OMAHA, NE—Wacky morning DJ Dave "The Davester" Fayhem, host of "Hot" 103.1 FM's "Fayhem In The A.M.," vowed to radio listeners throughout the greater Omaha metropolitan area Monday that he "will not rest" until he hunts down the scum that killed his partner, avenging his memory with vigilante wacky-morning-DJ justice.
"I cannot give up this quest, no matter how far down the hole it takes me," Fayhem said, his voice quavering with barely controlled rage. "That man was my partner for over 13 weeks, and I let him down. When I find the sons of bitches that did this, they're going to wish they were never born."
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Fayhem's partner, wacky morning sidekick Bobby "The Brain" Thomason, renowned throughout the Omaha area for his outrageous listener wake-up gags and uncanny celebrity impressions, was shot five times in the chest Friday during a live, on-location broadcast from Jerry Starkweather Lincoln-Mercury on Rayburn Road and I-14.
Thomason was killed while his partner was away on a bathroom break, a fact Fayhem said will forever haunt him. "I'll never forgive myself for taking that bathroom break. I left my partner all alone. I left him to read the previous night's David Letterman Top 10 List all by himself, without any backup," he said, choking back tears. "I should've been there for him. It should've been me who took those bullets, not Bobby."
"I'll never forget his last words to me," continued Fayhem, his glare turning steely. "He said to me, 'Whoa! Let's not even go there, big guy.' Well I'm going there, all right: I'm going straight to hell."
Fayhem, who relocated to the Omaha radio market in 1991 to work as a sidekick for then-Hot 103 morning DJ Doug Danger, called the death of his partner a "sick, sick, goofy, sick tragedy."
Fayhem described his partner's absence from their popular morning show as "devastating," given how much the program relied upon the pair's exchange of rapid-fire, irreverent, "in-your-face" banter.
As a means of coping, Fayhem has taken to drinking heavily, and has increasingly begun to use recycled material from such novelty-song stalwarts as "Weird Al" Yankovic, Napoleon XIV and Ray Stevens, creator of "Ahab The Arab," "The Streak," and "Guitarzan," instead of generating his own fresh material.
"When those human pieces of garbage killed Bobby, they robbed his wife and daughter of a man who would have done anything for them, a man whose shoes they weren't fit to touch," Fayhem said. "I owe it to Linda and little Janie to find the worthless punks who did this and give them a taste of their own medicine. It's time to teach those scumbags the meaning of the word revenge."
His search for the killer growing more obsessive with each passing day, Fayhem has made countless on-air phone calls to lowlifes and suspicious characters throughout Omaha's seedy underbelly, verbally strong-arming them for information about the murder. On several occasions, Fayhem has subjected those who refuse to talk to trivia questions, Michael Jackson impressions and regional humor until they finally break down.
"Fayhem is a wacky morning man on a mission," Omaha chief of police Gene O'Halloran said. "To him, this isn't just another murder, it's personal. Real personal. In fact, I warned him that if he doesn't ease back a little bit, I'm seriously considering taking him off the case."
But Fayhem has shown no signs of letting up. "When I catch up to those bastards—and I will—it's gonna be payback time," he said. "When I get through with them, they'll wish they never heard the words, 'Yo, dudes and dudettes, this is the Davester, and you're flying without a net on 'Fayhem In The A.M' on Omaha's Hot 103-FM.'"