To say that animal torture will always progress to serial killing is a quite a generalization.
But Liesa Swejkoski ponders that question in a recent post on her "A Sideshow Journey" blog. She recalls an incident as a child growing up in Detroit when "some really rough kids" poured gasoline on her sister's kittens and set them on fire.
"The youths thought it was pretty funny," Swejkoski wrote in "Consequences?" "My dad had to finish the kittens off as they were beyond saving. My sister was inconsolable."
Swejkoski said her dad called the police, who talked to the parents of the "rough kids."
The police said, "Well, it was just cats. What are ya' gonna do? Boys will be boys."
"Those boys were thugs and later ended up in prison for assault and worse," Swejkoski wrote. "I can't help but think, what if there had been intervention sooner and the parents hadn't stopped the authorities from doing their job?"
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