The FBI says that most serial killers and school shooters abused animals before they murdered people. In the internet age, that animal torture has found a devoted audience online.

Usually animal crush videos feature bugs or mice.
Usually animal crush videos feature bugs or mice.

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  • People around the world — including in the US — are making “animal crush” videos, an extreme version of torture porn in which animals are tortured and killed on video.

  • The making and distribution of these videos are illegal, and mostly exist on the dark web, but some slip through detection efforts on mainstream social media platforms.

  • Experts say that the people who make these videos have the characteristics of a budding serial killer. 

  • Those who watch them might get sexual pleasure out of pain. 

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Editor’s Note: This story contains graphic details about animal abuse and cruelty.

Many “animal crush” videos will start the same. 

A person whose identity is masked will hold up an animal, like a cat or dog, and pet them affectionately. 

An audience will get a chance to see

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