According FBI Criminal Profiler Robert K. Ressler, those who abuse animals at a young age escalate to human violence later on in life (7). Because of this, we should increase the sentencing for convicted animal abusers and create a registry for convicted animal abusers. This will help to decrease the amount of violence on humans and when there is a violent act committed, it should allow the criminal justice system a place to begin leads or strengthen their case against the suspect.
Many of the most notorious serial killers began committing violence against animals before progressing to human victims. Jeffery Dahmer for instance, began decapitating and dissecting animals at the young age of 10. He would bleach the bones of frogs and other animals, nail carcasses onto trees for show, and take decapitated animal heads and mount them on sticks. He was later convicted for 15 known murders (9). Martin Bryant who went on a 19-hour killing spree which resulted in 35 known victims was hospitalized during his younger years for torturing and harassing animals (8). Kip Kinkel, 15 years of age at the time, walked into his high school cafeteria and opened fire killing two and injuring 22 others used to boast about blowing up cows, frogs, pigs, cats and dogs by inserting fire crackers into their mouths. His parents were later on found shot inside their garage. 'The Boston Strangler' admitted after killing thirteen women that when he was younger, he would trap dogs and cats in crates and shot them with arrows until they bled to death.
Luke Woodham, sixteen killed his dog. He wrote a very in depth account of the killing in his diary. He said that "he and a friend had tied his 'loved one' up in a plastic bag, had taken her into the woods and hit her while they listened to her howls. Woodham stated in his diary 'I'll never forget the sound of her breaking under my might...I will never forget the howl she made...it sounded almost human. We laughed and hit her some more.'" (8). He later stabbed his mother to death and shot his ex-girlfriend and another girl. Columbine students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold used to brag to their friends about torturing animals. They later shot 12 students dead and injured more than 20 others before shooting themselves. When Edmund Kemper was younger, his mother told his grandparents that he may be dangerous based on his acts towards animals. When he was ten years old, he used a machete to chop a cat up and hid the dismembered parts in his closet. He buried a cat alive, dug it back up once it had died, cut its head off and displayed it with pride inside his room. He later murder eight women one of which was his mother who he also chopped into pieces with a machete.
Admitted puppy strangler Carroll Cole was convicted of the murders of five people and was accused of the murders of thirty-five. One of the most hard-hitting cases in my opinion was that of Mary Bell. She was eleven-years-old when she was convicted of killing a...