When last we left Miami-Dade State Attorney Kathleen Rundle in February, she was taking her sweet time prosecuting the murder of a baby aborted alive in a Hialeah, Fla., abortion mill almost three years ago, in July 2006.
Rundle gave Sunshine State legislators a cold rebuff after they wrote her to get a move on, responding:
While we understand the emotional perception that this is an "easy matter," nothing could be further from the truth. The legal and ethical requirements that we be able to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt dictate that we thoroughly complete our investigation before we come to a legal decision in this matter.
Two weeks later Rundle finally handed down an indictment, refusing to prosecute the baby's homicide as murder. Rather, it was "tampering with evidence" and "unlicensed practice of a health care profession resulting in serious bodily injury."
Fast forward to April, when someone began mutilating and killing cats in two Miami-Dade neighborhoods. The outcry with demands to make it stop were instant.
Animal cruelty is despicable. Only sick people hurt and kill defenseless animals. That's how Jeffrey Dahmer got his start.
But knowing the same sorts of torturous acts are committed every day against human beings in at least 25 Miami area abortion clinics with no public protest makes me a little crazy. These would include the aforementioned, an abortion survivor who was suffocated in a plastic bag and thrown on the clinic roof for a week until he was so infested by maggots he couldn't be properly autopsied.
On June 13 a suspect cat killings was apprehended, prompting this speedy, unfrosty – emotional even – statement of relief from SA Rundle:
Our communities … have been on edge for many weeks now because of the horrific and unspeakable slaughterings of many of their beloved feline pets. I sincerely hope that with his arrest, the residents will feel relieved and their cats will be safe once again. It is expected that the vicious crimes that have plagued these communities will not be repeated.
I commend the police officers … and senior trial counsel … who worked tirelessly and exhaustively with our law enforcement partners in order to put an end to these acts of cruelty. My heart goes out to the pet owners who have suffered such a great loss.
Mainstream media accounts attempting to humanize, dramatize and describe the cat killings in contrast to how they attempt to dehumanize, sanitize and obfuscate abortion also make me a little crazy. Some excerpts:
* "At a news conference … city and county leaders … reassured the community that the 'reign of terror' was over." (CBS)
* "… the killing spree …" (KPLG)
* "… [M]y heart goes out to those families who have lost their dear kitties 'cause I understand that pet owners feel very strongly about their little family members. … To see them so violated and so mutilated just defies all common sense and is painful for everyone involved. Thankfully … the terror has come to an end. And what of the perpetrator, depraved, demented, twisted." – Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson (CBS)
* "… a slew of brutal cat murders and mutilations …" (CBS)
* "[T]hrough media reports the grief and fear were shared nationally. … The cruelty of these crimes were horrific for the animal victims, but there were many human victims as well. Let's not forget the children and families who found their pets mutilated. These awful wounds inflicted a human toll." – Cutler Bay Mayor Paul Vrooman (CBS)
* "Police say some of the dead cats were missing fur and appeared to have been cut with a sharp, straight instrument." (Associated Press)
* "… Wayne Edwards … is down to 16 [cats] after one was found slain and mutilated in a neighbor's front lawn. 'Why come here in this area and kill innocent cats? They are not doing anybody any harm,' Edwards said." (KPLG)
* "This terrible time has drawn us together as a community, further emphasizing the importance of knowing our neighbors, communicating with each other and always staying vigilant to suspicious activities whenever or wherever they may occur. …" – Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn Jr. (KPLG)
* "Detectives said they believe [Tyler] Weinman is the ringleader in a group that stalked, captured, mutilated and killed neighborhood cats." (KPLG)
* "Wearing a bulletproof vest, the 18-year-old accused of kidnapping and killing more than a dozen cats made his first appearance before a judge. …" (KPLG)
Weinman is being held on $249,000 bond.
The suspect in the Hialeah baby murder, Belkis Gonzalez, was released on $50,000 bond.
The state attorney's office reported that Weinman faces a maximum sentence of 158 years in prison.
Gonzalez faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Some days more than others I find the acceptance of abortion unfathomable.
Contact: Jill Stanek
Publish Date: June 17, 2009
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