“In most cases, the perpetrator has been meticulous. The cuts are clean and there is little other evidence, an indication that the killer has experience doing this. In some cases the spines have been removed, in others the organs have been laid out next to the body. Some of the cats have been found dismembered.” – The New York Times, Aug. 31, 2018
September 8, 2018 Olympia, Thurston County, Washington – As of Wednesday night, August 29th, while I was reporting in my weekly Wednesday night Earthfiles YouTube Channel news updates about more mutilated half-cats in the United States and England plus cattle mutilations in Argentina and Australia, I received information from Thurston County, Washington, that the bloodless beheading and spine removal of cats in the Olympia region that began in February 2018, had grown to thirteen by that night.
Five days before on August 24, 2018, The Seattle Times headlined, “Serial Cat Mutilations Leave Olympia-Area Residents Angry, Scared and Suspicious. The investigation has so far come up empty despite ‘hundreds of calls’ and a substantial reward ($20,000 on August 24th has climbed now to $36,000.) With the headline story was a photograph of two families holding up photographs of their cats that had been among the bloodlessly mutilated and killed in front of “Cat Killer $20,000 Reward” sign. See reward information at end of this report.
The Seattle Times, August 24, 2018: “In between the computerized reports logged by the Thurston County Joint Animal Services since February 2018 are gruesome photos of mutilated cats. Two have had portions of their spines removed, at least one was decapitated and some have had their legs severed. Erika Johnson is the animal cruelty investigator for animal services. Before that she was a cop in Oregon.
For months she’s met with anguished pet owners, taking down reports of animals killed in grisly fashion and then left in a public area where they were bound to be quickly found. Even with the resources of her office and help from Olympia police, the deaths continue to mount. This week, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office assigned a major-crimes detective to the case.”
Then on Friday, August 31, 2018, The New York Times headlined in the front A section of the newspaper: “Task Force Follows Grisly Trail of A Serial Killer of Cats in Washington.”
The article states: “The case has become serious enough for the authorities in Thurston County to set up a 10-person task force, led by a former police officer with decades of experience investigating animal cases. On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, a cat was found dead in Olympia near where another cat’s body had been discovered just days before. All the signs indicate that the killer was the same one who has bee plaguing the county for months, the authorities say. The cat had been (bloodlessly) slit down the stomach and laid out, just like the other cats found in Olympia.
“… In most cases, the perpetrator has been meticulous. The cuts are clean (bloodless) … In some cases, the spines have been removed. In others the organs have been laid out next to the body. Some of the cats have been found dismembered (leg or legs bloodlessly cut off).”
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All tips will remain anonymous. $36,000 reward now posted from three collaborating offices: Thurston County Joint Animal Services; Pasado’s Safe Haven; and Washington’s Most Wanted.
“13th Cat Found Mutilated As Washington Authorities Investigate ‘Disturbing Serial Crime Spree,” August 30, 2018, WGN9-TV Chicago, Illinois: https://wgntv.com/2018/08/30/13th-cat-found-mutilated-as-washington-authorities-investigate-disturbing-serial-crime-spree/
“A Serial Cat Killer Is On the Loose in Washington State — Task Force Follows Grisly Trail of A Serial Killer of Cats in Washington,” August 31, 2018, The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/29/us/cat-murders-serial-killer-washington.html
“Serial Cat Mutilations Leave Olympia-Area Residents Angry, Scared and Suspicious,” August 24, 2018, The Seattle Times: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/serial-cat-mutilations-leave-olympia-area-residents-angry-scared-and-suspicious/
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