My sister, Cathy Sue Weaver, was raped and beaten to death in her suburban Orlando, FL home on August 27, 2001. Her killer then set her home on fire with the intent of destroying any evidence.
Six months prior to her murder, Sue had contracted with Burdine’s, a premier FL department store, to have the air ducts in her home cleaned. Unbeknownst to her, both of the men sent on the service call had criminal records. One of the men was a twice-convicted sex offender on parole. Six months after the service work was completed, Jeffrey Hefling returned to Sue’s home to rape and murder her.
Sue’s murder is not an isolated case. Tragically, many consumers are sexually assaulted and murdered each year by employees whose jobs allow them access to their victims. The Sue Weaver CAUSE, Consumer Awareness of Unsafe Service Employment, has been founded in Sue’s memory to promote education and awareness to the dangers of not knowing who you hire. CAUSE’s national awareness campaign educates consumers, employers and legislators on the necessity of proper annual criminal background checks on workers entering our homes or working with the vulnerable populations.