24-year old Alex Phelps was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky on charges that he abused, tortured and killed several cats. Witnesses have come forward and have said that they gave Phelps cats that they advertised on craigslist.
The reason I bring up this story because it’s a commonly held belief that people who torture and kill animals like this have the most potential to go on to become serial killers.
Now I’m not saying that correlation equals causation but this is the type of person that frequents craigslist. If he hadn’t been caught how long would it have been before he started using craigslist to find human victims? Horny guys on casual encounters would probably be the most vulnerable considering they believe everything they read on the internet.
UPDATE 11/8/2011: His charges have been transferred from Jefferson to Bullitt County.
UPDATE 1/2/2013: Last month Phelps pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 5 years. He’s currently out on bond. Sentencing is set to take place on the 11th.