The Birth of a Serial Killer?

15 Jun

Is this the face of a fledgling serial killer?


Let me say up front that Tyler Hayes Weinman has not been convicted of anything and remains innocent until proven otherwise. But he, or whoever did the series of cat killings and mutilations in Florida, could very well be a fledgling serial killer. Read about this horrible case:

Miami Herald Article

MSNBC Article

What is most disturbing about this series of crimes is that this psychopath is displaying some distinctly serial killer traits. Besides the cruel and inhumane killing and mutilation of these innocent cats, in some cases he posed the mutilated pets in the owners front yard. Posing often indicates some deep psychological need and often serves as the serial killer’s signature. It has nothing to do with planning, perpetrating, and getting away with the crime, but rather serves some profound need in the killer. Is this the case here? It would appear so.

The old dogma that serial killers have a common background that includes neglect and abuse of various types simply doesn’t hold true anymore. These killers come in many flavors and have widely varying backgrounds and life experiences. But profilers do believe that certain childhood behaviors are so common among this group of sociopaths that they can be predictive, at least to some degree. The big three are: bed wetting, fire starting, and animal cruelty.

Read more about Childhood Psychopaths in these two excellent articles by my good friend Dr. Katherine Ramsland:

The Childhood Psychopath: Bad Seed or Bad Parents?

The Scary Truth About Psychopaths

Visit Dr. Ramsland’s Website


8 responses to “The Birth of a Serial Killer?

  1. Allison Brennan

    June 15, 2009 at 8:52 am

    My husband sent me this article over the weekend. I’ve read much of what Dr Ramsland has written–great stuff–and her books are staples on my criminal psychology shelf.


  2. Julie Kramer

    June 15, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I read these news stories and wondered the same chilling thing.


  3. soesposito

    June 15, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Agreed. I’m in Florida and when I read this story I hoped that if he did do it, his family is getting him immediate help instead of just chalking it up to boyhood trouble. This boy’s picture, with that smile…just gave me the creeps. I wish there was a way to reach out through the communiity to make sure he gets psychiatric help instead of/or with jail time.


  4. Katherine Ramsland

    June 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    He hasn’t been convicted, but if he’s the guy, then he shows a profoundly disturbing trait – a polished ability to compartmentalize that’s usually seen in adults, not in someone this young. I think anger is at the core of these mutilation/killings, and a kid who stays close to the investigations, getting a kick out of them and acting smug, is not going to be rehabilitated. He’s been devious for a long time, and has met his needs by tormenting creatures that he can control. Pretty vile.


  5. Neil Plakcy

    June 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    When I first started reading about these dead cats, I worried that the perpetrator would be some young person with serious problems. If indeed this kid is guilty, I hope that he gets help. Otherwise we will be seeing much more of him in the news, I’m afraid.


  6. Carol Stephenson

    June 16, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Update from a South Floridian. The kid took a course that taught him how to perform autopsies on cats. The rumored trigger was his brand-new stepmother who had ~14 cats; the killings began on Mother’s Day.

    Still doesn’t explain why he posed the cats on their owners’ yards. One of the last victims belonged to a police officer and left on the offier’s yard…and another officer lived across the street.


  7. Ann Littlewood

    June 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

    This is a really creepy situation, but still–the kid hasn’t been convicted, yet his name and picture are circulated. I’m a little queasy about that , as well.


  8. Susan Peek

    June 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I live in Ft. Lauderdale. When this story broke, my first thought was, “Today an innocent pet, tomorrow an innocent human being”. If he’s guilty, I hope he gets the help he so obviously needs. BTW, since his arrest, no more mutilated pets have been found. Of course, if he’s not guilty, then the real killer is smart enough to cease his/her actions, and how does this kid get his reputation back?



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