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Vic LARRY WEBER: 33-year-old murdered in Rowville, Vic - 2002

Discussion in 'Australia: Cold Cases' started by Lily, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member


    Whoever killed Weber took minutes to do what could have been executed in seconds, starting with a series of knife nicks, as if to goad him into defending himself. The humiliation turned into a stabbing frenzy that ended with Weber's throat cut and his skull split by the force of blows. Then, when the quiet computer technician was dead, lying in the gutter, the killer took his victim's car keys and ran over the bleeding body with his blue Hyundai.

    Was it a crude attempt to make a savage murder look like a road accident - or a final degradation devised by a mind twisted by revenge fantasies? Either way, it meant less chance of DNA evidence being left on the killer's own car.

    This was no drug deal gone wrong. Not some dispute between criminals warring over black money. It happened in a residential street in the outer suburbs, and the main players seemed to be ordinary suburban people, living respectable workaday lives.


    When homicide detectives first took the case, the only evidence pointed to one man. They found it overwhelming - but overwhelmingly circumstantial. Nothing has changed in the past eight years.

    A homicide detective told the coroner the only suspect was the man who had stalked Weber for months.


    Murdered man feared he was being stalked

    LARRY Weber just wanted to settle down, get married and have children.

    His sister, Anita, described him as having "lived a very simple life".

    In October 2001, the 33-year-old began dating Lynda Slawinski, who had just broken up with her former flame, Craig Gorman.

    Mr Weber and Ms Slawinski met at work — Utili-Mode Power Company — where he was in IT and she in customer relations.

    But in the six months leading up to his May 2002 murder, Mr Weber became convinced that he was being stalked and harassed by Mr Gorman. Ms Slawinski broke up with Mr Weber after three months and in February 2002 resumed a relationship with Mr Gorman.

    Ms Slawinski told the Coroners Court she found Mr Gorman "possessive and jealous".

    "Craig had what I would call a Jekyll and Hyde personality," she said. "If something made him angry, it was instantly obvious, even to the stage that his eyes would bulge."

    Ms Slawinski said Mr Gorman "hated Larry, big time".

    "Craig thought Larry was a dag and say, 'Why are you going out with him, he's really ugly' . . . He always found something negative to say about Larry."

    Ms Slawinski said Mr Gorman had once confronted Mr Weber, but Mr Weber didn't fight back.

    "Larry was so scared of Craig that he had an action plan in case Craig turned up . . . He also showed me where he kept a lump of wood in the carport in case Craig came over," she said.

    After one of many break-ups with the possessive Gorman, Lynda had a drink with Weber at a Blackburn pub on December 21, 2001. She was with him in his car outside her parents' house that night when Gorman drove up. According to her police statement next day, Gorman opened the door of Weber's Hyundai, abused her, then attacked Weber.

    Slawinski later told police Gorman pinned Weber's hands and punched him, breaking a tooth, before she jumped in between them. Gorman, whose account differed in key details, was charged with assault.

    Gorman was determined the charges be dropped. He offered cash, but when Weber refused, police believe Gorman began to stalk and harass him - and kept up his pursuit of Slawinski.

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    Lily Bronze Member

    Coroner 'not satisfied' prime suspect Craig Gorman was involved in the death of Larry Weber

    Norrie Ross, HeraldSun
    October 26, 2010

    THE PRIME suspect in a vicious murder has escaped blame after a coroner today found there is insufficient evidence he stabbed his love rival.
    Coroner John Olle said there needed to be "clear, cogent and exact'' proof that jealous speech therapist Craig Gorman stabbed Larry Weber to death, and then used the victim's car to run over the body.

    Mr Olle said Mr Gorman had assaulted Mr Weber previously and begged him not to go to the police, and lied about what he was doing on the night of the killing.

    Mr Gorman also refused to give evidence at the inquest into Mr Weber's death on the grounds that it might incriminate him.

    But a massive police investigation was unable to discover any forensic or other evidentiary material to link Mr Gorman to the crime, which occurred outside Mr Weber's Rowville home on May 28, 2002.

    "I am not satisfied to the requisite standard that Mr Gorman was involved in the death of Larry Weber,'' Mr Olle said in his inquest finding.

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  3. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Police believe two Victorian cold case murders can be solved

    Police believe the person who contacted them over the callous death of Mr Weber on March 20 may be able to assist in identifying his killer or other people with direct knowledge of his death.

    After being taunted with dozens of knife flicks and slashes to the neck and face, Larry was repeatedly stabbed through the skull outside his Rowville home.

    His lifeless body was then dragged across the front lawn to a neighbour’s driveway.

    The killer then climbed into Larry’s own car, and drove over him.

    His broken and bloodied body was found by a passing motorist some time later.

    His throat had been slashed and his skull split open.

    +Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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