A Different Kind of Victim


I’ve been following a different kind of serial killer case here in Florida. A case of serial cat killings in Miami.  An eighteen year old by the name of Tyler Weinman was arrested for these cat killings and charged with 19 felony counts of animal cruelty and 19 counts of improperly disposing of the bodies, among other charges. (Disclaimer: he has not been proven guilty yet)

If you haven’t heard about this, here’s a few facts about Tyler:

–His parents are divorced.  His father is a dentist in Palmetto Bay and his mother is a life coach in Cutler Bay, these are the two neighborhoods where the cats were killed.

–He told police he despises his father.

–Miami-Dade Police Department’s psychological services concluded that Weinman fits the profile of a sociopath.

–If convicted of all charges, Weinman could get up to 158 years in prison.

Now, the thing that fascinates me the most about this case  is reading the reaction of the public.  Words like “subhuman” and “evil” were being used. People wanted him hung, skinned alive, locked up for life.

Well, okay…I can see the locked up for life thing. I was just as horrified by the cruelty of these acts as everyone else and killing animals does put him at a higher risk for moving up to people.  Besides, we Americans feel that our pets are members of our families. It’s not like it is in countries, like China, who consider cats livestock. (And don’t get me started on China)  So, the outrage is justified.  But there’s something else here to remember:

This is a child that WE failed as a society.

This is a child with deep, deep psychological problems. A child without the ability to feel empathy, to feel guilt, to feel love. If he feels anything it is rage. Who’s fault is that? Who’s responsibility is it? His parents? His kindergarten teacher? His doctor, neighbor, friend, aunt, coach, boy scout leader? I’m willing to bet someone along the way noticed the fact that this kid was in trouble.  In fact, I’m willing to bet a lot of people along the way noticed and turned their backs. Not their responsibility.

Would you want your son to end up like this? Because somebody’s son did. We owe it to our future children to figure out WHY.

So, yes–the deaths of these family pets breaks my heart and I hope the victims of these crimes can find peace in their good memories.

But the life of the human being named Tyler Weinman is one that we should all be mourning, also.

9 thoughts on “A Different Kind of Victim

  1. Louise Curtis

    Good to see you blogging again.

    That was a sobering article. I find it a bit creepy that people often get more upset over cat deaths than human. (Except that cats are so much nicer to be around.)


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  2. Anticrombie

    There is an underlying tension in Tyler’s actions that disturbs us as a public. And it is not the fact that he is killing cats. It is his INTENSIONS. You mentioned China. Another example of tolerated cat killings, and in our own country no less, is in animal testing. But animal testing leads to treatments and cures and great-looking eye makeup, so that’s justified, right?

    Of course it is. Just like your previous blog that asked the question, ‘What would we do if…’, the answer was in the intensions of the individual commiting the act. Society will justify killing if they think the intensions are above-par.

    So, while Tyler is only killing cats, I believe he should be locked away for a while. Life? Maybe not… but a while. Long enough for rebilitation.

    True enough point that Society had failed him. Hell, Society as a whole fails us everyday. Society failed the 550lb. adopted child that was in the news today. Society failed Michael Jackson with easily-accessible meds and a tolerance for everything ‘prescribed’. But give Society a break. Despite all of its efforts to spiral into itsself, Society still manages to continue the steady pace forward into a ‘civilized’ nation.

    And we will survive. Succeed. And be relevant, just in time for our alien overlords to wipe us out for killing the 19 messenger cats they resurrected to warn us about our future.

    1. soesposito Post author

      LOL., Anitcrombie.

      Intention. That must be the word of the day. Was just discussing how to get this across to a 3 yr. old, that if something is done by accident or by ignorance-no punishment. But, if it is done with malice and intent–punishment.

      And you are completely right, it is Tyler’s intention that disturbs us. China killing cats for food is completely different than Tyler killing them to cause suffering and death as his only intent.

      Now, China clubbing thousands of dogs to death in front of their owners because they had a rabies case and didn’t want to spend the money on vaccines or bullets…that intent is uncivilized, immoral and shows a complete disrespect for life.

      Point taken about society continuing to evolve toward being civilized. But, I think it does it in great leaps forward in certain areas and great leaps backward in certain areas. I think we’re getting numb, overwhelmed, and disconnected from each other which is causing more of these social disorders in our children.

      (Which has been confirmed to me by the lizard that snuck into my kitchen yesterday. It’s not just the cats.)

      ps. Don’t forget to wear your tin foil cap to bed tonight. Peace out.

  3. Jeana

    Tyler Weinman not only killed these cats, he also mutilated their bodies and then left them on their owners’ lawns. The next morning, the owner would be shocked and horrified to find his or her beloved pet killed and cut up in some horrific manner. When you’re examining Weinman’s intent, I think it’s important to consider what his intent was in doing that. This was not only a crime against cats; it was also a crime against the human families who loved those cats.

  4. soesposito Post author

    Hi, Jeana. And thanks for weighing in here. Yes, I was aware of those facts and you’re right…he was also taking his rage out on the families.

    My only point in discussing his intent is that if he is truly a sociopath, we do not currently have any treatment for this. Life in some sort of mental facility should be his sentence because he will not be rehabilitated. I find this very sad because most likely he will just be put in prison for a little while and then let back into society where he will probably end up killing people.

    This could be prevented if we spent more time and attention on prevention rather than punishment.

  5. Anticrombie

    …funny how spellcheck is making me lazy, as evident when I post without it 🙂

    Prevention is a slippery slope. We can usually see in hind-sight what caused a serial killer to get to the serial-killin’ point. But since the same environmental or genetic challenges will affect everyone differently, there will always be a question of doubt.

    As we know now, prevention methods from a century ago seemed to be a cause for a lot of disorders. Are we to think that we are so educated and advanced that in another hundred years they will still be using the same ‘remedies’ and ‘elixirs’ we use today? I shutter to think what they will say to our current pharmacology techniques; hammering our brains with anti-depression drugs and anti-psychotics, not knowing how they work, just that they ‘seem’ to work.

    They will most likely look upon what we are doing today as we look upon electroshock treatment, isolation tanks and cocaine (of which the founding father of modern psychology thought was the bees knees).

    If we move to prevention, and the switch gets turned on, and Tyler moves up to his fellow man to make his point, there will always be a doubt as to the true cause of his change. And in that doubt is where our society will cower from any progressive movement.

  6. oneill

    We were just discussing this in abnormal psych, how society has evolved from the inhumane treatment of putting the ‘mad’ in asylums, locking them up like sub humans, to Kennedy’s community mental-health movement where they were treated by physicians and nurses and the nation was deinstitutionalized. Then how the influx of mental health patients led to the lack of adequate health care and the downward spiral that led their treatment right back to where it started, minus the asylums. Now where are they? In hospitals that are spitting out patients that need this special treatment and in a society that doesn’t support Medicaid to help them treat their abnormalities. But how do we define abnormality anyway?

    The point is, society has always evolved depending on our definition of the insane, but we’ve come a long way from burning witches at the stake. So we are in fact evolving, but not at the rate in which we are also creating more sociopaths through present day pressures and in 20 years we will have a completely different set of “crazies” and ways to deal with it. But locking him up in jail will only set us back to the days of locking people to walls in asylums. Agreed, we should take responsibility and punish him for his actions but are we going about it the easy way of a slap on the wrist and some meds or have we evolved far enough to recognize the deep sociopathic nature of Tyler to give him the therapy he needs to turn his life around and save the future lives he might take? I guess we’ll see…

  7. Kathy

    I don’t think people have evolved at all since the Salem Witch Trials! Tyler Weinman has not has his day in court, yet everyone has already convicted him and want him hanged. I have read the affidavit carefully and did not see anything but circumstantial evidence. The police were under great pressure to arrest someone in order to appease the angry mob of neighbors in both communities and they arrested him before getting any concrete evidence.

    Had they done a google search on cat mutilations they would have seen where hundreds of cats are killed each year and everyone assumes its an individual, yet most are done by predators in the same manner in which these killings were done. I also read that 2 pit bulls were captured on the same night that he was arrested. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    All the stuff they took from his house can be found in most people’s houses. (Rope, box cutters, knives) I’ll wait to see what real evidence they find (if any) before I declare him guilty before proven innocent.


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