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Florida Police Arrest Three Men in Satanic Cat Killings

August 7, 1993

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) _ Three men accused of killing cats in satanic rituals face animal cruelty charges.

One suspect told investigators cult members drank cat blood after an animal sacrifice, said police Sgt. Jerry Potts.

The remains of at least eight mutilated cats have been found in the city since July 17, and Potts said there may have been others.

The cats were choked, stabbed or beaten to death, probably near a suspected ritual site, although some remains were found in their owners’ yards.

The men charged Thursday and Friday allegedly drove around residential neighborhoods looking for cats, Potts said.

″It was like, ‘Come here, kitty, kitty,’ and they took them,″ he said.

The suspects were identified as Richard M. Cotita, 25; Roger Grunder, 19; and Gregory Allen Scudder, 23.

Cotita told police the three men participated in a cat sacrifice that included drinking blood, Potts said.

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