Phoenix, AZ — Due to popular demand, I bring you Russell Hofstad — a mentally disturbed transient accused of skinning, gutting and eating a cat, later using the critter’s tail, liver and entrails as a fashion accessory.
Hofstad was arrested Wednesday after the owner of a local warehouse/music venue discovered he had been camping inside the building. When police arrived on scene, Hofstad stood before them with a painted face, bloodshot eyes and cat parts wrapped around his neck. He also appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
When questioned about the bloody pile of cat pulp lying on the floor next to a pair of clippers and a screwdriver, Hofstad reportedly told police he killed the cat because he was hungry.
He hit the critter with a stick, he said, then stabbed it and skinned it with a butter knife. The cat’s organs were placed in a cooler, presumably for later consumption, and the skeleton was set aside for future use as a party decoration.
The owner of the warehouse told police Hofstad had admitted to eating more than just one pussy.
“I asked him how many cats he had eaten and he told me three,” said the owner, who did not want to be identified. ”I almost threw up. It was bad. And I looked at the mess and there was a lot of mess to clean up.”
After examining that “mess”, Dr. Nancy Bradley, Director of Medical Services at the AHS, called it one of the most heinous cases she has seen and said it looked like the cat had been ripped apart.
Hofstad had been released from jail earlier this month and told police he had nowhere to go. He said decided to camp in the building because he had attended several raves there.
The 24-year-old is being held in the jail’s psychiatric facility, and has been charged with animal cruelty, burglary and criminal damage.
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