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Man arrested on suspicion he cooked, ate cats
GJSentinel.com ^ | 2/17/12 | AP

Posted on 02/17/2012 4:43:04 PM PST by GSWarrior

FRESNO, Calif. — It was the sound of a wailing cat that first caught the neighbor’s attention. When she looked toward the sound she told authorities that she saw her next-door neighbor cutting off the crying feline’s head with a knife.

The call she subsequently made to deputies started a bizarre animal cruelty investigation that has focused attention from around the country on a working-class neighborhood in a Bakersfield suburb where a man allegedly was fileting cats and cooking them on his backyard barbecue.

“I’ve been getting calls on this from around the country,” Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said. “For some reason when somebody hurts animals people are more outraged than they are for a lot of other cases.”

Investigators decided to release new details on Thursday because of the nationwide interest in the case.

Jason Wilmert, 35, will be arraigned today on charges alleging animal cruelty and using a pet or domesticated animal for food. Both are misdemeanors.

A neighbor told KBAK-TV that she had seen Wilmert with a wailing tabby cat cutting it down the back with a knife, then decapitating it. She turned away in disgust and called sheriff’s deputies.

Pruitt said that when deputies arrived that morning at Wilmert’s home they talked to other neighbors, who said they had heard the sounds of screaming cats coming from the house in Oildale. When he didn’t answer his door, Pruitt said a deputy walked down the driveway and saw a cat’s head in the backyard.

Later Pruitt came outside and deputies arrested him. When they searched his house they found a cat carcass in the kitchen sink, as if were being prepped for cooking. Deputies also found an animal trap in the driveway.

“We don’t know if he was using the trap to catch cats, but he had one,” Pruitt said.

Nobody has called in reporting missing pets, and investigators suspect the victims were strays.

Wilmert has been unable to post $22,500 bail on the animal cruelty charges and unrelated littering offenses. It was unclear if he had an attorney.


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Pretty twisted.
1 posted on 02/17/2012 4:43:11 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

“That wasn’t chicken in your chicken chow mein.”

Joking aside, this due is not right in the head if the accusations are true.


2 posted on 02/17/2012 4:46:10 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

“due” = “dude”


3 posted on 02/17/2012 4:46:50 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: GSWarrior

One step away from serial killer.


4 posted on 02/17/2012 4:47:09 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: GSWarrior

At the very least they should be killed humanely first. Sounds like he was butchering them alive.


5 posted on 02/17/2012 4:48:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

that’s supposed to be sweet and sour pork, but
that’s garfield on my fork
there’s a hair ball on my fork


6 posted on 02/17/2012 4:48:57 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: GSWarrior

unrelated littering offenses.

Yep, he was cat littering.


7 posted on 02/17/2012 4:49:18 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cripplecreek

Even shooting the cat would be preferable. This is a cruel nut case.


8 posted on 02/17/2012 4:49:45 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: GSWarrior
"What is probrem?


9 posted on 02/17/2012 4:50:45 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: GSWarrior

If he’d eaten my cat, it would be the last meal that weirdo would have on this earth.

BTW, it sounds like the guy was getting off on inflicting pain, judging from the way he was killing them. Not even a varmint deserves to be slit open alive like that. Wouldn’t be surprised if this guy has been doing some very twisted things for a very long time.


10 posted on 02/17/2012 4:51:03 PM PST by DemforBush (Six o'clock in *Berlin*. They were having lunch in Cleveland.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
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11 posted on 02/17/2012 4:51:14 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
"One step away from serial killer."

I'm not sure about that. Serial Killers indulge in animal cruelty generally for cruelty's sake; as twisted as it sounds this guy sounded like he was hungry. While it's true that Serial Killer types will eat victims or their parts, that's usually some totemic expression of power over the victim or some kind of trophy savoring a la Dahmer.

The way this is written at least, this guy sees cats as just another breed of small game.

I'm not particularly defending him, mind you, and while I'd agree he's certainly, "not right," I'm not sure he'd be inclined to eat or kill a person.

12 posted on 02/17/2012 4:52:51 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GSWarrior

Right after Paris was liberated in 1944 the French were out of beef and pork with which to serve the conquering GI’s. It was reported that the stray cat population of Paris markedly declined and that the GI’s dined remarkedly well!


13 posted on 02/17/2012 4:54:13 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: GSWarrior

Drugs, for sure. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were lots of BDSM on his computer’s hard drive.


14 posted on 02/17/2012 4:56:41 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: cripplecreek

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B1QxOmbMZ0


15 posted on 02/17/2012 4:58:34 PM PST by tumblindice (Whitey-American: Taxed Enough Already)
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To: GSWarrior

I don’t eat cats but I do not see any difference from a moral point of view between eating cats and eating other animals.


16 posted on 02/17/2012 5:01:19 PM PST by JimWayne
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To: Joe 6-pack
You make some good points — it's not generally a good idea to judge anyone from media reports.

However, as others have pointed out, it seems that the guy wasn't killing the cats humanely. Perhaps, he was getting off on the pain and suffering.

Also, it doesn't appear that he had any way of knowing whether his victims were feral cats, or someone’s beloved pet. According to my extensive research into serial killers (i.e. watching TV cop shows); serial killers are sociopaths, with no ability to empathize with their victims. Normal people understand that pet owners can have a strong emotional bond with their pets. Anyone capable of empathy can empathize with that emotional attachment, and wouldn't hurt a pet because they wouldn't want to hurt the owner emotionally.

17 posted on 02/17/2012 5:01:51 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Joe 6-pack

Do any of us know if we’ve ever eaten cat im our lifetime. Ponder that for a few seconds...


18 posted on 02/17/2012 5:02:07 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Joe 6-pack
If he killed the cats as described then I disagree with you.

It is very hard to slice a live cat down the spine. They tend to wiggle.

If he was killing them with a quick blow to the head or by driving the knife into the brain then perhaps you are right.

Still kind of strange and rather risky. Cats, especially stray cats, carry all sorts of diseases that can be rather nasty.

19 posted on 02/17/2012 5:02:32 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Would you sing if someone sucked YOU up the vacuum cleaner hose?)
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To: GSWarrior

I suspect one of my neighbors has eaten dogs. I am serious. When she goes walking around the neighborhood, the dogs (and everyone around here has a dog) go freaking nutso. Even my dog, who loves everybody, completely flips her wig whenever this lady comes around. Her hair stands up all down her back and she just freaks out. I was talking to some of the other dog owners and they have noticed the same thing. One of them told me her dog starts to shake when he sees this woman. It’s the weirdest thing. I think they all know something.


20 posted on 02/17/2012 5:02:40 PM PST by ponygirl
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA; Joe 6-pack
One step away from serial killer.

EXACTLY. I only do what my Rice Krispies tell me to do.

21 posted on 02/17/2012 5:03:25 PM PST by bigheadfred (Wogga la Hooga)
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To: JimWayne

This is disgusting and he didn’t appear to kill humanely, but I don’t see much else wrong with it. Maybe hunting, trapping without a license? They were presumed strays.


22 posted on 02/17/2012 5:03:35 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: GSWarrior
Man arrested on suspicion he cooked, ate cats

Arrest him??? Heck...they should give him a medal and a few cases of barbeque sauce!
23 posted on 02/17/2012 5:04:08 PM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Im glad your extensive research is watching tv cop shows. Who knows the reason for his behavior??


24 posted on 02/17/2012 5:05:24 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

I’m watching a show with mutant cannibals running around (Pandorum) so I’m not too worried about whether I’ve eaten a cat or not.


25 posted on 02/17/2012 5:06:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: JimWayne

Cattle rustling is illegal. I would assume that kitty rustling would be, too.


26 posted on 02/17/2012 5:13:11 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

Pigs, cows, sheep, deer, fish, rabbit, turtle... cats... whatever. I don’t care much for Chinese food but as long as he kills them humanely, bon apetit.


27 posted on 02/17/2012 5:14:44 PM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: GSWarrior

Szechuan Cat w/noodles.

Yum Yum.


28 posted on 02/17/2012 5:15:14 PM PST by mkjessup (Let's do to Mitt what his Irish Setter did to him while tied to the roof rack of his station wagon!)
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To: GSWarrior

“Jason Wilmert, 35, will be arraigned today on charges alleging animal cruelty and using a pet or domesticated animal for food.”

Cattle, swine, sheep, chickens are all domesticated animals.


29 posted on 02/17/2012 5:15:50 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA; Harmless Teddy Bear
Yes there are a lot of variables not mentioned. From the article it doesn't appear if he was deliberately stealing peoples' pets (cat-napping?) to cause them distress, but rounding up strays.

If it was obvious he had quickly and cleanly subdued them before skinning them then I'd be quite confident in my assertion that he was doing this purely out of hunger, but his apparent torture or sloppiness may also be inexperience.

At one time, I taught a wilderness survival course where students were given live rabbits and chickens to kill and eat. Even though the students were taught the best ways to cleanly dispatch the animals, those that were not familiar or comfortable with killing animals for food were quite sloppy about it, and you would have been hard pressed to distinguish what they were doing from "torture" although that was the furthest thing from their intent.

30 posted on 02/17/2012 5:18:03 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: mkjessup
I'm not sure they eat cats in that part of China. Dog eating is universal, but there's areas of China who wont eat cats because they believe that cats, unlike dogs, have souls.
31 posted on 02/17/2012 5:27:08 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: cripplecreek

They were other people’s animals, not his. Lots of people would kill the bastard if he was slaughtering their pets.


32 posted on 02/17/2012 5:28:15 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: cripplecreek
Sounds like he was butchering them alive.

Isn't that the normal practice? First they're alive, then they're dead.

33 posted on 02/17/2012 5:28:29 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Joe 6-pack

If you read how he was killing them, and can’t see that as animal cruelty and getting off on their reaction to deliberate pain, I feel for ya.


34 posted on 02/17/2012 5:30:06 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

“One step away from serial killer.”

Beware of the correlation argument. While it is true that most heroin addict have a history of using grass, nearly all have a history of using milk.

By your argument, milk causes heroin addiction.

PS Google “A Cat In The Kettle”.


35 posted on 02/17/2012 5:30:35 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: GSWarrior

sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possessing a cat with the intent to use it for food.
The Bakersfield Californian reports that 35-year-old Jason Wilmert of Oildale was sentenced on Friday, the same day he entered the plea. Prosecutors agreed to drop an animal cruelty charge.

Wilmert must also perform 40 hours of community service and pay a $235 fine.
http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x1608245381/Oildale-man-pleads-no-contest-to-cat-eating-charge
Another misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, as well as two misdemeanors and an infraction from a prior case filed in 2005, were dismissed as part of the plea deal.
http://www.kval.com/news/national/Cat-eating-man-avoids-more-jail-time-with-plea-deal-139531468.html


36 posted on 02/17/2012 5:34:39 PM PST by anglian
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To: GSWarrior

“Cattle rustling is illegal. I would assume that kitty rustling would be, too.”

The central question is, “Are the cats private property or not?”

If not, the taking of cats probably should be incouraged, given their rather negative impacts on the habitats they infest.

PS Google the Toxiplasmosis issue, before you keep cats around. If the researcher is right, the “Cat Persons” are crazy, and they caught it from their cats.


37 posted on 02/17/2012 5:37:00 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

The Link Between Animal Abuse and Serial Killers
National District Attorneys Association —
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS BY CHILDREN, SERIAL KILLERS & OTHER VIOLENT CRIMINALS
(March 3, 2006) (pdf file)

http://www.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/animal_fighting/ndaa-animal-cruelty-killers-2-28-06-_2_.pdf


38 posted on 02/17/2012 5:38:32 PM PST by anglian
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To: Secret Agent Man
"If you read how he was killing them..."

Do you know how he was killing them or how the neighbor said he was killing them?

If what the neighbor described is accurate, yeah...it was cruel. Look, this guy may be the biggest psycho out there, and while I can't think of a good reason to eat a cat right now, I have a job and food in my 'fridge. During the Depression, the stories are legion of people eating rats, pigeons, and other unconventional food stuffs. For all we know, this guy may be a bellwether of things to come for us all. For that matter, he may have been trying to reenact the opening scenes of, "The Book Of Eli."

Certainly this guy's behavior deviates from conventional behavioral norms, and calling the cops was the right thing to do, but at this point, I'm not quite ready to call him the next Ted Bundy or Geoffrey Dahmer.

39 posted on 02/17/2012 5:39:51 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GladesGuru
If not, the taking of cats probably should be incouraged, given their rather negative impacts on the habitats they infest.

Plus we have the well known problem of children being attacked by packs of feral pit bullcats.

40 posted on 02/17/2012 5:41:10 PM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Joe 6-pack

They were not his cats. A deputy finds a cut off cat head in the backyard.

I think discussing this with you is a lost cause.


41 posted on 02/17/2012 5:49:17 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: goseminoles
Do any of us know if we’ve ever eaten cat im our lifetime.

Yes, I do. I have.
Along with dog and some other things you probably don't want to know about.

All in the Far East.

42 posted on 02/17/2012 5:50:45 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: GSWarrior

The do taste like chicken. I KNOW!


43 posted on 02/17/2012 5:51:43 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: GSWarrior

44 posted on 02/17/2012 5:53:09 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: GSWarrior

Bumper Sticker on an older Chevy Blazer I see regular while driving to work: “Cat - The Other White Meat.”


45 posted on 02/17/2012 5:54:24 PM PST by JaguarXKE
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To: Secret Agent Man
"I think discussing this with you is a lost cause."

Good. Get lost.

46 posted on 02/17/2012 5:54:28 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GSWarrior

47 posted on 02/17/2012 5:55:14 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: GSWarrior

Horrible, just plan horrible.


48 posted on 02/17/2012 6:21:18 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: GSWarrior
Cooking, damn you cannot make gravy unless you fry them. LOL
49 posted on 02/17/2012 6:21:32 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

That is BS.


50 posted on 02/17/2012 6:23:46 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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