Cat Killer Returns to Timbergrove (Warning: Disturbing Pics)
Someone has been killing cats and leaving their mutilated bodies out for display in Timbergrove, and folks there are having trouble getting the Houston Police Department to care.
Come on, HPD!
On September 1, a resident e-mailed Houston Police Department animal cruelty investigator Virginia Brasher to say that he "came upon some cat parts" in an easement behind some houses between Ella Blvd. and T.C. Jester. "The parts were noticeably wet and lack of insects leads me to believe they hadn't been there long," he wrote. The resident attached some pictures, which appear to be the cat's severed tail, two legs, and a pink, glistening intestine.
It appears to be that resident's first time e-mailing Brasher, but another resident had been cataloging the cat mutilations over five years -- perhaps a dozen killings -- and consistently updating Brasher.
That second resident is Jennifer Estopinal, who says she was first made aware of the killings after hearing about three dead cats turning up on the grounds of Sinclair Elementary and another mutilated corpse found in a neaby H-E-B parking lot.
It's unclear if all of the cats were people's pets, but some were. Estopinal explained in a 2008 e-mail to a Houston police officer that one woman's cat had been found, skinned and gutted, by Brooktree and Millwood drives. According to Estopinal, "The owner is a kind elderly lady and has not been told the awful details. She doesn't need to know."
Estopinal later directed her updates to Sgt. Brasher. So that's who she e-mailed after hearing about the Sept. 1 incident. Estopinal also forwarded information about the gruesome discovery of other remains on Droxford Drive. "The remains of the cat I saw were horrific," a resident told Estopinal in an e-mail. The resident told Estopinal that she "didn't get close enough to see how many pieces" and that "It was obvious that it was no accident. I did not see blood around the remains, so I [am] assuming it was placed there."