Do you remember Don’t F*ck With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer? Stupid question, of course, you do. The Netflix docuseries, which chronicles acts of animal cruelty and murders committed by Canadian pornographic actor Luka Magnotta, became one of Netflix’s top five most-watched documentaries of 2019. And it seems like the true-crime show might’ve just influenced a real-life horrific set of murders in Oxford.
Scarlet Blake is said to have reportedly live-streamed herself killing a cat, just four months before she allegedly murdered a man. Blake followed her victim Jorge Martin Carreno as he walked home from a night out in Oxford in July 2021, according to Oxford Mail.
Carreno’s body was found at the Parsons Pleasure bathing spot in the River Cherwell. The reported cause of death indicated that the young man had contracted a blow to the back of his head before drowning.
According to the Crown Court, it took investigators two years to conclude that the victim did not die from an accident or by taking his own life but had in fact been attacked by Blake.
“He died because he encountered the defendant on that night. He died because he met a person who had a fixation with violence and with knowing what it would feel like to kill someone,” the prosecution stated. “The defendant was out on the streets of Oxford that night looking for a victim. She targeted him and took him to Parsons Pleasure, where she killed him, leaving his body to be discovered by others over 24 hours later.”
It was claimed that Blake, who previously went by the name of Alice Wang, derived intense sexual gratification from the thought of violence.
Jurors were shown videos of her engaging in consensual strangulation with her partner. One showed her partner sitting on a bed pulling the cord from a leopard print dressing gown tight around her neck until she appeared to collapse before recovering, according to The Telegraph.
The court also heard how Blake had lured the cat with food and a crate before butchering it to death in a 20-minute-long video that was too gruesome to be showed to jurors.
At this moment, it is unclear whether the crime is directly related to the eerily similar Netflix show. There is sufficient research that suggests that murderers very often start out by killing and torturing animals, further convincing sociologists, lawmakers and courts that acts of cruelty to animals deserve attention.