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UK Searching For London's Serial Cat Killer ~ 2017 ~

Discussion in 'Europe: Crimes & Trials' started by fran, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    On the trail of London's serial cat killer



    LONDON (AFP) - In what has become a grim ritual, Tony Jenkins examines the mutilated remains of a domestic cat - and says the south London serial killer has struck once again.

    Nobody is surprised when Jenkins, the co-founder of Snarl, a local animal rescue and rehabilitation shelter, arrives at a veterinary surgery to confirm the grisly find.

    In the last two years, Snarl has identified more than 400 suspected victims: mostly cats, but also some foxes and rabbits.

    Jenkins enters a small examination room where a plastic bag lies on the table.

    He pulls on a pair of gloves and opens the bag, removing the corpse of a black cat with white paws.

    The veterinary assistant standing alongside him recoils.



    The head and tail are missing, having been cut off, and the belly has been sliced open - trademarks betraying the killer's surgical skill.

    Even Jenkins, who has seen this several times before, is disgusted.

    "It's a definite victim," he explains.

    "It's the classic head and tail removal: clean cuts on both, with a bit of additional mutilation to the stomach area," he told AFP.

    "We've had cats matching that exact same thing in all sorts of different areas," he says.

    'LOWLIFE SCUM'
    The hunt for the killer started in September 2015.

    Intrigued by a series of suspicious deaths cropping up locally on social media, Jenkins and his Snarl co-founder Boudicca Rising started investigating.

    They canvassed vets, pet owners and residents for information, piecing together a map and a timeline of the attacks.

    They then took their findings to Scotland Yard police headquarters, which opened its own inquiry, as did the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Britain's biggest animal welfare charity.

    Snarl's Facebook page has a grim roll call of victims of the "Croydon Cat Ripper", as the killer was initially nicknamed, referring to the south London area first hit.

    "Rest in peace", says one November memorial post about Cody, complete with pictures of the eight-year-old Bengal cross relaxing at home.

    "You're just an evil piece of lowlife scum who gets some sick gratification being the filth that you are. You will get caught," Jo Platt said in the post's comments.

    Jenkins and Rising have identified patterns of behaviour in the killings, discovering that some cat bodies are deliberately posed near schools and in parks, or even under their owners' windows.

    MANHUNT
    The possibility that the cats were killed by other animals was quickly ruled out.

    Post-mortems following the first spate of attacks found that the cats died from blunt force trauma and the mutilations occurred after death.

    "Police believe an individual or a group of individuals... are responsible for both the deaths and mutilations," Scotland Yard told AFP.

    The National Crime Agency and the ArroGen Veterinary Forensics pathology labs are both on the case.

    Two groups, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, are each offering a £5,000 (S$9,000) reward for information leading to the culprit's capture.

    Jenkins is also trying his best to track down the killer.

    "It's difficult. I wish sometimes it was a bit more like CSI," he said of the television series where crimes are solved every episode using forensic science.

    Examining the clues, Jenkins wondered whether the killer was a man trading in animal skulls, but it turned out to be a false lead.

    "Whilst it was obviously a weird thing to be doing, it wasn't, strictly speaking, illegal because he imported them from China," he said.

    COULD PEOPLE BE NEXT?
    Snarl has published a profile of the killer based on the evidence they have gathered. They believe he is a white man in his 40s, around 1.8m tall.

    "It's somebody who either grew up in Croydon or lives in Croydon," said Rising, noting his ease in operating around the suburb.

    The killer is a skilled, methodical and forensically aware person with sufficient knowledge of police procedures to avoid detection, said Vincent Egan, associate professor in forensic psychology at the University of Nottingham.

    "The person involved has to be able to entice the animal, capture and kill it without being scratched or bitten... dissect in the skilled way reported, put the body in a place where it can be seen, and do all of this quietly and surreptitiously," he told AFP.

    And while the list of cat victims grows ever longer, one question becomes more pressing: Is this just the first step for someone bent on killing?

    "There is a known link between serial killers and harming animals, when you look into their dark history," said Detective Sergeant Andy Collin, who is leading the police investigation.

    He told Sky News: "The concern is they will cease getting that gratification and escalate the attacks to humans, specifically vulnerable women and girls."

    http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/on-the-trail-of-londons-serial-cat-killer
     
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  4. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    MOGGY MURDERS
    Who is the M25 cat killer, where in London and elsewhere have pets been murdered and what is Snarl?
    Feline murderer who was first dubbed the 'Croydon cat killer' is feared to have decapitated moggies around London

    By Tom Gillespie
    4th December 2017, 10:15 am
    Updated: 4th December 2017, 10:45 am
    THE M25 Cat Killer is believed to have slaughtered and carefully decapitated more than 400 cats across London and the UK in the past two years.

    Police hunting the "psychopath" serial killer fear he could go on to target humans. Here is what we know so far.

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    NEWS@BRITISHNEWS.CO.UK
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    Mimi, pictured, is believed to have been one of the killer's victims after she was found decapitated in Surrey
    Who is the M25 cat killer?
    The monster was at first dubbed the "Croydon cat killer" because the murder spree began in the South London district in October 2015 - or possibly even two years before that.



    He lures victims with food, bludgeons them to death and then dissects them with a sharp knife - like Jack the Ripper did with prostitutes in the 1880s.

    Other similar cat murders have been identified across London and Surrey and even as far away as Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and the Isle of Wight.

    Experts believe the perpetrator could be carrying out the murders for sexual gratification as many of the corpses have been found spread-eagled beneath their owners' bedroom windows.

    Tony Jenkins, co-fonder of the South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty charity (SNARL) said: "We think he gets off on putting the animals on display, preferably under the bedroom windows.

    "Worryingly, we’ve even had a few put next to school playgrounds where little children would be.

    "It looks like he kills them with blunt force trauma, waits for half an hour for the blood to stop circulating then cuts their heads off."

    Many of the decapitations have appeared "surgical" and the cats have been butchered in similar ways up and down the country.

    A £10,000 reward has been offered to anyone who had information that could lead to the arrest of the killer.

    Foxes and rabbits have also been killed, but almost all the victims are pet cats.

    After the pace of his spree accelerated in October, police now fear the killer could grow bored of torturing animals and could escalate to young women and girls.

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    NEWS@BRITISHNEWS.CO.UK
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    Bertie, 12, was found dead in Surrey and is thought to be a victim of the M25 Cat Killer
    How many pets has he killed?
    It is not known exactly how many cats have been slaughtered, but the tally is believed to have topped 400 in the two years from October 2015.

    He could also have been behind other killings in 2013 and 2014.

    SNARL, who are leading the hunt for the killer, had 31 cases confirmed by post-mortem in June 2016.

    They said they had around 90 more bearing the hallmarks of the same killer.

    In August 2016 five moggies were found chopped up around the M25 area.

    On January 22 in 2017 it was reported two more cats had been killed with within two hours.

    Over the Easter weekend another cat was beheaded and left in its owner's garden in Surrey.

    Then October Taz disappeared last week before being found dead with multiple wounds by his owners in their garden.

    The killer has been regularly struck twice in one night, and in September 2017 he killed three times in a day in North London, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

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    THE SUN
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    A map shows the spread of cat killings that have taken place across the UK in 2016

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2685879/m25-cat-killer-how-many-pets-snarl-humans/
     
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Administrator Staff Member

    Wow! We have a lot of foxes in this area and I've never heard of such a thing.
     

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