Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After Playing GTA

December 5, 2008 -

It's so over-the-top awful that it almost sounds like a parody headline, but that's the report on AZfamily.com.

Apparently a pair of unsupervised boys, six and seven years-old, stoned a kitten and then strung it up following a Grand Theft Auto session. They reportedly used the controller cable in lieu of a rope.

The incident occurred in late October in Mesa, Arizona, but details are just beginning to emerge. Here's more from the AZfamily.com coverage:

The investigation began [when] deputies went to the neighborhood of one of the two boys... and found the kitten hanging by its neck from a backyard tree. The boys had apparently used a wire from the video game controller they were playing, Grand Theft Auto, to hoist up the kitten. The animal's head had been injured by blows from a rock.

[Maricopa County Sheriff Joe] Arpaio questions why these young children were allowed to play such a violent video game.

“This game allows players to kill cops and rape women,” Arpaio says. “It’s little wonder why they perpetrated such violence against that little animal.”

The boys are too young to prosecute under Arizona law and, for some reason, don't meet the guidelines for intervention by child protective services.


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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

PETA isn't the only animal rights group out there you know. Why not wish one of the other less crazy groups onto them.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

insanejedi: There are Pidgeons in GTA 4? Gotta go guys, gotta get my .50 and blow some birds! Happy thanksgiving! Posted 12/05/08 at 02:38pm SeanB: I understand that some children are different, but my 6 year old is NOWHERE near capable of playing a game like GTA Posted 12/05/08 at 02:37pm nelttab: pidgeons in GTA4 Posted 12/05/08 at 02:31pm insanejedi: Are there any animals except for humans in GTA games ever? Just saw this and thought it was relevent

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

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NO WAI!

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Seriously, all you need to do is watch Most Evil a couple of times, and you realize this is the exact same behavior exhibited by serial killers during their childhoods. But of freaking course, it must be the vidjamagames.

 

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

leaving children 6 and 7 alone, Im pretty shure thats not legal

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

''This game allows players to kill cops and rape women,” Arpaio says. “It’s little wonder why they perpetrated such violence against that little animal.”

Yeah... the rape thing.... yeah.. im gonna have to ask you to go ahead and take that out , and  im gonna have to ask you to apologise because that never happened.

And im sorry.. How does driving around cars and using guns etc.. suddenly teach kids to use a video game controller to strangle a kitten...

I dont see the relation there.. like.. at all..

Question->.. when do responsible parents

a) leave kids that age alone unsupervised long enough that they can go out n kill a kitten

b) leave them unsupervised playing a mature rated game.

Answer -> responsible parents DONT

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Holy...

...fucking...

...SHIT.

Poor cat.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

OK, just something that hadn't been posted yet... but if they were using the games controller to hang the cat, then they weren't playing the violent game with it at the time. Perhaps they were playing the game then decided to use the controller to string the cat up... but apparently the cat was already dead by that time from being hit with rocks.

There really doesn't seem to be any connection to the game. This almost sounds like the meat/murder connection, most murderers ate meat before killing, so the meat must have been what made them kill.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

OMG! I ate meat last night! And I do SOOO hate my roommate...

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

See, I was wondering if they hung the cat, and were throwing rocks at it while it was hanging.  I still wouldnt waste a controller like that...  these kids have problems.  Seriously, who wastes a controller like that, you know it will get stolen or something.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

 What kind of parents don't buy their kids wireless controllers?  Just sickening.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

seconded

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

OK,

the news didn't list what kind of console it was.  Was it the Xbox 360? Playstation 3? Playstation 2? Playstation Portable?  What kind of controller was it use to hang a cat?  I'm sorry, this is too vague and very lack of evidence.

What kind of GTA was it?  They didn't say it, was it IV, Vice City, 3.

Oh boy, from reading this.  It was not video game's fault.  One question, which GTA had a scene with hanging a cat with a controller in it?  If it doesn't, not video game fault.  I did many research on school shooting, homicides, and terrible situation where video game were thought to "train" these killers, turns out they didn't need videogame.

This boy has sociopathic or Psychological problem from what I can tell.  Remember the case of the 9-year old Arizona kid who shot and killed his father, what video game was involved? Oh, that's right, none was involved.  This kid and the 9 years old in Arizona had mental problem or they are sociopath (before you say something Jack Thompson.  Read before you reply, OK).

 

PS: Oh I got something off of Kotaku which may interest you?

http://kotaku.com/5102288/gears-of-war-gets-political

How's that for video game and politics?  I think you should add this one and see what everybody thinks.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

I'm not buying this story. It sounds like the children made up the story about playing GTA.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

First reaction - Hahahahahahaha, that is so horrible, but hahahaha

After reading:

First off, this is really horrible that anyone would do this, and these kids were obviously unsupervised for too long to be able to do this.  Secondly, you can NOT rape women in the game Mr. Pork Chops, go back to Dunkin Doughnuts.  This should be investigated to see what the hell the parents are doing wrong if anything, and get these kids psychological help they evidently need.

I know I am going to hell for laughing about the story to start, but I am going to hell for far worse than that anyways, so screw it.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

This reminds me of the first Twisted Metal game. You could run over the bum and the idiot lawnchair loungers but could kill the dog. The manual even points it out that you ust be crazy if you want to kill a dog.

I wonder if that was inspired by Duck Hunt.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

I thought you couldn't kill the dog.

I remember there being an ice skater skating around on what I think was a frozen pond. You could watch it skate around for a while and then blow it away with machine guns.

My favorite had to be the businessmen in hong kong in twisted metal 2.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Great, now I have to hook up my NES because you brought up Duck Hunt, and now I want to play it, haha.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

The thing that bother's me most about this story is that these kids somehow don't qualify for children's services to get involved.  What exactly would have to happen for them to be there?  Clearly there is an issue here that is being ignored considering the tourture and killing of small animals is serious sociopathic/pyschotic behaviour.  Kids that age should not be left unsupervised so where was an adult while they were playing a game they should never be allowed to play and where was said adult when when they were beating and lynching a kitten? 

We know there's no rape or cruelty to animals in the GTA games so I'll chaulk that up to the usual media ignorance and sensationalism but these kids need serious help and for that to go ignored by the authorites disgusts me more than any blame the evil games crap ever could.

Edit - I missed where they said they were looking for volunteers to get the kids councelling but I still question what they would have had to have done for the state to get involved.

 

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

que (you know whos) ranting and raving...

all in all where the hell were the parents that were supposted to be watching the kids

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Probably not. In JT's world all animals are the playthings given to Christians by God himself, so these kids were well within thier religious rights to be entertained with torturing a young animal.

So I doubt he sees much of a crime here in the first place.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

After reading the article, it looks like they are trying to get the kids some mental help, but the parents can't afford it so the yare looking for volunteers. Hopefully they get it.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

It's amazing that the parents had enough money to afford an xbox 360 and gta iv, but not enough to get help for their kids...

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

$250 for a console and a game versus $250 an hours for help.

Yeah, you have no idea how much cheaper a console is over a couple months or a year of therapy. The only way they will probably get help is if the school can somehow share the blame for the way the kids are, then the state will have to step in and help out.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

"a wire from the video game controller they were playing, Grand Theft Auto, to hoist up the kitten"

GTA4 is a controller now? Funny, i could swear it was a video game...

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

That statement caught me off guard. It is very confusing. Seems like the missed a 'from the game' in there.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Amazing how the connection just flies out.

And I remember my high school psychology teacher once talking about some kids in his neighborhood growing up who'd been known to bury stray cats in the dirt with just the head exposed and then go over them with a lawn mower.

Gee, maybe it isn't video games?  Maybe it's that some kids develop fucked up tendencies in sociopathic behavior?

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

I remember my father telling me this story one day,

"When me and your uncle was younger, we used to go to our neighbor's house. He bred rabbits, you see, and we would be so bored we would kill a whole bunch of rabbits to pass the time. Beat them with sticks, rocks, hoses, hell, we even beat some rabbits to death with other dead rabbits. The little inbred retards just stood there all slack jawed and took it every time. Now that I am older, I realize that we were cruel, heartless little bastards and I wish I didn't do such a thing. Of course we didn't have any form of entertainment in the area either, which is probably why the other kids and I would beat the shit out of each other with sticks and hand made spears. You never hear about kids doing stuff like that for fun these days."

My dad is awesome.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Oh wow, I could of never thought of something like that. That really does make me feel sick.

Anyway. I am wondering how GTA had anything to do with it. If the cat was kill with a DVD case of "Friday the thirteenth", I bet the news would of never blamed it on the movie.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Wow....

I was gonna mention that video a few years ago about that guy pouring gasoline on a kitten and lighting him on fire, all while laughing, but, Jesus....

Also, what exactly is it with violence against kittens anyway?

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

this story has now actually made me cry...

i had a cat for friggin 22 years and it was the most lovable thing in the world (to me) why anybody.. (yes i understand that they are yound kids) would do that to a kitten is beyond me...

where were the parents in this... the viedo game prolly didnt have much to do with it but why were the parents letting them play a "M" rated game any way... sounds like VERY POOR PARENTING to me...(imo)

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Horrible logic.

It's sad the cat died but kids playing GTA is wrong?

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

I'm pretty sure that it IS wrong to let 6 and 7 year olds play GTA. I've been reading some of your previous posts, and you are a stupid, militant Anti-Anti-Gamer. In fact, you kind of remind me of Jack Thompson, except you are on our side of the debate.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Yeah, it pretty much was poor parenting for both stories of the kids.  Regarding these kids choking the kitten, who the hell lets kids that young play something like GTA?  Have a kid that age play on a damn swingset, for chrissakes, or play t-ball or something.  GTA at six and seven years old?  They'll just learn all the wrong ideas well before they're even capable of properly differentiating between right and wrong.

I think he said the two kids were something between the 10-14 age range.  However, I don't remember if he did say anything about what happened to them, but that it was a recurring act among others.  They apparently developed a penchance for torturing animals that they'd catch as strays and it was a small, rural neighborhood (this being in Nebraska) in the 40s/50s era.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Oh it totally IS poor parenting.

Unless they're one of those touchy-feely yuppies who think butchering an animal is little Timmy's way of "expressing himself".

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

wow i just felt my stomach churn reading that... my god.. poor animals...

 

 

on a side note, i thought i was meant to be desensitised to violence after playing 20 years of violent games, i mean if a cat getting killed upsets and makes me feel sick, then how an i supposedly desensitised enough to kill a person.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

You just got the award for most fucked up story of the day.  Congrats, I am going to go puke now that I am visualizing that.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

It's eight years since I heard it, but while I can type the words or even say it, I sure as hell cannot visualize it.

 

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

That is truly messed up.

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Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

And this was back when he was growing up in a rural area in the 40s/50s era.  The class had been discussing personalities of sociopaths and serial killers, and he'd been reminded of that because of how some of the more infamous serial killers grew up torturing small animals for amusement.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

This has been the most random news article i've seen all week. Yes like E. Zack said, I don't think you can hang cats in GTA. Come to think of it, I don't think there are any domestic or wild animals in GTA at all.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

There are pidgeons in GTA IV and there are objectives in game to kill all 200 of them.

Still, none of that includes raping or hanging anyone.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Precisely. Killable animals (well, domesticated pets at least) are generally very taboo in games. I was kinda surprised to see attack dogs in Call of Duty... but nothing beats Postal 2.

Re: Young Boys Hang Kitten with Game Controller Cord After

Little wonder? daming theres a lot of wonder why these kids did this, nothing in the game has anything to do with hanging cats, those little sociopaths need to be looked into.

 
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