For about seven years it appears that a serial cat killer has been going about his business with a machete in south-east London, UK. Only now have people realised that the reports of butchered, missing and injured cats are probably linked. Despite that, the local police force have decided that the most recent victim of this serial cat killer is an “isolated incident”. They are however going to speak with the RSPCA in their investigations. This is fortunate because an RSPCA spokeswoman said that their charity is investigating and they may come to the conclusion that a serial cat killer is at work. Although at present they indicate that the injuries to the cats could have been caused by animals rather than humans.
I think that assessment is incorrect because they have had calls about what appear to be machete attacks on cats. They will be looking at this evidence to see if there has been animal cruelty.
The RSPCA’s scepticism appears to be ill-founded. This is because there is strong evidence that up to 25 cats have been deliberately killed or injured in the past two years alone in the area. This information comes from the co-founder of the South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty group, Ms Rising.
She has reported that cats have been discovered with their tails cut off or their bellies slit. There are vertical slits to their stomachs and missing legs. Sometimes the only remains of the cats are the tails. She also said that this had been going on for a long time and only now have people started to join up the dots to possibly come to the conclusion that this is the work of a single person.
Ms Rising said that:
“The killer seems to be putting the bodies back where the owner lives. Some of them have been decapitated, some have had their tails removed and some had both their heads and tails removed.”
Ms Rising believes that a single individual is behind these gruesome killings and injuries to the cats in the area. She believes that the serial cat killer wishes to advertise his work; he wants people to know about his presence.
One of the most recent cat killings is a beheading. The body of a cat belonging to 47-year-old Wayne Bryant was found in woodland. The head was missing and he believes that it has been kept as a trophy by the killer.
I hope that the police can join up the dots. Judging by the information that I have read it seems more likely that this is the work of one person rather than animals. I have never heard of wild predators in London doing this. The only predator in London is the fox and my experience informs me that foxes rarely attack cats.
It can be an effort to get the police to take action as they normally wish to minimise their workload which is probably why they have initially assessed this to be a single, one-off incident which they will no doubt wish to kick into the long grass. Investigating a seven-year span of serial cat killing will take a lot more time and effort. I hope that they find the commitment to investigate this properly.
I shall be provocative. If people are sure that a machete is being used, might that indicate that a black man is involved? Machetes are the default weapon in large parts of Africa.