Cat Killer Returns to Timbergrove (Warning: Disturbing Pics)

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Estopinal also described another incident where a mutilated cat was left at one family's back door. Unfortunately, in that case, the "husband quickly disposed" of the remains and did not notify police.

But Estopinal told Brasher about that incident, just like all the rest. She also provided Brasher with the name of a man in his early 20s who, she says, is often seen wandering Timbergrove and Lazybrook late at night, "often carrying a weighted down [duffel] bag or backpack," which is so not sketchy. When the guy landed in jail for assault in 2012, Estopinal gave Brasher the heads up and asked if that might be a convenient time to ask him a question or two. Brasher e-mailed back, saying she'd talk to the guy (there's no evidence she ever did) but she also told Estopinal later that she spoke with the guy's parents -- who had kicked him out of their house sometime prior -- and they vouched for their son not being a cat killer.

Unfortunately, Estopinal stopped hearing from Brasher. She told us in an e-mail that she was "feeling on my own with this, as HPD isn't doing anything."

When we called HPD, we found out why: Spokeswoman Jodi Silva told us that Brasher had retired. Apparently, Brasher didn't think this minor detail was important enough to share with Estopinal.

Silva also told us that, after speaking with Brasher, the newly retired sergeant was under the impression that the Labor Day discovery of the quartered cat -- information provided to her so quickly that the entrails were still moist -- was from Labor Day the year before.

The good news is that, according to Silva, the new animal cruelty investigators are very concerned about these killings and are going to actively investigate. Of course, there's not a whole lot to go on -- even if Brasher hadn't dropped the ball, it's unlikely that there would have been more progress. Also, we understand that HPD has its hands full with crimes involving human beings, but we're sort of puzzled as to how this just fell through the cracks. And we certainly hope that what Silva told us is true and that it is once again an active investigation.

Crime Stoppers of Houston
is highlighting crimes against animals this month, so now would be an especially good time to contact them if you have information on these killings. You can call 713-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP610 to CRIMES (274637).

Props to Estopinal for staying on top of this. And we'll keep you posted.

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whereissnoopy12
whereissnoopy12

HPD could not find their asses in a brown paper bag. How would they ever solve

bloodgerm
bloodgerm

I USE TO LIVE 4 MTHS AGO IN KATY TEXAS , PLANTATION LAKES-77449-OFF OF FRY-WEST LITTLE YORK, MY CAT WENT MISSING THERE, HE WAS A 4 YEAR OLD NEUTERED LYNX POINT SIAMESE INDOOR OUTDOOR CAT HE NEW ALL OF HIS SURRONDING AREA, HE WOULD HAVE NEVER JUST RAN OFF. , WHILE SEARCHING FOR HIM SOME TEENAGE SKATEBOARDERS TOOK ME TO A DEAD CAT THAT RESEMBLED MINE, ONLY HALF OF HIS BODY WAS THERE THE HEAD AND FRONT LEGS WERE NOT, THERE WAS NO BLOOD-IT LOOKED LIKE IT WAS JUST PLACED THERE. HE WAS IN THE GRASS FAR AWAY FROM THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. NEXT TO A DRAINAGE DITCH, I PUT UP FLYERS FOR MY CAT UNTEEN NUMBER OF TIMES BUT THEY WOULDNT LAST UP FOR ONE DAY. THE CAT REALLY RESEMBLED MINE BUT I WAS IN SHOCK AND DIDNT CHECK TO SEE IF IT WAS NEUTERED. THERE IS SOME WOODS IN THAT AREA, I HAVE SEEN THESE KIDS WALKING BACK THERE MANY TIMES. I LIVED ON RIVERPOINTE LN. THEY LIVE ON COZY CABIN, THE NEXT BLOCK OVER. I HAVE THIS AWFUL FEELING THEY HAD SOMTHING TO DO WITH THIS. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT DOWN THE STREET FROM ME ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS CAT LOOK LIKE IT WAS STABBED BY A KNIFE, STILL ALIVE. MAYBE YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT CAN CHECK OUT THIS AREA. I AM STILL LOOKING FOR MY LOST CAT, I WILL NEVER KNOW IF THAT WAS HIM OR NOT. WE NOW LIVE IN OKLAHOMA. BUT WERE STILL SEARCHING THE WEBSITE FROM HERE.

curaecivem
curaecivem

Serial psychopathic murderers often start with small prey as practice. They typically evolve to larger and larger prey, usually ending with human beings.  Any criminal psychologist will tell you that.  Better yet read the backgrounds of any known psychopath killer: they always start by torturing and mutilating small animals. If HPD gave a damn, they would see this kind of work has all the markings of a psychopath-in-training.  Whoever is doing this needs to be stooped. Now. If he is not, he will simply consider it a free pass to continue in his grisly apprenticeship. And when the first human victim is found, what will HPD blame for its negligence?  

innerlooper
innerlooper

@bloodgerm my first reply vanished, so this may be duplicated.  Want to say I'm very sorry to hear this.  There are too many cruel people and from internet research I've learned this awful crime is far too common in many places.  Found similar stories in England as well.  There is a new page on Facebook pertaining to the Houston inner city killings.  Its called Justice for Murdered Cats in Heights.  Once you 'Like' the page, you can keep up with updates on the ongoing case.

innerlooper
innerlooper

@CR250 The cats found in Timbergrove and Lazybrook area have been either sliced open with intestines out (not eaten), sliced cleanly in half (no parts missing), quartered, divided in pieces (as in photo) or beheaded. No blood found at scene, mutilation taking place elsewhere and placement of remains are most often left in plain view for passersby, residents or cat's owner. 

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