Courts & Crime

Nineteen-year-old tortured, killed in Bethel Alaska

Two men killed a Hooper Bay teenager in Bethel after tying him to a table saw and beating him for at least a day, according to documents that prosecutors filed in court Friday. Bethel police say the "brutal and vicious" torture and subsequent murder are among the worst violence they've seen.

Bethel residents Jeffrey Hout, 46, and Harry Williams, 32, are charged with first-degree murder. They are accused of beating 19-year-old Benjamin J. Kaiser to death.

Kaiser was tied, naked, to the saw as early as Tuesday morning and was still alive when one of the accused men and another man untied him Wednesday morning, according witness accounts in a police report filed in court.

"Suffice it to say, in 31 years of investigating hundreds of homicides, this ranks in the top 10 for the amount of violence involved on another human being prior to his death," Bethel police chief Larry Elarton told The Tundra Drums newspaper.

Read the complete story at