Cat-Killing Father And Son Face Prison Time In Beating Death Of Own Cat
You'd think that at ages 60 and 29, the prepubescent thrill of killing animals (most typically found in soon-to-be serial killers) would have faded. That, apparently, is not the case for a father and son in Brooklyn, who authorities say beat a cat to death and then tossed it in the road.
Jean Rog Murat, 60, and his son, Robenson Murat, 29, were indicted yesterday on a collection of animal cruelty charges in the beating death of the animal, and now face prison time for killing a defenseless animal.
According to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, on July 12, a neighbor heard noises coming the Murats' house. Curious, the neighbor did some snooping and watched as the Murats beat their black cat with a stick.
After beating the cat to death, the two alleged sickos left the animal's body on a street corner near their house in an apparent attempt to make it seem as though it was hit by a car. The next morning, Jean Murat allegedly retrieved the remains, stuck them in a bag, and put them in the garbage.
The witness called the ASPCA, which investigated the Murat's home, where they found a broken stick, "cat fibers," and blood in the attic. The two men were arrested shortly after.
"Cruelty to animals is unacceptable behavior in any society and is a serious crime in New York," Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes says. "It is often a pre-cursor to domestic violence and is known to be early evidence of potential serial killing. There is no reason for such senseless killing of an animal. The defendant in this case will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
In all, the Murats have been charged with one count each of aggravated cruelty to animals and overdriving, torturing and injuring animals and failure to provide proper sustenance for animals.
We realize that not everyone's a cat person -- we certainly fall into that category -- but if you don't like cats, there's a simple solution to avoid the annoyances of feline companionship: don't get a fucking cat!
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.
- NYU Student Employees Say the University Hasn't Paid Them in Months
- Here Are the Early Frontrunners for Worst Halloween Costumes for Sale in New York
- Why Was All That Weed Seized in Queens Appraised at a Third of its Street Value?