The Weaver family: 2 killers, 1 accused

Serial killer Ward Weaver, left, and his son, Francis Weaver, who is accused in a Canby killing (ODOC/Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)
Serial killer Ward Weaver, left, and his son, Francis Weaver, who is accused in a Canby killing (ODOC/Clackamas County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In August 2002, Francis Weaver turned in his stepfather, Ward Weaver, for the murders of Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis. He did that after he learned Ward raped his girlfriend.

“I need to be put over to the FBI,” Francis Weaver said that day when he called 911. “I need to tell them about my father and the girls.”

That day, he also said, “From now on, my family will be known for doing what’s right.”

Two years later, Francis Weaver was arrested for armed robbery. Now he’s accused of killing a man in Canby in a drug deal that turned violent.

Francis Weaver is now the third person in his family to be accused of murder. His stepfather is serving a life sentence for murdering the Oregon City girls. And Ward Weaver’s father was convicted of murder in 1981.

Mental health counselor Michael Buys told KOIN 6 News three generations of killers is highly unusual. He said the trauma Francis went through possibly played a role in how his life has turned.

“We’re all shaped in some part by our experiences,” he said.

Buys also said genetics can play a role in sociopathic tendencies, but in this case Francis is not the biological son of Ward.

In 2002, Francis said Ward “showed me a lot of pain and a lot of hatred towards me, but also in life he showed me a lot of love.”

Francis Weaver is one of three people accused in the shooting death of Edward Spangler on Feb. 16 in Canby. Spangler’s SUV hit a power pole and his body was found outside the car, but the medical examiner ruled he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

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