William Leak Got Fired, So He Slit the Throats of His Boss' Border Collies

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William Skyler Leak
William Skyler Leak's tenure as the caretaker of a small Fort Worth stable was brief. Last August, after a short time on the job, he was fired and ordered to clear out of the on-site mobile home he'd been allowed to live in.

"The owner didn't like his work performance," Fort Worth police spokeswoman Sharron Neal would later tell the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Leak, 25, refused to go, squatting in the trailer for the next month until the owner secured a court order on September 25, 2012, forcing him to depart.

He did not stay gone for long. The next night, he broke into the stables he had once cared for and slit the throats of two border collies, one a puppy. He left a note for the owner on a bulletin board outside the stable, describing the killings as "absolutely beautiful."

"The sweet surrender as they looked into my eyes," he wrote. "It was breathtaking."

He warned the owner to stay away, or else "you will be in the same situation as your dogs."

Leak admitted to the crime on Monday in a Tarrant County courtroom, pleading guilty to two counts of animal cruelty. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to a five-year prison sentence, half of what he could have faced. He will have to serve two-and-a-half years before he's eligible for parole.

The Tarrant County DA's office did not name the border collies' owner in a news release, nor did the Star-Telegram when it first reported the story. But there's only one piece of pasture land on Anglin Circle where the crime occurred.


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Steve
Steve

Neckbeard faggot.

animas
animas

This occured in October 2012.  Is the Observer so hard up for animal mutilation sensationalism that they have to dredge up year old cases?

casiepierce
casiepierce

Eeew. That guy looks like the creepy "Stephen Linder" character from 'The Bridge'. I wonder if he sounds like he's choking on marbles when he talks.....

BillyBear
BillyBear

Terribly coy and cute to link to the owner's name.

Either use it or not.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Where do dog killers rank in the prison pecking order?

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Can't wait to see who this guy kills and 2.5 years when he gets out

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Where is bmarvel to tell you all how you need to have compassion for this guy

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Another one that needs to be taken out of civilized society permanently.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Wow. That note is some scary shit coming from this pathetic fuck.

I get the feeling a 5 year stint for him is about a lifetime too short for the rest of us. 

John1073
John1073

Great job, Tarrant DA. You have allowed a psychopath to roam the streets after a mere 5 year prison stay. Let us know when his term is up so we can stock up on weapons.

Greg820
Greg820

It's called Schizophrenia, people.  And like most mentally ill people in the US he likely had minimal interaction with Mental Health professionals.  But now that he committed a crime, he will get Mental Health care at your tax-payer expense.  That is called the criminalization of Mental Illness and that is how we operate in the good 'ol USofA. 

ksd0005
ksd0005

Can slit throats, but can't shave. 

BigD
BigD

Does he start fires and wet the bed too?

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Steve 

C'mon, Steve. Must you use that term?

You know hipsters are sensitive about their facial hair.

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

The killer probably had delay and delay in trial. Dont mind seeing it now and that he is getting some good time in the slammer. Hope he knows he will be playing house in the big house! If these were my pets, he'd have more coming to him than prison!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@animas probably because he was sentenced on Monday?  Its called follow up.  something people would rip them for if they didnt.  

Also, ERIC, I would like a follow up on the tramp from the lego land lawsuit at grapevine mills.  How is that coming along?

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

This guy's nickname will be "doggie style" -  does that answer the question??

wilme2
wilme2

@John1073 Even worse, likely only a two-and-a-half year stay.  And yes, that is how I feel too.

wilme2
wilme2

@Greg820 You are expecting TDCJ's mental health care to fix him and protect us?

Anonymouse
Anonymouse

@Greg820 That's impressive that you can confidently diagnose schizophrenia with so little detail.

gmit
gmit

@Greg820 HUH, well that is interesting. I guess we should craft justice case by case and just feel sorry for the criminals, really everyone is a product of something

R_Chase
R_Chase

@BigD I'd invite 100 fire-starting bed-wetters to my home before this guy.  

pak152
pak152

@ScottsMerkin"probably because he was sentenced on Monday?  Its called follow up" 

true but it is so buried down in the story that one could easily not make the connection


Greg820
Greg820

@wilme2 @Greg820 Nope.  Texans don't give a sh*t about mental health care and TDJC reflects our values.  We much prefer to flush our money down the toilet on punishment than provide any attempt at prevention. 

Greg820
Greg820

@Anonymouse @Greg820 Mentally stable people do not typically engage in such behavior.  I have worked with Schizophrenic people for over 20 years.  If not schizophrenia, then he has another mental illness closely associated to it and he cerrtainly fits the socioeconomic profile of a chronically mentally ill person.  This is a horrible crime and he should do the time.  I'm just saying that we need to get these types of people into a stable living situation so that they don't do this in the first place.  How much is 5 years of incarceration and x years of parole going to cost us? Couldn't that money be better spent assiting him to find gainful employment and appropriate medication for his illness?  Oh sorry, forgot.  That would require caring about your fellow American.

Greg820
Greg820

@gmit @Greg820 Hey man, it's your money that is being wasted by incarcerating instead of treating mentally ill people before they commit a crime.  Indeed everyone is a product of something.  Maybe we should look at what produces crime instead of focusing solely on punishment after the fact.  Aw, nevermind, that would actually require caring for another human being. 

savedbygrace
savedbygrace

@Greg820 @DktrStrangelove personally know this young man.totally out of his personality to do such a horrific deed. Please pray for him that he gets his mind right and heart too....so very sad for the pets and for him.

animas
animas

Gen Jack Ripper believes that it was due to flourination in the water supply...

americanvalues
americanvalues

@P1Gunter @caseyedge no one in the US believes you.  Even though one child is $200 a month for crappy insurance.  We are willfully ignorant.  Taiwan of all places insures all of it's citizens for less per capita than the US insures 60% or whatever the number is.

animas
animas

You do have a point, but there are still quite a few nutty people in France who are beyond the reach of any health care system, although some have moved to Belgium because of the high taxes, recently.

JFPO
JFPO

Mental health professionals can't buy a governor and a legislature the way the private prison industry can. Prevention eats into the customer base.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@caseyedge Even if he chose to seek help, odds are he couldn't afford it. Just to put things in perspective for you, the average therapist is about $100 an hour. The average psychiatrist is about $200 an hour. And a stay at Timberlawn runs approximately $1000 a day.

The American health system in it's entirety is a disaster. Unless you are literally dying you won't get any treatment unless your employer gives you insurance, and even then it's expensive.

The problem with Obamacare is that it didn't go far enough. He should have just upped our taxes and given everyone healthcare and left the insurance companies out of it. As a French citizen it's really amazing how much better my healthcare is there versus here.

Greg820
Greg820

@caseyedge I have no doubt this person displayed many signs of mental illness for years.  But we do not have a mental health "system" in the US that can identify and assit individuals long-term.  Affordability is also a huge issue, for how is a mentally ill individual that can't hold a job going to pay for services?  How are his parents going to do that?  Mentally ill people have to commit crimes to get affordable MH care. 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@caseyedge If he had had parents who were 1. involved in his upbringing, and 2. aware of mental health issue warning signs, perhaps they would have observed a pattern of anti-social behavior and gotten help for him. This is the surest way to head these problems off before they manifest in crimes like this.

caseyedge
caseyedge

If he did not choose to seek help, how are we supposed to do anything. Go door to door asking if anyone here needs mental health treatment? Unless he committed a.crime before, there is no way to identify people who need help until they do. I agree, you can`t treat mental illness or addiction in prison, but until there is a way to identify those in need without them coming forward voluntarily, I`m not sure what your asking us to do. If we started rounding people up we thought MIGHT need help, there would be civil rights lawsuits by the thousands.

americanvalues
americanvalues

@Greg820 @gmit shit ton more money in imprisonment/parole/probation than in treatment.

That's why we sport 5% of the world's population and 25% of the "prison" population in the entire world.

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