(Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted here.)
Comment: As a child, Jim killed several cats and held funerals for them
Fact: He held funerals for many different animals, and there is a rumour he killed one cat, not several
A friend of Jim’s from childhood said they heard a rumour that he stabbed a cat to death before holding a funeral for it. This has lead to posts online stating he killed cats on a regular basis. These posts have clearly stemmed from that one comment and have become exaggerated over time. He held funerals for animals, but it is generally documented that they were already dead when he picked them up. He cared about animals, possibly seeing them as his only friends at the time. He said he felt suicidal when his dog died. It’s likely the comment about stabbing a cat is just a rumour, but even if it was true, it was still an isolated incident. It is misleading to say he “killed several.” There is no evidence of him doing that regularly to any type of animal.