John Radavich is an American citizen convicted of first degree murder for the September 2016 death of Robert Tester, nephew to Montana Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT).
For months, the case remained unsolved until Radavich called a friend in Texas and admitted to killing Tester. During their conversation, Radavich also mentioned using a “knight’s sword,” according to court documents.
Early Life and Education
John Radavich, a renowned Seattle real-estate developer who passed away last December, was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. As a longtime parishioner of St. Monica Catholic Church where he served on its council, John was well known for his quick wit and insightful observations.
He earned a reputation for being an exemplary philanthropist, supporting organizations such as Sammamish’s Eastside Catholic School and Xavier College Preparatory High School.
He was also a volunteer at Atlantic Street Center, an organization that serves homeless men and women in Seattle. Additionally, he was part of the University of Washington alumni association.
He was arrested after one of his friends came forward with a taped confession to police. At 22 years old, the 22-year-old was then charged with the murder of Robert Tester – nephew to Senator Jon Tester of Montana – whom police identified as their target.
John Radavich had a diverse professional career. He began as an artist, but eventually transitioned into photography and cinematography.
He is a highly acclaimed cinematographer, having earned 8 Emmy awards and 10 nominations over the last twelve years. Additionally, he has directed numerous documentaries and commercials.
One of his greatest contributions to the industry was creating HBO’s 24/7 series, which documented an athlete’s day-to-day life across all sports such as boxing and auto racing. This revolutionized sports documentary and earned many awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Achievements and Honors
Wikipedia states he’s been an influential member of his community since pre-college days and has amassed considerable wealth along the way. Aside from his impressive salary, he owns numerous assets ranging in value from several million dollars to five figures. One prized possession is his Mercedes-Benz Gleam luxury vehicle; he loves finding great deals on used cars as well. Nowadays he resides in Spokane with his wife of 10 years, furry friend and pup of the year, all as part of a growing family unit.
John Radavich murdered his former girlfriend’s boyfriend in an unsolved revenge killing, police reported. He confessed to the crime during a phone call with police, authorities said.
Robert Tester, the nephew of Montana Senator Jon Tester, was brutally stabbed to death at his home in Spangle, Washington in September 2016. His 8-year-old daughter was present at the time according to court documents.
On the night of Tester’s murder, a sheriff’s detective discovered text message exchanged between Radavich’s ex-girlfriend and another man that hadn’t been shared with her defense team for review, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno noted on Wednesday.
John Radavich boasts a net worth of $1 million. He earned this wealth through directing feature films such as ‘The Last Man on Earth’, ‘Seasons of Fear’ and ‘Fight Club’, in addition to acting. In 2016, Radavich was arrested on suspicion of killing Robert Tester – nephew to Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). Court documents state that on September 5, 2016, Radavich fatally wounded Tester with a firewood splitting maul. Months later he told friends that he committed murder because he had abused his 17-year-old girlfriend.
On the second day of testimony in the case of Tester’s murder, a mistrial was declared. The prosecutor had asked the jury to consider if someone can be killed in self-defense and if the victim knowingly consented to being killed.