A serial cat killer has killed seven, displaying their mutilated bodies in public, Washington state cops say

(The News Tribune) It didn’t take long before the police showed up with bad news. Harley had been found mutilated on a neighbor’s lawn, they told her – making the semi-feral 20-year-old tabby’s death the seventh in a string of killings in recent months that officials in Thurston County, Washington, believe is the work of a serial cat killer.

In each incident, Erika Johnson, an animal cruelty services investigator for the county, told Q13, the cat has been cut open with a scalpel and had its spine removed. Then its body has been prominently displayed in a public place for people to find.