How could this go on?

United States
June 15, 2009 12:18pm CST
Here in Miami, there have been more than three dozen cats killed in a nice neighborhood lately. For weeks, there have been news reports of cats killed, mutilated and "posed" on their owners' lawns. A small percentage were determined to have been killed by roaming dogs, but there was no question that most were the work of a serial killer. Last night, police announced that they had found the culprit. He's an 18 year-old boy who was very active in the area's hunts for the killer. Police found evidence on his Facebook and Myspace accounts that helped them track him down. There were pictures of his house on the news, and there were stickers on the windows from organizations that save cats from fires and other harm. Now the police say they've been watching this young man for several weeks. If they had an idea he was the killer for several weeks, how could it go on for so long? Many people's lives have been torn up because they and their friends have lost beloved pets. Yet, the killings continued for weeks on end. Today's news has video of the kid in court, wearing a special jacket for those on suicide watch and claiming to speak to a lawyer who isn't there. He's clearly setting up an insanity defense. Why did this continue for so long?
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
16 Jun 09
Hey cobrateacher! I had just gotten off the phone with a very close friend of mine who had heard the story on the news! When she told it to me in more detail I was sick! That miserable kid should be skinned alive just like he did to these poor cats! I wish they would skin him and mutilate him the way he tortured these poor animals! I believe in an eye for an eye and even more so when defenseless animals are harmed! And this phuck is going for the insanity plea! No phucking way should he be allowed to get off that easily! Yes, he is insane, but no we shouldn't accept the plea! Torture his phucking azz! I'm so sorry for my vulgarity and rant, but I am a cat person who will not ever rest until someone like this is punished the way they should be! I really am sorry Joanne, but I am crying for those sweet cats that he killed in such a horrific way! Please forgive me, Leslie
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• United States
16 Jun 09
Hi, Opal! I'm allergic to cats, but no less horrified by this kid's actions. I hope this doesn't come across wrong, but he's very much a spoiled rich kid. He thinks he's above all the rules we ordinary folks must follow, and he wanted control and attention. My friend's son graduated from the same school as this jerk a couple of weeks ago, and he said the guy's attitude is so "I'm better" that it's ridiculous. So I guess he enjoyed manipulating the whole town. Yucchhh!
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
16 Jun 09
Hello cobrateacher, hope you are doing fine. This is my first time reading this news and thanks for sharing. Boy...either that he is really insane, or he is just using that as an alibi for someone (perhaps a lawyer?) has advised him on how to cover his deeds. I think that's so sick; to kill animals whom are harmless and do not have anything done to him. Curious though about his upbringing like are his parents nice people or like him too and all that. This is really sick; I really hate animals being tortured and killed. My heart goes out to all those pet owners whom are super depressed with the loss of their pets.
• United States
16 Jun 09
Hi, Zed! A lot of people who know the family have said they're wonderful people, and nobody can seem to imagine what went wrong. My friend's son graduated with the creep a couple of weeks ago, and he says the boy's just another spoiled rich kid who thinks he's above everyone else. His lawyer says he's absolutely not guilty. Of course, that's no surprise. I'm still bothered about the police taking so long!
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
17 Jun 09
That's certainly strange. Perhaps he does really have a certain kind of disorder. But why animals, that's puzzling too. I've read somewhere that in some cases (not sure if this boy counts), they will start being psychotic towards animals first. And scarily, move on to humans. I hope that doesn't ever happen and he will be sent to a mental ward or just serve jail time for his bad offense.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
16 Jun 09
I am a cat lover...and my first response was repulsion and anger. But since I know the psychology of this type of behavior...and realize that this boy is suffering and screaming for help with his actions...my heart is broken for him as well. And hopefully he will get the help he needs if it is not already to late.
• United States
16 Jun 09
There are very vocal support groups on both sides. Some feel bad for the boy and others for the victims. A University of Miami psychiatrist explained that this was not in the nature of a cry for help, but he couldn't explain until the trial. I think this is something I need to see!
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
16 Jun 09
How sick someone has to be to act as a serial cat killer? I was reading the news several times, sad news about very brutal killing. This kid needs to be separate from society, before he kills more animals or people. Yes, very good question about police actions, they should not wait.... And how sick smoeone could be to place evidence on Facebook or Myspace...?
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• United States
16 Jun 09
Every newscast shows people who are sure he couldn't be guilty because he's such a nice young man from a nice family. Seems like that's what everyone thinks every time -- until the evidence comes to light.
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@carolbee (16243)
• United States
16 Jun 09
How sick and how sad. Guess the police wanted to be 100% sure they had the right person. Will he get more than a slap on the hand? Hopefully he serves some jail time since this is so pitiful. Feel bad for the cat owners. This is the way Jeffrey Dahmer began his distorted life of killing.
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• United States
16 Jun 09
It just seems impossible that, when they say they have massive amounts of evidence, it could have taken so long! This kid clearly needs more than a slap on the wrist!
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• United States
15 Jun 09
Whoa! That guy's sick. Is he crazy killing 36 cats like that. His parents should've realized something was wrong with this guy and should've put him in a mental rehab clinic or something.
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• United States
15 Jun 09
Reports say he's been arrested before, but for the usual teenage things -- music too loud and such.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
16 Jun 09
This is so sad!! I saw something about that in today's paper but I didn't read it. I feel so sorry for the cats and their owners. What puzzles me is why this boy would want to take part in the hunt for the serial killer when he's the killer himself. He must have been really sick. I'm just glad he was caught at least. Did the humane society have anything to say about this? Kathy.
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• United States
16 Jun 09
Hi, Kathy! They said he wanted to be in on the hunt so he could see how everyone was reacting, and how much control he had over them.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
17 Jun 09
After reading all these responses, it sounds like he's something worse than a control freak. Kathy.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I am sorry for everyone's loss, not just of the horribly tortured cats, but the loss of a sense of safety and the horror. We saw the article in the paper. Maybe the police were trying to link him and trying to get money to follow him. I don't know. Yes, strange how he was sane enough to participate in the searches. Often serial killers do participate in searches, they want to know how close the police are and to try to tamper with evidence to get other people set up to take the blame. Also they like to hear and see more about their own crime. Yes, setting himself up for an insanity plea, most likely.
• United States
15 Jun 09
It's hard to see any reason for it to have taken so long. People everywhere donated to a rather large fund for the capture of the killer. And the suffering of pet owners was a genuine horror! I know people who were afraid to walk their pets, let alone let them out.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I would be terrified that something horrible would happen to my cat.
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@meyows (438)
• India
16 Jul 09
Oh my god, serial killer, killing cat is a sin. then those many creatures, what's wrong with him. He needs some treatment.
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• United States
17 Jul 09
The TV news showed part of an interview with detectives a couple of days ago. I actually became ill after I heard it. He said he enjoyed the sounds of meows combined with screams, and there's nothing like the sound made as he skinned them alive and the skin came lose from the bodies. This guy needs treatment similar to what Hannibal Lecter got in Silence of the Lambs before he escaped!
@lulu1220 (1010)
• United States
17 Jun 09
I feel so bad for the cats and their owners. It is said that serial killers usually start with killing and torturing animals before they move onto people. I wonder how much punishment he will get for this? If and when he gets out, will be be more of a danger to society?
• United States
18 Jun 09
The kid's out on bail now, and his father and his lawyer say he is absolutely not guilty. If the police have all the evidence they claim, he'll either be convicted or the family's wealth will help him get away with it.
• United States
16 Jun 09
It is our justice system. Unless they have without a doubt and evidence that this person was the culprit they can not do a thing. Too many people have been let loose who actually did the dirty deeds because of stupid loopholes or lawyers better than the ones on the side of the innocent. This is the system. Good, bad or indifferent, it is the only system we have - the unfortunate thing is that if we did not have the system we have - then people's rights would not be taken into consideration. It is unfortunate that these wonderful animals (cats) lives were taken from their beloved owners. I have two cats and in the past have taken in animals so that they would have a home only to later find them better places to live. Many people have tried the insanity plea. Many judges,lawyers and juries are on to them and it takes more than talking to an imagined lawyer to get an insanity plea. When my exhusband beat me up, he tried the insanity plea or the plain not in the right mind plea. It did not work. He did get placed in a program only to be shipped later after the program was over to the 'pen'. I pray for those that have losted their loved ones and the friends and families that support them in their time of need. Hopefully in this case he will be tried and sent to the best place for him. Keep us posted on this case. I am curious as to what happens. Most likely he will get a slap on the wrist, put on probation and placed in a program in which he will be made to get help.
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• United States
16 Jun 09
Nobody will really know what's best until the trial has brought out all the evidence, but I can't imagine how anyone could justify giving him little or no punishment.
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@billzehua (573)
• China
26 Jun 09
freak!being that i m not that into a cat as my own child,probably coz i have raised them, but cats are adorable!! when try to stand upfront you as we human stands, look into your eyes like an innocent kid, how you can be that tough enough to hurt one bit of them!Things happen here in China as well. Fashinable ladies treaded on cats with their high heels, not a bit of match with their adorable appearance!
• China
26 Jun 09
mistake, have not raise them
• United States
27 Jun 09
The kid they arrested has cats he loves. Apparently, he just thought this was a good way to terrorize people, in a way taking control of them.