Animal Cruelty: Pathway to Violence Against People

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Rowman Altamira, 2004 - Social Science - 191 pages
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Practitioners in the animal welfare field, law enforcement circles, and social services arena have often maintained that childhood cruelty to animals is a forerunner to violence against people. Does this behavior serve as a red flag with respect to extremely violent offenders, such as serial killers? Is it part of the cycle of violence associated with domestic abuse? Perez and Heide provide the first scientific examination of this relationship and examine issues of cruelty across different types of animals (pet, wild, stray, farm). The authors evaluate both qualitative and quantitative data to identify correlations between childhood cruelty and adult violent behavior, utilizing interviews and criminal records of violent and nonviolent inmates in a maximum security prison. Their findings will be of importance to a diverse audience, including researchers and practitioners in the field of juvenile justice, violence and domestic abuse, social welfare, animal welfare and animal rights and developmental psychologists and counselors, as well as law enforcement officers, district attorneys and judges, county and municipal officials, animal control officers, veterinarians, and school administrators, especially those concerned with intervention and prevention strategies.

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I agree with the previous review. After personally being in the company of, IMO, sociopath Sean Patrick Lynde who has legally changed his name to Sean Barry MacKenzie on several occasions surrounding animals and animal adoptions, I can openly say that he is a very devious man with abominable intentions toward cats and kittens which he effectively masks until his first opportunity arises and he is alone with them and they are trapped, unable to avoid their insistent, cruel, premeditated and painful deaths at the hands of Sean MacKenzie, Graphic Designer, manipulator, liar and again, IMO, true sociopath. Lynde aka MacKenzie even went to great lengths to bring his dead or dying, trusting, friendly, cat and kitten victims to veterinarians then lying to his concerned girlfriend about their conditions with his fabricated "updates" on their conditions and prognosis, most were already dead or beaten so badly they had to be euthanized due to the sever trauma and were already on their way to the crematorium.....a fact that his trusting, animal loving girlfriend had no idea of. She was still waiting on and believing Lynde/Mackenzie's latest, daily [fabricated] updates on their conditions. This is a sick, torturous individual who is a sneaky impostor who poses as a compassionate, involved, concerned individual with a cruel, torturous and evil agenda. He believes he is intellectually superior to other members of society and believes he can convince anyone of anything he chooses. The fact that these convicted felons (for any felony, including aggravated animal cruelty [which by definition, includes torture]) can legally change their names is staggering! As someone who works in the medical field, I have had the opportunity to discuss this case with several respected Psychiatrists and each have agreed, independent of each other and without hesitation or provocation, that Mr. Sean Lynde aka Sean Barry MacKenzie DID NOT BEGIN, at the age of 36, consecutively torturing and killing, over a 3 month period, two, friendly senior cats and then, again consecutively, within the same 3 month period, four, friendly, trusting, 8 week old kittens while alone with them in his home...a total of 6 cats and kittens who innocently came into his home, two at a time (most, with the exception of the first two senior cats, HE, HIMSELF, was an active participant in the adoption of) and ended up dead after being alone with him. Each Psychiatrist who participated in these discussions, firmly stated that Mr. Sean Lynde aka Sean MacKenzie has almost positively been torturing and killing animals since he was a child. Each MD remarked that "this was probably just the first time he's been caught". Now given the depth of Mr. Lynde aka Mr. MacKenzie's mental illness, how is it legal that he is able to disassociate himself from his cruel and sociopathic intentions (in the public eye) by legally changing his name? After speaking with the Assistant D.A. who prosecuted the case and settled for a plea bargain where Sean Lynde aka Sean MacKenzie admitted to breaking the neck of only one of the 6 victims and pled guilty to Felony Aggravated Animal Cruelty, I was told that although he has changed his name, Mr. Sean Barry MacKenzie's fingerprints will not change and if he is arrested or fingerprinted, his previous conviction record will come up. Well....guess what? That is unacceptable. The public should be entitled to know who is living next door to them, who they are hiring for a freelance job or even dating and what risks they are taking despite what the convicted felon is determined to hide from their knowledge. How can society make an educated choice about who they allow into their homes and lives when, without fingerprinting him, he is able to boldly create a new identity for himself and continue to be a dangerous predator? I find this frightening and irresponsible on the part of our judicial system and believe it is a subject that should be further investigated. In addition, it is widely known, accepted and proven that 

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This is an excellent read and sadly it hold true. Sean Lynde (aka Sean Mackenzie) is the perfect example.
While he started out murdering 5 kittens, he then escalated to cyber-stalking and victimizing
his girlfriend, and is now attempting to extort a start-up (made the mistake of hiring him for freelance graphic design work) by using "google-bomb" tactics to ruin the reputations of the principals.
These people need help, and quite honestly may need to be kept in detention facilities for the protection of society.


Animal Cruelty Encapsulated
A Review of the Related Literature
Three Theories of Offenders
Method and Study Design
Case Studies of Three Theories of Violent Offenders
Nonviolent Offenders Investigated
Summary Conclusions and Recommendations
Tom Nero Mary Bell and Advances in the Study of Animal Abuse
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Linda Merz-Perez is the former Executive Director of the Humane Society of Shelby County, Alabama. She currently serves on the boards of Hand-In-Paw and the SPCA, West Pasco, has served as court-appointed Animal Cruelty Investigative Officer, and has been involved in the field of animal welfare for the last 14 years. Kathleen M. Heide is professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and a licensed mental health counselor. She is an internationally recognized consultant on adolescent homicide, family violence, personality assessment, and juvenile justice, and the author of Why Kids Kill Parents: Child Abuse and Adolescent Homicide (1992) and Young Killers: The Challenge of Juvenile Homicide (1999).

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