It’s the high profile, often gruesome cases that get a person’s
attention. In this one, CBS News reports that the 49-year-old chef David
Viens was just found guilty today of murder (probably first-degree homicide).
In 2009, he put his wife’s body in boiling water (presumably after
she was dead) and cooked her for four days.
The report does not indicate whether there was any other evidence against
David Viens, other than a recorded confession, in which Viens tells interrogators
what he did.
This confession was shown to the jury and the jury convicted him.
The confession, apparently, was delivered from a hospital bed, to which
Viens was confined after having jumped off a cliff after he found out
that the authorities fingered him as the suspect.
The report also does not describe the events leading up to his wife’s
death – only the gruesome method Viens used to dispose of her body.
She was only 39 years old at the time.
As we wrote at the top of this post, the high profile cases always get
the most attention, and are often referenced when condemning other people
who are accused of crimes.
But not everyone who is accused of a crime, or who is convicted of one,
is a “criminal” in the most gruesome sense. Most of them are
everyday people like you and me.
And even Viens deserved his day in court.