Monday, June 15, 2009

Serial Cat Killer Should Be Taken Seriously

I know some people don't think this is a serious crime, the serial killing of pet cats allegedly by teen Tyler Hayes Weinman, 18, but mental health professionals and researchers have long associated cruelty to animals with anti-social personality disorder. In other words, if you have a child who is cruel to your pets or others' pets and animals, you may be nurturing a sociopath or psychopath.
Pet owners and police began discovering disfigured cats May 13. One pet owner, Donna Gleason, said her family cat, Tommy, was "partially skinned" and left dead in her yard. ... Weinman, who works odd jobs but spends most of his time at home and unemployed, had been a person of interest for several weeks, Miller said. He was arrested Saturday.(CNN)
National Institutes of Health states, "Fire-setting and cruelty to animals during childhood are linked to the development of antisocial personality." At 18, Weinman is long past childhood and this is probably not the first time he's done something like this. It's this time he got caught.

The condition is associated with a lack of guilt or remorse. Harming animals is only the start. While people who have anti-social disorder may not escalate to harming people, under circumstances that seem to benefit them, for instance to get money or to not be caught, they will kill humans. However, their crimes aren't always violent. A CEO who raids a company, knowing people will lose their life savings but not caring may also be a sociopath.

Weinman needs, help, you most likely think. Sadly, there may be no help. As one psychologist has said this is more about cruelty than craziness. The person is just mean, lacking a conscience. No human cure for that.

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Lets_get_it_together said...

I agree 100%, this a horrific crime. I don't know how a "human being" could do these things. What is the answer to these egregious acts? Harsher penalties? More psychiatric facilities? Aren't you tired of reading/seeing one depressing story after another, like I am? There's gotta be just as many good stories as bad, right?

msladydeborah said...

I think it should be taken seriously. Especially since I like cats as pets.

This young man has issues. There is no doubt about that in my mind.

Pets are important to pet owners. I can only imagine how traumatic it has been for owners who have discovered their kitty was tortured to death.

He needs help and our society at large needs to be protected from him.

Vérité Parlant said...

I have cat and a dog. My cat is a small tortoiseshell who's asleep across from me on the love seat right now. I don't want to imagine how I'd feel if someone tortured and murdered either of my pets.

Thank you both, LGIT and Deborah, for your comments.

T.Kenttämaa said...

I like cats as pets as well, I have one, but 158 years in prison... oh my god, that´s too much, of course there is something wrong between his ears, I agree, but U.S. penaltysystem is TOO hard, what´s wrong with you americans...?? In my country cats are cats, not humans, and the penalties are much more smaller than yours...! I live in Finland, and I don´t like that at all...