Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

A Lifetime of Prison Food for Chef Who Slow-Cooked Wife?

Over three days of deliberations, jurors picked over the verdict form like it was a menu at the Thyme Contemporary Cafe where chef David Viens allegedly slow-cooked his wife Dawn Viens’ corpse to get rid of the evidence. On Thursday, the panel came to its decision: Guilty of second-degree murder.

LA Chef Admits to Slow Cooking Wife, Now He’s in Hot Water

In one of the most macabre twists in recent courtroom history, jurors heard an audiotape of accused wife-killer David Viens admitting that he not only killed his wife Dawn, but disposed of her body by cooking her slowly for four days at the restaurant where he worked as chef.

Accused Chef Confessed to Slow Cooking Wife’s Remains

David Viens told investigators that when his wife died after a domestic dispute, he used his remarkable culinary skills to liquefy her remains and dispose of them with the grease from the traps in his restaurant.

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