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Robert Dean WEEKS





Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: "Bluebeard" slayer of wife and fiancées who left him - The bodies were never found
Number of victims: 3 - 4
Date of murders: 1968 / 1980 / 1981
Date of arrest: May 26, 1987
Date of birth: 1929
Victims profile: Patricia Weeks (his first wife) / Cynthia Jabour, 41 (fiancee) / Jim Shaw (Weeks' former business partner) / Carol Ann Riley, 43 (fiancee)
Method of murder: ???
Location: Nevada/California, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison without parole on two counts in Nevada, 1988

An Alabama native, born in 1929, Weeks graduated from Mississippi Southern College in 1952, after working his way through school as a mortician and parachute stuntman. 

Two years later, he married his first wife, Patricia, in Minneapolis, moving to Las Vegas in 1955. Weeks prospered there, opening the city's first limousine service in 1960, but his pathological jealousy made Patricia a virtual prisoner at home, where she was frequently beaten, denied permission to even go grocery shopping alone. On one occasion, in a jealous rage, Weeks beat her elderly piano teacher. 

In 1968, Weeks finally agreed to a divorce, Patricia taking the family home and Cadillac in settlement, but she vanished that Aprils her car found abandoned at a local shopping center. Questioned by his daughters, Weeks informed them that their mother had abandoned them. 

Weeks sold his limo service in 1971 and married Waunice Hinkle, in Las Vegas, the following year. They were divorced in 1974, but Waunice survived the breakup, probably because of Weeks's new infatuation with 41 year-old Cynthia Jabour. 

They dated for the next six years, while Weeks maintained his life-style through the sale of phony stock -- almost a million dollars worth -- in sundry "paper" corporations. By the fall of 1980, Cynthia was anxious to be rid of Weeks, and she agreed to meet him for a final dinner date, October 5, to break the news that they were finished.

Her car was found next day, in a casino parking lot, but nothing more was seen of Cynthia Jabour. Interrogated by police, Weeks proved evasive, first agreeing to a polygraph exam, then fleeing the United States and surfacing in Chile. 

Weeks returned in 1981, by way of Houston, with a Libyan passport in the name of "Robert Smith." He set up shop in San Diego, launching a construction business, and in 1983 he met Carol Riley on a trip to Colorado, persuading the 43-year-old divorcee to join him in Southern California. 

Disillusioned with "Smith" over time, Riley was contemplating a break-up when she vanished on April 5, 1986, after a dinner date with Weeks. Her car was found abandoned in a hotel parking lot. Weeks moved to Tucson, as "Charles Stolzenberg," but he had already attracted national attention.

Profiled on an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries," aired by NBC television, Weeks was fingered by neighbors in Tucson and arrested on May 26, 1987. Charged with embezzlement in Arizona, he was held in lieu of $3 million bond. 

In April 1988, Weeks was convicted of murdering Patricia Weeks and Cynthia Jabour, in Las Vegas. Jurors fixed his punishment as life imprisonment without parole.

Michael Newton - An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers - Hunting Humans


Tv Solves Real-life Crime Tale Tale Of Missing People Spurs Fugitive's Arrest

May 28, 1987

A fugitive wanted for questioning in the disappearances of four people was arrested by police acting on tips from viewers of the nationally televised crime show Unsolved Mysteries, authorities said Wednesday.

Pima County Magistrate Walter Weber ordered Robert Weeks, 58, jailed under $3 million bond until a June 26 hearing to review his status.

Authorities said Weeks is wanted for questioning about the presumed killings of three women and a man over the past 18 years in California and Nevada, and Weber said Nevada already is seeking to extradite Weeks.

Weeks was arrested Tuesday after Tucson police got a dozen tips from viewers of Unsolved Mysteries, a program broadcast nationally by NBC on May 25 and carried by Tucson's KVOA-TV. The viewers in the Tucson area said Weeks resembles the suspect on the program, police said.

Weeks had been living alone since May 1986 in a Tucson neighborhood, using the alias of Charles F. Stoltzenberg, authorities said.

Police spokesman Paul Hallums said Detective Perry Lowe approached Weeks at a business where he worked and greeted him by saying, ''Hi, Robert.'' When Weeks responded, he was arrested.

The television program recounted the stories of three women who vanished after trying to break up with a man.

Jenny Grzelak, assignment editor for KVOA, said she received a call Tuesday morning from a woman who was dating Weeks and had been alerted by a friend who watched the one-hour NBC special.

The four missing people disappeared between 1969 and 1986. During that time, Weeks left the United States for three years, going to Tijuana, Mexico, and then Chile. He returned with a Libyan passport, detectives said.

Authorities held Weeks on an embezzlement warrant from Las Vegas. Police there wanted to question him about the disappearances of his ex-wife, Patricia Weeks, real estate agent Cynthia Jabour and Jim Shaw, Weeks' former business partner.

Weeks also was sought in California. San Diego police had questions about nurse Carol Ann Riley, 42, who vanished April 5, 1986.

None of the bodies have been found.



MO: "Bluebeard" slayer of wife and fiancées who left him

DISPOSITION: Life without parole on two counts in Nev., 1988.



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