Chef 'Slow Cooked' Wife's Body for Days: Cops
Dawn Viens' body was never found
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2012 12:01 AM CDT
David Viens poses in a snapshot with his wife.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Investigators say a southern California chef has confessed he "slow cooked" his wife's body for days in 2009, then disposed of the remains. "For some reason I just got violent," David Viens, a chef who ran a restaurant in Lomita, told cops. He said he bound wife Dawn's hands and feet and covered her mouth with duct tape, and the next morning she was dead, according to investigators. Viens then stuffed her body in a 55-gallon drum of boiling water, they testified yesterday in Viens' trial. "I just slowly cooked it, and I ended up cooking her for four days," Viens said in a taped police interview played for the jury. He mixed what remained with other waste and dumped it, reports the Los Angeles Times. Viens has pleaded not guilty; Dawn's body was never found.

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Sep 19, 2012 9:06 PM CDT
He can simmer on death row for years to come then burn in hell !
Sep 19, 2012 3:52 PM CDT
C'mon folks get it. He admitted cooking her. That's only the crime of corpse mutilation or disposing of evidence. He didn't say he killed her. I picture him saying " I tied her, I covered her mouth with tape. She was breathing (when I went out to the bar). I found her dead in the morning." In his mind that's not murder. Probably her fault for going and dying on him. Alright, I am being flippant. Stories like this are horrid actually. They leave me wide eyed at the depravity in human nature. If I believed in life after I'd say "may she rest in peace".
Sep 19, 2012 3:19 PM CDT
Wait a minute. You confess to slow cooking your wife, and then, plead "not guilty"?