June 14th, 2009 11:58 PM
Miami cat killer caught
Awhile back someone posted a story about someone mutilating and killing cats around the Miami area; well it looks like he has been caught.
The rest of the story 18-year old charged in Florida cat mutilations :: WRAL.com
18-year old charged in Florida cat mutilations
MIAMI — A teenager faces charges in a gruesome string of cat mutilations and killings that have horrified his neighbors and shaken animal lovers in two South Florida communities.
Tyler Hayes Weinman, 18, was charged Sunday with 19 counts each of animal cruelty and improperly disposing of an animal body and four counts of burglary related to the deaths.
In the past month, residents in the Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay neighborhoods have reported finding the bodies of more than two dozen cats. Police said some were likely killed by dogs. Some were missing fur - neighbors said some had been skinned - and appeared to have been cut with a sharp, straight instrument, police said.
"I hope it's not true," 77-year-old Robert Ehrman said about the teen, who lives across the street from her in Cutler Bay. He called his mother a "lovely person," but said he didn't know the teen well. "It's like a death in the family, I'm sure."
Weinman was taken into custody at a party and was being questioned at Miami-Dade police headquarters. Four of the confirmed cat killings were reported on the street where Weinman lived.
His attorney, David W. Macey, said in an e-mail that Weinman is innocent of the charges.
"Tyler welcomes his day in court, so that he will be completely vindicated," Macey said.
According to online jail records, Weinman was being held on $154,500 bond. Jail officials said a court date was been set for July.
The curtains at the small, beige house in the Cutler Bay neighborhood listed on Weinman's arrest affidavit were drawn shut and there were no cars in the driveway. Knocks at the red front door went unanswered. A welcome mat dotted with pictures of paw prints playfully encouraged visitors to "wipe your paws," and a yellow and black crime watch sticker was displayed in the home's front window.
Hantzis, who said his father dates Weinman's mother, called the teenager quiet and well-spoken. Authorities said Weinman was spending his summer doing odd jobs, and his Facebook page says he graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High this spring.
Police said Weinman was twice arrested as a juvenile, though they said they could not provide details.
Hantzis said he had a hard time picturing the teen as a serial cat killer.
"I don't think, the way he acts and his demeanor, I don't think he could physically do it," he said.
Ah yes just another poor misguided good boy.
Last edited by msgt/ret; June 14th, 2009 at 11:59 PM.
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June 15th, 2009 12:07 AM
This kid sounds like another "Jeffrey Dahmer" in the making.
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June 15th, 2009 12:41 AM
He's been questioned and now charged.
Anyone know what the purported evidence is? The article is a bit slim on details.
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June 15th, 2009 03:09 AM
On one hand, it's sad, this is a kid with his whole potential life in front of him. On the other hand, I hope it IS him, because I hope they caught whomever was doing this, so they can lock him up and make sure he doesn't "graduate"from kitties to people!
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June 15th, 2009 08:50 AM
Not much but I am guessing a combination of LEO foot work, and MySpace research.
Originally Posted by ccw9mm
Online postings led police to suspect in cat killings - South Florida - MiamiHerald.com
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June 15th, 2009 09:47 AM
Sounds like the Leo's had their eyes on him for a few weeks. Hopefully, they built a strong case.
Assuming they have caught the correct person, I hope he doesn't see any daylight in his 20's...I am glad he is an adult.
June 15th, 2009 10:15 AM
Back in the seventies, I was a Sheriff’s deputy and responded to an arson fire of a vacant lot. Two young clean-cut boys had set fire to a cat as they watched it run around in the grass. I arrested the two kids who admitted to the felony, claiming they got the idea from a cartoon. The parents thought the ordeal was quite funny until later when they were fined and their sons’ were convicted of cruelty to animals. Us humans are the most vicious creatures that have ever stepped foot on this planet.
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June 15th, 2009 11:10 AM
I wouldn't take it that far.
Originally Posted by Saber
June 15th, 2009 12:03 PM
Sadly, I would. We are capable of both great good and evil.
Originally Posted by Tombstone55
June 15th, 2009 12:35 PM
I would as well, and amongst specific members of the insect kingdom there is great cruelty but even still we humans take top honors....IMHO.
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June 15th, 2009 01:11 PM
Agree as well, I see it on a daily bases.
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June 15th, 2009 01:59 PM
I also agree. That is the result of our fallen nature. Cruelty in the animal world is instinct and for self preservation. Cruelty in the human world is typically neither.
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June 15th, 2009 11:11 PM
Killing those kitties in the horrible ways they were is not the biggest problem here. This kid has one of the major "flaws" that makes serial killers.
Has he been a fire starter?? Did he or does he still wet the bed into his teen years?? What else has he done. McDonald triad can't be forgotten.
I saw the kid's picture....reminds me of a young Ted Bundy.
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June 15th, 2009 11:21 PM
I don't agree. Dogs, wolves, all the cats, weasels, mink, etc are known to kill for fun.
Originally Posted by Paco
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