In the macabre story, Heckmann admitted to filming himself as he tortured the defenseless tiger striped kitten named Loki. In a text message conversation according to krdo.com, Heckmann stated:
"You feel euphoric and just don't care what else is going on. A huge natural high...Killing is addictive. I haven’t had that high on so long, and I’m pissed it’s already over.”
Heckmann signed his sadistic text message with a happy face icon.
A clear correlation between animal torture and cruelty to humans has long been accepted by experts.
It was Heckmann's girlfriend who called authorities when she found out what he had done to Loki. Authorities searched his home and found the dead kitten in a garbage bag. A necropsy revealed the kitten suffered a horrible and prolonged death.
Another kitten, who Heckmann adopted at the same time was rescued. The kitten Stewie received long term veterinary treatment, and has since been adopted.
A Facebook page called Justice for Loki continues to follow the case and hopes the death of this kitten will encourage authorities to pass maximum punishments for animal abusers. The page has garnered nearly 5,000 "likes."
Heckmann is to be sentenced on July 28. If given the maximum sentence, Heckmann faces up to 18 months in prison, a $100,000 fine and mandatory mental health counseling.
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