The River’s Edge – The Michael Weaving Version
The campsite on the edge of the Pomperaug River where Michael Weaving took his last breath is a peaceful place. Tall stands of oak, maple and pine trees create a shady canopy for the leafy forest floor, which slopes toward the river, a pristine tributary of the mighty Housatonic where trout gather in deep pools and canoeists paddle through rapids in the spring, summer and fall. The house, a two-story Cape with a view of the river, was abandoned years ago, judging by its condition. The gray, shingled roof has holes in places, the windows have no glass and graffiti is painted on the walls and door. Inside, the concrete floor is covered in mud, and there is an overturned sink in a corner by a fireplace, which is strewn with black ashes. On the floor near a filthy mattress — the same mattress where Eisenbach told police he laid Weaving after he and Curley burned him — are dozens of faded pictures of babies and toddlers; on the mattress is a Polaroid of a young man holding an infant. Investigators say the pictures were in the house when they found Weaving’s body buried in a shallow grave about 20 feet from the fire pit and Indian Chair. (an imposing granite rock that looks and functions like a chair) * excerpt from Source9
I had to start out with that well-written glimpse into the scene where the murder of Michael Weaving took place. Add Dennis Hopper into the mix and it’s got shades of the 1986 movie, “River’s Edge” written all over this crime. The movie features a group of teenage kids who go to the river’s edge to gawk at their dead classmate who’s lying completely naked after being strangled by “John”. The confession of how he wrapped his hands around her neck rang out as the others stood and gazed upon the soft grey death gaze that settled into they eyes that remained wide open.
Michael Weaving’s father reported him missing on a Thursday and by nightfall, the authorities had found a dead naked body laying in a shallow grave covered with a little dirt and debris. He had been missing for exactly a week before his body had been discovered. For most of Friday, the entire area was blocked off while police scoured the area for clues/evidence that may give them an idea as to who was responsible for the untimely death of this 24-yr-old.
I was raised by a coroner, I know what is involved in processing a crime scene with a dead body from that profession’s standpoint. So either the newspaper reporting this story got the days all screwed up or this story just gets stranger. Reportedly, the body of Michael was not taken from the scene until Sunday. Um, they discovered the body on Thursday. He had already been dead for approximately a week which would render him already pretty funky if you know what I mean. Unless it had been subzero in Connecticut, which it wasn’t even close because spring has finally sprung, that body would have started getting pretty gushy and gooey and bloated and doing all sorts of wonky things that could not have been prevented out in the damp and warm elements…what’s a few more nights under close observation, right? Please insert Dennis Hopper into this scene as I think he would have been awesome as the one who is either appointed or better yet, enthusiastically volunteers to watch over the decaying body taking, of course, the midnight shift. But seriously, what the fuck?
Meanwhile, the information the police gathered led them to one of the two men allegedly involved, Thomas Curley (21), a longtime friend of Weavers. That must have been some interview – after police left, Curley committed suicide in his home. Perfect scenario for 23-year-old David Eisenbach, the other friend allegedly present during some or all of Michael’s murder. How is it perfect? Blame the dead guy, of course!
David admitted to partying with Thomas and Michael. He stated he and Thomas started picking on him when he fell asleep after drinking and taking some prescription drugs by setting Michael’s sleeping bag on fire while he was in it, before or after he and Thomas poked him with redhot sticks. David also admitted to taking Michael into that house and placing his burned body on that fucking nasty mattress. Damn, imagine the infections he would have had – you know, if those two hadn’t killed him.
David also stated he and Thomas walked into the woods a little bit, smoked some weed and David decided to head on back to his home and that his adventurous and somewhat fucked in the head buddy Curly wanted to stay behind and torture the fucked up dude some more. Kids today have no sense of proportion. The next day, Eisenbach returned to the campsite and found Michael’s naked body in the fire pit, face smashed in and deader than a doornail. He called Curly. Imagining that conversation, “Hey, where are you man? Looks like Michael had a rough night. He’s laying here all naked and shit smothering that killer fire we built last night.” Well, whatever he said to Curley, Eisenbach told police Thomas’ reaction lacked surprise at the discovery…or outcome. “It’s your problem. Bring your tools over and take care of it.” There wasn’t a “Jesus Christ dude, he’s dead! What the fuck happened? I’m calling the cops.” Nope. This brainiac who clearly thought no one would ever follow that rotting flesh smell and discover the poorly buried body at a popular partying spot thought they could actually dig a small hole and everything would be cool as a spring breeze once more. Although Curly brought his tools from home and indeed did a shitty job of burying Michael’s body, he claimed he didn’t kill him and told David to take this information “to the grave”. Haha. Looks like Curly beat David to it. Coward.
David Eisenbach has been arraigned on aiding and abetting murder, first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, sale of narcotics, tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. Charge his ass with copyright infringement too.
Special thanks to Republican American Online for use of their wonderful pictures and coverage.
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