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.
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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