Chef Slow-Cooks Wife
It was only a matter of time before I brought you a WTF news story from my own backyard in Los Angeles. I’m going to throw this out there right now: if you have a weak stomach, you should probably leave this page and go read about dog shaming or something equally funny and cute. For the rest of you twisted folk, let’s proceed with the macabre story, which is gaining more and more attention as the trial proceeds.
On the night of October 18, 2009, David Viens and his wife Dawn had a terrible argument. Finally fed up, he taped her mouth and bound her feet. He claims it was to prevent her from “driving around wasted, whacked out on coke, and drinking.” He was panicked to find the next day that Dawn had died in the bound and gagged position. That is absolutely terrible… but that’s not even half of the story. You see, instead of simply calling the police and turning himself in, David came up with a brilliant (and disgusting) way to dispose of the body.
At the time of Dawn’s untimely death, David was the chef and owner of Thyme Cafe in Torrance, California, located in the South Bay of Los Angeles. In an interview with detectives, David simply explains, “I just slowly cooked it, and I ended up cooking her for four days.” David packed his wife’s 105 pound body into a container, using heavy weights to keep it submerged in the boiling water. He mixed the corpse with other various kitchen waste and poured everything down the grease pit located in Thyme Cafe’s kitchen. The other remains that would not cook down were packed away into trash bags and thrown away.
The only thing that remained of Dawn was her skull. David explained in the interview,”That’s the only thing I didn’t want to get rid of in case I wanted to leave it somewhere.” Uh… so where’s the skull? He claimed that he put it in his mother’s attic; but when investigators combed the location later that day, they found nothing. This is obviously not the first time investigators have torn apart locations close to David in search of evidence. Back in 2011, Thyme Cafe was dug up and searched, but nothing was found. Now we know exactly why police were unable to find Dawn’s remains. She was slow-cooked to mush and dumped down the drain.
David’s voice was alarmingly calm while he gave the interview, which was taken in March 2011, and used in court during the murder trial today. David listened to the tape in the courtroom along with the jurors, who appeared stunned and disgusted at the tape-recorded interview. The interviews were taken while David was in the hospital after attempting suicide when he learned that he was a suspect in Dawn’s disappearance. Apparently, he jumped off an 80-foot cliff… because that’s totally the behavior of an innocent man.
Wheelchair-bound David Viens is still pleading not guilty.