The discovery of many "skinned and eviscerated cats" on a Queens rooftop is alarming the ASPCA and the local police. Construction workers found various cat body organs and carcasses near a construction site and then called the police. ASPCA Special Agent Joseph Pentangelo told the media, "It's macabre, horrible. We don't know yet whether they were beaten to death or euthanized - whether it was ritualistic or if this was somebody's ideas of a biology lesson." The ASPCA is looking into whether or not the cats were some a high school science class.

This news is distressing, because as many people know, there are signs that animal cruelty can escalate into or accompany violence against humans. Here's a Humane Society note linking serial killers with animal abuse. And Gothamist on a cat cruelty arrest two months ago in Brooklyn.