Suspected Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron once decapitated a cat, log entry says

The self-proclaimed white supremacist accused of fatally shooting 10 black people in a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday stabbed and decapitated a feral cat, according to a gruesome online journal entry.

Payton Gendron, 18, detailed the vicious animal attack in a March 25 entry posted on the Discord app, and justified the sick act by saying the stray feline attacked his family cat Paige.

Gendron wrote that he repeatedly stabbed the gray tabby cat and banged its head before grabbing a hatchet and chopping off the animal’s head.

“When I got home at ~10:30am I was eating bites of pizza when I screamed my cat Paige from the garage,” Gendron wrote.

“I entered quickly and the gray cat attacked him. I then spent the next hour and a half chasing the cat into the garage and stabbing it with my knife (the camo).

The radicalized teenager took meticulous notes of the murder, recording the time when blood flowed from the feline’s mouth, what knife he used to stab him and how many times he slit his neck until his head is detached.

He also posted disturbing photos of the cat’s decapitated body and his own face splattered with blood.

“It bled from the mouth around 11:00 a.m. and around 11:45 a.m. I was able to grab the cat’s tail and wrap it around and hit the cat’s head on the concrete floor,” he wrote. “I did it several times and when it got soft I grabbed [sic] a hatchet and swung its neck about 20 times until it came loose.

Gendron wrote that he felt no empathy or emotion after killing the stray dog.

Payton Gendron posted disturbing photos of the cat’s decapitated body and his own face splattered with blood.
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Payton Gendron saw a feral cat attack his own cat and decided to stab and decapitate him with a knife.
Gendron saw a feral cat attacking his own cat and decided to stab and decapitate it.
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“Honestly right now I don’t feel anything about killing this cat,” he said. “I thought I was going to suffer, but I literally feel empty.”

He said he told his mother he had killed the cat and she handed him a box to bury him in the garden.

“I just took a shower and now I’m here, I barely dug the grave, it’s so shallow,” Gendron wrote. “Well my cat Paige is now safe from that evil wildcat, may you find the happiness of conscience less [sic].”

About a month before detailing the moment he killed the wild tabby cat, Gendron opened up in a separate diary entry about how his cat Paige spent more time with him than anyone in her life. during the last years.

“My cat Paige has spent time with me more than anyone for the past few years, hopefully when I’m gone my family can take care of her properly,” he wrote in a Feb. 27 entry. .

People gather at a memorial outside Tops Market on May 16, 2022 in Buffalo, New York.
Gendron said in his diary that he felt nothing after stabbing and decapitating the wildcat.
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The encrypted message is typical of the often suicidal thoughts the defendant shared in his online diary.

Gendron’s online diary includes thousands of daily entries in which he details his plans to shoot and kill black people for months before Saturday’s massacre at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo.

In his entries, he often expressed doubts and fears about his mass shooting plans and that his only options were to either go through with it or kill himself.

Gendron, who turned himself in after Saturday’s bloodshed, faces one count of murder in Erie County and could see hate crime and domestic extremism charges upgraded soon after presentation of the case to a grand jury.

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