The new guy always gets the toughest assignments, so I’m responding to searches on “cat murderer” with our opinion on the Cat Killer.
Since May 10 in the Miami ‘burbs of Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay, someone was killing innocent, trusting pet cats in unspeakable ways and leaving their mutilated bodies everywhere.
I myself grew up dodging crazy cat haters in the ‘hood as a stray until I found protection with caring shelter volunteers who weeded out wackos, so I can only imagine the terror and agony these poor kitties suffered in their last moments at the hands of a remorseless, butchering stranger.
After receiving tips and monitoring his Internet postings, particularly on the “Catch the Cat Killer!” Facebook group, the police arrested 18-year-old Tyler Weinman on June 14. Weinman lives in both towns, shuttling between divorced parents, and he “smirked” for his mug shot like this is a big joke.
Weinman faces 19 counts of felony animal cruelty, four charges of burglary, and 19 counts of improperly disposing of animal carcasses. He could get 158 years in prison, but we all know he won’t.
If he’d lured away 19 human toddlers, sliced and diced them, then tossed their gutted bodies on their parents’ front lawns, some with their faces cut off, he’d be smirking at a crazed lynch mob.
But some people think killing cats is no big deal. It’s just what boys do for fun.
If Weinman is guilty, he should be punished by cats — big cats. They’d play with him a long time before slowly shredding him.
There’s no description for his behavior except savage. The law of the jungle should apply.
But it won’t. If convicted, he’ll be out in a few years, just like dog torturer/murderer Michael Vick. These beloved cats will be forgotten until Weinman butchers a person and the victim’s family says, “If they’d kept this sick bastard in jail for killing cats, my (wife, child, husband) would still be alive today.”
The cats’ deaths are a warning to humans. You will be next if you don’t take this seriously.
6/17/09 UPDATE: Tyler Weinman is out of jail until his July 6 arraignment. The judge, in a decision she’ll regret if one more cat dies, decided Weinman’s not a theat. New details about the investigation have come out, including that Weinman is covered with scratches, which would indicate the cats put up a good fight before being slaughtered.