Chef slow cooks his wife, found guilty

A chef who boiled his wife’s body for four days to hide  evidence of her death was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday.

In a recorded interrogation presented  by prosecutors during the trial, David Viens, 49, can be heard saying he cooked the body of  his 39-year-old wife, Dawn, in late 2009 until little was left but her skull, according to FoxDFW.

The chef spoke  to authorities from a hospital bed in March 2011 after leaping off an 80-foot  cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes. Authorities say he jumped after learning he was a  suspect in her disappearance.

The  trial relied heavily on recorded interviews with authorities in which the chef  acknowledged the crime in detail.

“I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four  days,” Viens could be heard saying on the recording.

Viens, who attended his trial in a wheelchair, said in the  interview that he stuffed his wife’s body in a 55-gallon drum of boiling water  and kept it submerged with weights.

He said he mixed what remained after four days with other  waste, dumping some of it in a grease pit at his restaurant in Lomita, and  putting the rest in the trash.

He  said he stashed his wife’s skull in his mother’s attic in Torrance. But a search  of the house turned up nothing, nor did an excavation of the restaurant.

On the recording played in court,  Viens was asked what happened on Oct. 18, 2009, the night his wife  disappeared.

He said he had noticed  money missing from his restaurant and suspected his wife. They got into an  argument, he said, and he forced her onto the floor where he wrapped her up and  put a piece of duct tape over her mouth before going to bed.

He awoke to find her dead and panicked, he said.

Viens had pleaded not guilty.

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