Cat-Carving Teenager a Sociopath: Detectives

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 7, 2009 5:02 AM CDT
Thomas Shad poses with his new cat, Miss Prissy, last month in Miami, after his previous pet was killed.   (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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(Newser) – A Florida teen charged with killing 19 cats in his Miami community became so excited talking about feline dissection that detectives were convinced he was a sociopath, according to court documents released yesterday. Tyler Weinman, 18, never admitted he killed the cats that were found mutilated in his neighborhood, but eagerly spoke of the appealing "tearing sound" of cat dissection. Police discovered cutting tools in his home and a long cat scratch on his back. He's being held under house arrest as his trial gets underway.