Teen Suspected of Killing Hundreds of Cats, Planning to Kill People

An 18-year-old from Petah Tikva is suspected of killing hundreds of cats in various "murder scenarios" for his own personal satisfaction. The police detained the teen on Monday and brought him in to the Petah Tikva police headquarters for questioning. During his interrogation, the suspect admitted that he had recently begun planning to murder someone, having been inspired by a Russian television program about a serial killer.

The teen initially denied the charges, but quickly confessed and began recounting his actions over what police suspect spans the past 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, following which he began to butcher cats he found in the city. At first he did this once every month or two, but he recently escalated to killing cats every day.

"We're talking about hundreds of cats and animals that he would butcher, from 2000 until today," said a police officer 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 recently began to feel bored with killing cats, and considered killing people. "He decided that killing cats wasn't satisfying him any more, 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, by luring his victims with alcohol, bringing them to a secluded alley and killing 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 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 resident on suspicion that he had murdered two homeless people. In his interrogation, the suspect confessed to also killing some 500 stray cats.