Buffalo, New York, shooting suspect Payton Gendron showed his inhumanity to animals ahead of his alleged racist attack on supermarket shoppers.
Gendron, accused of killing 10 people at a store he targeted because he served a black neighborhood, wrote in March that he stabbed and decapitated a feral cat, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
In a diary-like entry that apparently came from messaging platform Discord, Gendron said he spotted the stray cat attacking his family’s cat in the garage and repeatedly stabbed him. He wrote that he banged her skull against concrete and chopped off her head with a hatchet. He shared a photo of the body, decapitated and bloody.
“I called my mother and she gave me a box and I dug a shallow grave in the garden,” he wrote on March 25, according to the newspaper. “Honestly, right now, I don’t feel anything about killing this cat. I thought I was going to suffer, but I literally feel empty.
The New York Post provided further grisly details of Gendron’s entry, in which he recalls swinging the cat by its tail for greater strength against the hard surface, and requiring 20 hatchet blows to cut it. the head. He also posted a photo of his own blood-splattered face afterwards.
Gendron, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, pleaded not guilty to murder. He expressed concern in other journal entries that his parents would discover his mass shooting plot.
“My parents know little about me,” he wrote on February 22 in a note reported by the Washington Post. “They don’t know about the hundreds of ounces of silver I had, or the hundreds of dollars I spent on ammunition. They don’t know I spent nearly $1000 on s—random military. They don’t even know I own a shotgun or an AR-15, or illegal magazines.