Teen Suspected of Killing Hundreds of Cats in Various 'Murder Scenarios'

Petah Tikva teen tells investigators that he planned to kill homeless people, inspired by Russian TV program.

An 18-year-old from Petah Tikva was arrested Monday night on suspicion of having killed hundreds of cats in various "murder scenarios" for his own personal satisfaction.

In his interrogation, the suspect admitted that he had recently begun planning to murder a human, having been inspired by a Russian television program about a serial killer.

At the culmination of a series of investigative moves, the police detained the teen on Monday and brought him in to the Petah Tikva police headquarters for questioning. The teen initially denied the charges, but quickly confessed and began recounting his actions over what police suspect spans the last nine years.

According to the suspect's testimony, he began torturing and killing animals when he was nine years old and still living in his native Russia. He said that the first animal he had killed was a mouse, and after that he began to butcher cats that he found in the city. At first he did this once a month, or once every two months, but recently he had escalated to killing cats every day.

"We're talking about hundreds of cats and animals that he would butcher, from 2000 until today," said one of the police officers involved in the investigation.

The suspect said that he felt an uncontrollable urge to kill, and that he derived satisfaction and pleasure from killing cats. He added that after killing he felt confident and inspired.

As the interrogation progressed, the suspect told investigators that he had recently begun to feel bored with killing cats, and had considered killing humans. "He decided that killing cats wasn't satisfying him anymore, and according to his testimony he was inspired by a Russian television program about a murderer who killed 60 people," said the police officer.

The teen told investigators that he had planned to murder homeless people, primarily. He even planned to lure his victims with alcohol, bring them to a secluded alley, and kill them there. According to his testimony, he told one of his friends about his plans and invited him to "partake in the first murder of a human being."

At the conclusion of the interrogation, which lasted through the night, the investigators searched the suspect's home and recovered a military knife, apparently purchased for the purpose of killing cats, and a choking noose with hard handles meant for choking from behind.

The teen was to be brought before a judge in Petah Tikva on Tuesday, where police was to ask for extension of his remand on charges of killing animals, torturing animals, conspiracy to commit a crime and soliciting a crime. They were also planning to ask the judge to order a psychiatric examination of the suspect.

"The arrest of the suspect prevented the murder of a human being, that is clear to us," said the police officer.

Some two years ago, a similar case surfaced in Petah Tikva, in which police arrested an 18-year-old city resident on suspicion that he had murdered two homeless people. In his interrogation, the suspect confessed that he had also killed 500 stray cats.