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Charges Against Mesa Catnapper and Alleged Cat Killer Are Dropped

Local residents of a Mesa, AZ neighborhood, through vigilance and determination, identified an animal abuser and danger to society and led police to make an arrest earlier this month.

The case was disturbing enough that local residents and businesses put up $5,000 toward a reward and the HSUS added another $2,500, to get the person off the streets.

Our stories $7,500 Reward Offered For Mesa AZ Catnapper, from August 31, and Arrest Made in Mesa AZ Catnappings, from September 4, followed the case, which can be summed up, in brief, as follows:

Neighborhood vigilance led to the arrest of Scott Andrew Graham for the catnapping and killing of a Mesa, AZ cat whose August 8 abduction was captured on surveillance video, and whose mutilated body was later found in the area. Neighbors have reported 12 cats missing; two other cats were found dead.

Graham, who lives with relatives in the neighborhood, admitted to authorities that he took between 30 to 40 cats but denies hurting any of them. He claims to have taken them home, played with them, then released them. Evidence at the home Graham is staying at, and in the car, along with the surveillance footage all led to the arrest.

Neighborhood residents, who were afraid for their pets and their children before the catnapper’s arrest, were pleased and relieved when he was arrested and charged. Now the mood has changed, as all charges but a single minor count were dropped today.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, citing lack of evidence, will not prosecute Scott Andrew Graham. The attorney’s Office sent the case back to Mesa police for more evidence, and a Mesa police spokesperson said their detectives won’t pursue the case.

Though the suspect admitted to stealing 30 to 40 cats, was captured on video stealing Biscuit, who was found mutilated and dead the following day, and whose car trunk had cat hairs in it and reportedly smelled like death, the case has been dropped.

Neighborhood residents say that for them the case is not over and they want Graham to know they are watching him.  It is our opinion that they cannot watch him too closely, and they should keep their pets and children inside, alarm their homes, and maintain security patrols 24/7 for as long as the catnapper lives in their midst.

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    September 21, 2012 10:45 pmPosted 2 years ago

    If I had a clean shot on that scumbag…… Shame on Phoenix as well, too busy asking for papers now.

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    September 21, 2012 10:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christie Eads


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    September 22, 2012 2:27 amPosted 2 years ago

    What is wrong with people?!

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    September 22, 2012 7:38 amPosted 2 years ago
    Jeanie Coolahan

    What goes around, comes around; life will hopefully dole out more punishment than could be given by the legal system…..

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    September 22, 2012 11:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Susan Pike

    They have him on video taking the cat who was found dead the next day what else do you need?? We have been let down again by our so called legal system. Sounds like we need a new legal system or at least a new DA.

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    September 22, 2012 2:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    michelle mongognia

    Almost all SERIAL KILLERS start with mutilating animals!!! Way to go Maricopa County !! Hope you didn’t just release the next Ted Bundy…

    Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer had impaled dogs’ heads, frogs, and cats on sticks.

    Columbine High School students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who shot and killed 12 classmates before turning their guns on themselves, bragged about mutilating animals to their friends.

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    September 22, 2012 2:46 pmPosted 2 years ago

    He’s probably a relative of the mayor or something like that……those people are different then you and me.

  • September 22, 2012 4:16 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    Totally unbelievable. What is it going to take to make sure justice is seen to be done.? personally, I would take a rusty axe and hack both his hands off then cut out his tongue…xxx

  • September 22, 2012 4:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    On second thoughts, offer him a biscuit or two which has ground up Wolfsbane as an ingredient. xxx

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    September 23, 2012 4:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Animal Luver

    This is outrageous! I thought Sheriff Joe was an animal lover!

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    September 25, 2012 8:45 amPosted 2 years ago
    Robin Boynton


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    September 25, 2012 6:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    John Smith

    This lynch mob syndrome, cat worshiping mentality scares me!

    It reminds me years ago of cat worshiping friend of a friend of friend who had 9 cats.  She thought the cats suffered too much when in Heat so she would relieve them with the eraser end of a pencil.  Most assuredly she would feel right at home on this thread.  She stated flat out she would save the life of a cat before the life of a human.

    Anyway while reading this and other local news, I came across similar threads nation wide and felt someone needs to say what the majority of us are thinking.   One thread was where a child was accused of abusing the family pet.

    The comments from the same type of mob mentality were; “This child should be tried as an adult and get the maximum sentence!” and “This child should be torture and killed himself!”.  Really?  Torture and kill a child because he abused a cat!  Again you people scare me!

    Would you believe the lynch mob in this other thread actually attacked the family’s livelihood for what the child did to the pet.  They were so proud about how their actions will impact the family of the child for many years to come.   And the pet is still alive and unharmed from what I understand.  Man you people scare me.

    Lets not forget all the expert armchair psychiatrists; “studies prove this child will grow up to be a serial killer!”.

    Really?  Myself and several friends from the time we got our first BB guns went on the hunt.  We killed and maimed 100s of all sorts of animals, yes and cats too, anythat that moved for that matter.

    Now for the last 20 years I haven’t hurt a single living thing, except for your occasional Black Widow or Scorpion.  I’m sure there are Arachnophiles out there that want me dead!  Ha Ha Come find me, I got a can of Black Flag waiting for you!

    As friends I have a several successful Business Managers, a Firefighter, and me the Architect.  Sorry to disappoint, no serial killers.

    This random guy will probably never do me or my family any harm!  And if I leave my pets unattended and something happens it’s my fault.  I’m willing to bet other hazards like; cars, coyotes, and lapping up radiator fluid are much more common than the “Cat Serial Killer”, LOL!  Don’t leave your pets unattended, it’s your fault if something happens.

    Do you realize that 2.8 million cats are euthanized every year in the US alone!  The guy that killed 40 cats just saved me some tax dollars.  Countless cats are killed in laboratory and research facilities.  And lets not forget the millions and millions of felines that become a part of Asian cuisine every year.

    As for those who think animals are on a level playing field with humans.  Sure the human race has its atrocities, but don’t judge a whole civilization based on the actions of a few individuals, the animal kingdom as a whole is by far more cruel.

    I prefer driving my air conditioned finely tuned luxury sports car, to go view the masterpice works of da Vinci while listening to Mozart on the 100th floor in a beautifully architected skyscraper savoring finely aged wine and cheese.

    What’s kept felines busy for the last 100 years?  Nothing, they are still sniffing/licking cat A$$ and eating cat $hit.  Maiming and torturing other smaller animals, and eating their young.  Same as always and always will be.

    However if that appeals to you, to each his or her own.  I’ll send you a bad of kitty litter to celebrate your exit from human society, but you all are a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites anyway, I’ll bet you have at least 100 items in your possession that contribute to animal suffering!

    If you want to be active in ending world suffering start at the top of the hierarchy not the bottom, or there will no you or anyone else left for that matter when animal life becomes more precious the human life!

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      September 26, 2012 1:01 pmPosted 2 years ago

      So because you were a cruel d-bag, it is okay. I don’t even know where to begin with my reply to your self-centered, egotistic, poorly written, poorly spelled, grammatically stunted, circular logic-filled, biased note to the posters here on this site. Fortunately, time is short so my reply will be as well.

      You make so many fallacious arguments, from appeal to an anonymous authority (of sorts) to straw man and weasel wording that you sound, well rather like a complete dolt.

      People here are venting, and showing their frustration not actually thinking about perpetrating the cruel acts that you yourself, though self-admission, are guilty of inflicting on other sentient beings. I can however say that this statement, to follow, is not just a vent. I would love to have such a conversation with someone such as yourself, after you got out of your “finely tuned luxury sports car,” face-to-face. I have litter tolerance for douchebaggery, and you sir, sound as though you are pure vinegar and water, from hear to toe. I realize that resorting to threats of violence, or even the potential of it, is petty and trite, but some people deserve to be “taught” a lesson. Those poor animals that you cravenly shot with your BB gun did not need any lessons from the likes of you, but you could so obviously benefit from feeling a touch of what you have inflicted.

      Keep your ridiculous ideas of a biological hierarchy to yourself, for they have zero merit in the world of professional biology. Keep your self-aggrandizing BS to yourself as well, John. Let people share their frustration in peace, without the constant reminder that there are punks in the world that troll such sites as this to spread their personal message of inaccuracy, conceit, and pusillanimity!

  • September 25, 2012 9:24 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sue Bingley

    @John Smith. Your self obsessed, self opinionated and materialistic mentality scares me….By the way, your ego may want us to believe you are highly educated, but you seem incapable of spelling correctly. Worshipping contains two ps. Not one. xxx

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      September 27, 2012 5:59 amPosted 2 years ago
      John Smith

      It seems ironic that someone who points out my supposed fallacious arguments would then use Ad Hominem in response.  Most every word written is an attack on me, my writing, my grammar, my spelling, my disposition, physical threats, and name calling.

      FYI I’m paid very well into 6 figures for my architecture designs and not my literary genius, so mock away! Misspelled or fat-fingered words, my iPad has no spell check.

      Anyway which of my statements is incorrect? 

      Is it my “ridiculous claim of biological hierarchy that has no merit”, as you say? I think I first learned in grade school biology human beings were at the top of the hierarchy, has this changed?

      I tried to find a good reference for human accomplishment to compare but quickly fell into information overload.  I looked for what cats have accomplished in the last 100 years, 1,000 years, 5,000 years the result was quite the opposite, I found nothing.

      The man in question broke the law and he should be punished to the extent of the law.  

      However he doesn’t deserve to be; lynched, stalked, poisoned, dismembered, shot, strung up by the b@lls, etc. to likes of lynch mob syndrome crowds here and similar places on the net that value the lives of a few cats over the lives of human beings.

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        September 27, 2012 3:04 pmPosted 2 years ago

        You are correct John that I did you some Ad Hominem in my response, but douchecanoery will bring that out, even in the best of us.

        Again, time is short, so my response will be as well.

        Yes, the hierarchy that puts humans at thew top of the evolutionary scale is completely incorrect, nowadays. There is simply no biological reason, nor scientific evidence to assume humans have some sort dominion over every other species on Earth. Simply because we can kill off something, or cruelly shoot a defenseless domesticated animal with a BB gun let’s say, does not mean we are superior. By your obviously money-obsessed, control-over-the-environment attitude and simplistic belief system, you think that makes you superior to other organism, which is a ridiculous point of view as view through a modern scientific lens. As is you anthropocentric view of what cats have “accomplished.” Really quite laughable, actually that a thinking person would state such a thing. As a peer-review published author of scientific articles based on natural science, paleontology, mammalian paleobiology, I find you ego and arguments, well revolting. I find your justification for animal cruelty, even in your own past, laughable and despicable; much like I assume (via the evidence you yourself provided) you likely are as a human being. (yes, another personal attack)

        Anyway, cats have accomplished far more than you have, or ever likely will be capable of, in even one single generation. They have accomplished the unconditional acceptance and giving of emotion to a human (likely even to you, for they do not judge as our species, including myself, have a habit of doing), something I gather by your ridiculously outdated view of extant biota you are likely incapable of yourself. (Yes, yet another attack. Oh my!) They would make a far better human that you already do, and you’ve got the genetic advantage.

        Cockroaches and rats would have us beat in terms of overall survivability, hands down, btw.

        Lastly, you are obviously a somewhat intelligent person; your writing, while poorly constructed the first go around, shows all of us that. However, you have shown your true colors as a less than savory human being. I agree with you that some of the suggestions for this person are a bit outrageous. However, with that said, people are responding vicerally to a gross set of actions by a crave person, some level of anger is expected. While you are trolling a board for people that actually love cats is beyond me at the moment, but maybe you should find something more productive to do like make yourself some more money with your limited, but apparently valuable skill set. (BTW, as the Director of IP for a medical device company I also do quite well, but didn’t feel the overwhelming desire or, likely in your case [compensation for other short comings, maybe?], claim my salary as it really has ZERO influence on why this entire “conversation” was initiated. Worse yet, the very fact that you see biotic worth related to the ability to earn money or construct artificial structures (yet another BTW, I have an MSc in mechanical engineering as well as one in geology/earth science, so I do understand architecture and even find it fascinating and potentially beautiful too) makes you one of the many things that are wrong with our species today, and what will most likely play a significant role in our decline as a dominant force on this planet (the average mammalian species has a life span of ~2my during the Cenozoic). Shallow, materialistic, and capable of justifying your own despicable behaviors without admission of just how truly petty as a human being it all makes you.

        Anyway, I do not think I shall waste any more time responding to your eurybathic self. Continue on with your trolling sir, and attempting to stir emotional pots with your insensitive, inane comments of justification and self-righteous, bombastic, self-agrandizing BS. (final, sarcastic personal attack) Really sir, you must be very proud of the human being you’ve become. After all, money is everything.


        *note – I fully admit my Ad Hominem attacks here make me less than perfect as a human being. However, unlike you “John,” I have never tortured defenseless animals and then justified my behavior because I earn, what must be to you, a lot of money. Keep leaving your life so shallow, it makes you awesome!

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          September 29, 2012 12:12 amPosted 2 years ago
          John Smith

          How uninspiring, could you possibly use more words to say nothing..

          Seriously do you just cut-n-paist your responses from someone else you think sounds intelligent because he or she uses a lot of big words.  You are often out of context, and make too many mistakes and too many assumptions to be the professional you claim.

          If it wasn’t for vacation I wouldn’t have read past 2 sentences.  If you can’t communicate ideas in quick bytes using simple words that everyone can understand in todays fast-paced information age you’re a dinosaur, or a pretender, or you really just suck at your profession.

          It’s over now anyway, they dropped the charges on so-and-so and I’m thankful the Police are back to doing Police work on real people and not waisting their time and my tax dollars on the mystical “cat serial killer”!

          I hope to see you at the rally, I’ll be the one driving by in the finely tuned luxury sports car waving and a LOL!

          P.S. There is no evidence of human superiority? It’s called a library.

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    September 29, 2012 1:58 amPosted 2 years ago

    @”John Smith”

    Short and sweet for you, Troll!

    The library you claim as evidence of human superiority must be just out of your grasp since you choose to call out my authorship and word usage. Frequent one Troll and you may not have to look up the words of others so often.

    I will be at said protest on the morrow. I will be holding a yellow sign (front), and white on the back of the board, so I will be easy to ID. Please feel absolutely free to stop by in your oft-mentioned “finely tuned luxury sports car.” I would love to chat about the merits of your trolling ways with you face-to-face.

    Hope to see you tomorrow, Troll.


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