Categories: animal abuse

Man killed his cat because he knew he was going to prison for the rest of his life

Brantzeg murdered his wife and his cat beforehand. Prison service mugshot

Walter Eugene Brantzeg’s estranged wife told him that she was seeking sole custody of their daughter, aged 13. He decided to kill his wife and daughter with a crowbar. He also decided that he’d give himself up and plead guilty at trial to all charges. As consequence he decided that there would be ‘no one around to feed’ his cat so he killed her.

He followed through on his decisions except that his daughter survived. His older was not at the house. He is now facing the rest of his life in prison. He is 55.

One of the charges against him is for aggravated animal cruelty, a class A misdemeanour. This must relate to his cat. We don’t know how he killed her.

Comment: all the victims were innocent. The cat was the most innocent; a innocent bystander to a dispute between people over the ‘possession’ of their child. How many times have we read about child custody disputes leading to violence against the family cat as a means for one to hurt the other? A lot. A retaliation. It is interesting that Mr Brantzeg had a cat. I mean you wouldn’t think it would happen bearing in mind his violent nature. It confirms what we know, namely that cat owners aren’t necessarily intelligent, independent, single women.

Clearly he gave little thought to re-homing his cat. He must be a very bitter, revengeful man, deeply hurt too. He was lashing out and destroying everything he holds dear it seems to me.

Location: Salt Lake City. Time: Last Thursday at trial. Source:

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Just really a sad story. What kind of evil possessed Walter Eugene Brantzeg to take these innocent lives because he was angry and despondent? And yes, the cat was an innocent bystander. If this man had any chance of receiving a reduced sentence, that will not happen now. So unfair...😱😠😭

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