Russell Weston Jr., tortured and killed 12 cats: burned and cut off their tails, paws, ears; poured toxic chemicals in their eyes to blind them; forced them to ingest poison, hung them from trees (the noose loose enough to create a slow and painful death.) Later killed 2 officers at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
Jeffery Dahmer staked cats to trees and decapitated dogs. Later he
boys, and kept their body parts in the refrigerator. Murdered 17 men.
Kip Kinkle shot 25 classmates and killed several in Springfield, Oregon.
killed his father and mother. Said he blew up a cow once. Set a live cat on fire and dragged the innocent creature through the main street of town. Classmates rated him as "Most Likely to Start WWIII.
As a boy, Albert De Salvo, the "Boston Strangler," placed a dog and cat
crate with a partition between them. After starving the animals for days, he removed the partition to watch them kill each other. He raped and killed 13
women by strangulation. He often posed bodies in a shocking manner after their murders.
Richard Allen Davis set numerous cats on fire. He killed all of Polly
animals before abducting and murdering Polly Klaus, aged 12, from her bedroom.
11-year-old Andrew Golden and 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson tortured and killed dogs. On March 24, 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Golden and Johnson shot and killed 4 students and 1 teacher during a fire drill at their school.
After 16-year-old Luke Woodham mortally stabbed his mother, killed 2 classmates and shot 7 others, he confessed to bludgeoning his dog Sparkle with baseball bats and pouring liquid fuel down her throat and to set fire to her neck. "I made my first kill today," he wrote in his court-subpoenaed journal. "It was a loved one...I'll never forget the howl she made. It sounded almost human." In June 1998, Woodham was found guilty of 3 murders and 7 counts of aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 3 life sentences and an additional 20 years for each assault.
Theodore Robert Bundy, executed in 1989 for at least 50 murders, was
to witness a grandfather who tortured animals. Bundy later heaped graves with animal bones.
At 4-years-old, Michael Cartier dislocated the legs of rabbits and hurled
kitten through a closed window. He later shot Kristin Lardner 3 times in the head, before shooting himself.
Henry Lee Lucas killed numerous animals and had sex with their corpses. He killed his mother, common law wife, and an unknown number of people.
Edward Kemperer cut up 2 cats. He later killed his grandparents, mother and 7 other women.
Richard Speck threw a bird into a ventilator fan. Killed 8 women.
Randy Roth taped a cat to a car's engine and used an industrial sander on
frog. Killed 2 of his wives and attempted to kill a third.
David Richard Davis shot and killed 2 healthy ponies, threw a wine bottle
a pair of kittens and hunted with illegal methods. Murdered his wife, Shannon Mohr Davis, for insurance money.
Peter Kurten, the Dusseldorf Monster, tortured dogs, and practiced bestiality while killing animals. Murdered or attempted to murder over 50 men, women and children.
Richard Trenton Chase, "The Vampire Killer of Sacramento," bit the heads
birds, drained animals for their blood, killed animals for their organs, and
later killed 6 people in random attacks. One police officer present at the scene of the first murder, confessed to having nightmares about the crime for months afterwards.
"The Kobe Killer," an as yet unnamed 15-year-old boy in Japan, beheaded a cat and strangled several pigeons. Decapitated 11-year-old Jun Hase, and battered to death a 10-year-old girl with a hammer, and assaulted 3 other children in separate attacks.
Richard William Leonard's grandmother forced him to kill and mutilate
and kittens when he was a child. He later killed Stephen Dempsey with a bow and arrow. He also killed Ezzedine Bahmad by slashing his throat.
Tom Dillion murdered people's pets. He shot and killed Jamie Paxton, aged 21; Claude Hawkins, aged 49; Donald Welling, aged 35; Kevin Loring, aged 30; and Gary Bradely, aged 44.
At 9-years-old, Eric Smith strangled a neighbor's cat. At 13, he bludgeoned 4-year-old Derrick Robie to death. Smith lured the little boy into the woods, choked him, sodomized him with a stick, then beat him to death with a rock.
David Berkowitz, "Son of Sam," poisoned his mother's parakeet out of jealousy. He later shot 13 young men and women. 6 people died and at least 2 suffered permanent disabilities.
Arthur Shawcross repeatedly threw a kitten into a lake until the kitten drowned from exhaustion. Killed a young girl. After serving 15-1/2 years in prison, he killed 11 more women.
Michael Perry decapitated a neighbor's dog. Later killed his parents, infant nephew and 2 neighbors.
Jason Massey's killing resume began with cats and dogs; at 20 he
and disemboweled a 13-year-old girl and fatally shot a 14-year old boy. He claims to have killed 37 cats, 29 dogs and 6 cows.
Patrick Sherrill stole neighborhood pets, tethered them with baling wire
encouraged his dog to mutilate them. He killed 14 co-workers and himself in 1986.
Keith Hunter Jesperson, "Happy Face Killer," bashed gopher heads and beat, strangled and shot stray cats and dogs. He is known to have strangled 8 women. He said: "You're actually squeezing the life out of these animals...Choking a human being or a cat--it's the same feeling...I'm the very end result of what happens when somebody kills an animal at an early age."
Carroll Edward Cole, executed in 1985 for an alleged 35 murders and
to be one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history, confessed that his first act of violence was to strangle a puppy under the porch of his house.
Robert Alton Harris murdered two 16-year-old boys, doused a neighbor with lighter fluid and tossed matches at him. His initial run-in with police was for killing neighborhood cats.