UPDATE: Sean Lynde
Once in a while, however, we get something else.
It looked innocent enough. It even sounded reasonable after reading it once. Well, here it is
From: CS [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2010 1:27 AM
Subject: : Victim’s name
Might it be possible to remove victim’s last name from this article? Lynde is a convicted felon now (took a plea) and I’m sure she doesn’t want her name tied to his on this site. That said, well done. The article is great.:
See what I mean? No big deal, right?
But you know me, I always have to check a story out. So, mainly because I hadn’t heard anything about Sean Lynde copping a plea, I googled Sean Lynde.
And had my whole fucking day ruined.
NO JAIL TIME FOR SERIAL CAT KILLER/TORTURER In N.Y.C.
from the article by Karen Nichols – The Cat’s Meow (Blog)
Cat murderer Sean Lynde, 37, who had been charged in the deaths of five of his girlfriend’s cats (and is presumed to be responsible for the disappearance of a sixth), entered a plea deal which requires that he attend weeky psychotherapy sessions for a year and stay away from his ex-girlfriend and her dog. He will get no jail time for his heinous acts.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus (firstname.lastname@example.org) signed off on the plea, in which Lynde admitted to killing one of the cats and to violating a court order by harassing his girlfriend online, but said he wasn’t happy with the agreement.
“I’m concerned about it, because of the conduct not only towards animals, but towards his ex,” Rachael Strate, who was the cats’ owner, Obus said.
He added that he was only signing off on the agreement because prosecutors said Strate was “fully on board” with the deal, which spares her from having to testify about her heartbreak in court.
“If not for her desires, this would be hard to accept,” Obus said, adding that he and prosecutors would be keeping a close eye on Lynde, and that if he violated the terms of the agreement or gets into any trouble with the law, he could end up in prison for up two years.
Lynde’s murderous spree began in October 2008, just three days after he moved in to Strate’s West Side apartment. He pleaded guilty to killing Bonafide, and to a charge of criminal contempt for violating a court order to stay away from Strate. He’d posted a picture of her on Craigslist along with an ad soliciting sex.
You can imagine how I felt after reading this article. Six cats, four of them innocent little kittens, killed in all sorts of brutal, excruciating ways, including poisoning, blunt force trauma, and a broken neck. Let’s take a look at an excerpt from my original story on Sean Lynde:
Three days after Lynde moved into her apartment, Rachael Strate’s 15-year-old pet kitty Cleo was found behind the dryer with a mouth full of laundry detergent and evidence of head trauma. By the end of October, Strate’s other cat, Zoe also mysteriously suffered severe head trauma and had to be euthanized.
…the following month she the woman adopted two kittens, Willie and Betty. Willie became unresponsive after his first night in the couple’s home and had trouble walking because his legs had stiffened from trauma. He was returned to his adopter.
The second kitten, Betty, died November 24th. Lynde told the veterinarian the kitten had suffered brain damage and stopped breathing after falling off a table, The second kitten, Betty, died Nov. 24. Sean Lynde told the veterinarian the kitten fell off a counter top and just stopped breathing.
…she instead adopted two more kittens named Emo and Bonafide…The same day he was adopted, Dec. 18th, 2009, Emo was treated for a broken paw. A month later, on January 22nd, 2009, Emo went missing, never to be seen again.
Shortly before Christmas, Bonafide suffered phantom trauma resulting in blindness and brain damage. A month later, on January 23rd, the kitten’s body was discovered with it’s neck broken.
That’s 5 dead cats and one severely injured in the space of 4 months. Yet in spite of all this cruelty, Sean Lynde will walk away from this beef in a year with a clean record. How can this be?
What? What did she say? My God, what about those poor animals? What about their pain? Don’t they deserve some justice?
What Sean Lynde did was cruel, uncivilized and inexcusable, but Rachael Strate betrayed the pets she promised to love a protect. Her transgression isn’t nearly as bad as his, but it hurts me just as much.
Anyways, I got some satisfaction out of answering CS’s email. Hope you enjoy it.
I’m Max The Cat, editor of PYSIH and author of the article on Sean Lynde. I’m sorry, but I can’t remove Rachael Strate’s name from the story, and I’ll explain why. Rachael wasn’t Sean Lynde’s only victim. There was Cleo and Zoe, Willie and Betty, and finally, Emo and Bonafide. Those six cats and kitten died horrible, painful deaths at Sean Lynde’s hands.
And when it was time for justice for Cleo and Zoe, Wille and Betty, and Emo and Bonafide, Rachael Strate let them down. She signed off on a plea agreement that not only allowed Lynde to avoid serving any time in prison, but promises that if he meets certain conditions, like attending weekly psychotherapy, and avoiding contact with Rachael Strate, over the next year, all his charges will be dismissed. So he will never be a convicted Felon – he isn’t one now, and he won’t be one in the future, unless he screws up during this year.
One can only hope.
People need to know this, and when I post my update to the Sean Lynde story, they will know it. And they will also know that Rachael Strate did her part to make it possible for this SOB to get off with a slap on the wrist. The judge said in his statement to the court that he probably wouldn’t have accepted the plea bargain if Rachael hadn’t agreed to it, so there’s no doubt that what I’m saying is true.
I don’t know if you intended to mislead me by saying Sean Lynde was a convicted Felon, or if you didn’t understand the terms of the plea bargain, so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. I’m just glad I checked it out.
You have a nice day, m’kay.
Max The Cat
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cuddle with my furry buddies and try not to think of something bad happening to one of them.
I love my cats, almost as much as I love my children. I’ve finally stopped apologizing for that.
God, at this moment I feel so much like beating Sean Lynde’s face into a bloody fucking mess.
But it’ll pass.
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