PUEBLO, Colo. - The former girlfriend of a man accused of torturing and killing a kitten turned him into police, according to an arrest affidavit.
The arrest papers allege that Robert Heckmann, 25, videotaped himself killing a kitten named Loki on Jan. 15. That same day, his ex-girlfriend told Pueblo Animal Services Heckmann sent her a text saying he "had the urge to hurt something." Less than a half hour later, he sent her another text saying "he did it" and "the cat didn't want to die."
Investigators say Heckmann's ex-girlfriend told an animal welfare officer she saw Heckmann throw Loki against the wall four days before he was killed.
Tim McGettigan, a professor at CSU-Pueblo, said it's not unusual for violence to escalate. "That does fit the pattern of sociopathic behavior," he said. "It's repeated. It's awful and in some cases it becomes more and more awful as time goes on."
According to arrest papers obtained by KRDO-TV, Heckmann told his then-girlfriend after he killed Loki he let his other cat, Stewie, play with him. He told her he thought "it was hilarious Stewie was playing with him."
McGettigan said when someone commits an act of animal cruelty, it's usually not an isolated incident. "They are not satisfied with one awful crime. The euphoria that they gain from committing one awful crime makes them want to return and commit additional crimes in the future just like a drug addict," he said.
Heckmann will be in court Thursday.
His ex-girlfriend has a temporary restraining order against him. There's a hearing next week for a permanent restraining order.