girl wouldn't date him."10/24/2014 - 10:12pm
quiknkoldwell then I suck as a man cause I ask for help when necessary :P10/24/2014 - 10:07pm
Technogeek(That said, mostly I was making the smartass evopsych comment because your post seemed like the kind of just-so story that has come to dominate 99% of its usage.)10/24/2014 - 10:04pm
TechnogeekHell, Liam Neeson built his modern career around it. Cultural factors likely play a far greater role than you appear willing to admit.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
TechnogeekSeriously, though, the idea of "because women are protectors and that's why they never commit school shootings" is, at best, grossly overreductive. There's nothing inherently feminine about being willing to kill in order to protect one's offspring.10/24/2014 - 10:03pm
MechaCrashThe "toxic masculinity" thing refers to how you have to SUCK IT UP AND BE A MAN because seeking help is seen as weakness, which means you suck at manliness, so it builds and builds and builds until something finally snaps.10/24/2014 - 10:01pm
quiknkoldthere, I'm done. And thats what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldand I am not spouting Evopsych, technogeek. tbh I never heard the phrase till you said it. I'm going off my observations.10/24/2014 - 9:54pm
quiknkoldmoreover, the guy who did this isnt even white. He was native american according to the news report I read. Also that he went for a specific target. That's a much different picture than a certain Sandy Hook guy who will not be named10/24/2014 - 9:53pm
 

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