"All racccoons must die:" Richard Moller accused of animal cruelty revenge killing

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Flickr/Neil McIntosh
What is it with raccoon rage in Boulder?

Plenty of people in the community have a love for urban wildlife, as witnessed by the outpouring of anger after two Boulder cops allegedly shot a neighborhood elk on New Year's Day. But back in 2011, police arrested three people on suspicion of killing a raccoon with a baseball bat and a machete. And now, Richard Moller is facing an animal cruelty beef related to the beating of two raccoons in a dumpster.

One version of the tale is told by an arrest affidavit obtained by the Boulder Daily Camera.

At around 6:45 p.m. on Monday, according to the document, police were called to 5610 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder.

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Near the scene.
There, witnesses said a man thought to be Moller climbed into a dumpster occupied by two raccoons and began waling on them with a piece of wood festooned with nails.

The Camera notes onlookers' accounts of the raccoons "screaming and moaning" throughout the onslaught. And when one of the witnesses yelled at Moller for his actions, he's quoted as responding, "All raccoons must die."

One did; its body was found in the dumpster. The other one's fate is unknown, since it scampered away before police could grab it.

What's Moller's problem with the little bandits? During a subsequent conversation with the officers who tracked him down, Moller is said to have acknowledged to having a jones for raccoons ever since he watched members of the species kill his cat a few years back. As such, he allegedly saw the presence of the pair in the dumpster as "my opportunity to kill the raccoons."

His latest opportunities? To appear in court at 2 p.m. tomorrow in relation to a couple animal cruelty counts, and to have his image immortalized by a professional photographer at the Boulder County Jail. Here's a look at his mug shot.

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Richard Moller.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa November 2011: "Nicholas Foti and two pals accused of killing a raccoon with a baseball bat and machete."

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13 comments
Nando Commando
Nando Commando

f the raccoons... seriously, though. coons put on a pretty face, but they're real assholes.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

DISGUSTING Animals - Google 'raccoon Latrine' - KILL EM ALL !!!

Conrad Luethy
Conrad Luethy

first a moose now this stupid shit whats next a squirrel

Joe Felice
Joe Felice

So running in front of someone and blocking her constitutes vicious? And you beat them with a bat? OMG, what's wrong with you?

Joe Felice
Joe Felice

He should never have had a cat. Kindness to animals is kindness to animals, period. You cannot legitimately say you love one and not another. Is this guy really sure a raccoon killed his cat? It was more likely a coyote. I've seen raccoons and cats interact, and I can tell you they don't pay one bit of attention to each other. I have witnessed this personally. And raccoons are not normally vicious or aggressive, usually only when cornered or when their babies are threatened. At least this is the way they are here in the suburbs. Maybe they are different in the outlying areas. Normally, we just leave raccoons alone and they go on about their business. And we have 2 Maine coons, which are a cross between a raccoon and a cat. They are gorgeous. In fact, the raccoon dad of one of them is on TV in commercials. You've probably seen the commercials for the Colorado lottery, Sears, and Xfinity. (Now I'm having fun.)

Marti Babb
Marti Babb

I grew up in Chicago with raccoons coming to my Gamma's house every evening. They weren't vicious unless they were scared. Remember they are wild animals & we have driven them out of their homes! People misinterpret animal behavior all the time. Drives me crazy!! I hope they throw him under the jail or give me 10 min. with him. I'll kick his sorry ass to next Tuesday. NEVER HARM AN ANIMAL

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

The Boulder Raccoons are vicious. We live in the woods with Raccoons. I know how a raccoon is suppose to act. My daughter lived in Boulder when she was in school across from the High School in an attic apartment with a big deck. They took up residence under the house eaves. When she got home she would have to pepper spray the raccoons to get up the stairs and get to her front door. It was awful They would run in front of her and block her from her door. I would beat one with a baseball bat no problem if it attempted to attack me. People feed them and then they act just like that. They become aggressive and vicious. Yeah you can love a Raccoon but then you are responsible for all the city raccoons. I know how this works. They need to be discouraged from living in the city and not feed by humans.

Ashton Mendoza
Ashton Mendoza

Lol hahaha, in high school we did what's called "bunny blasting". Think you get the idea

Ben Barr
Ben Barr

What the fuck?! The night before my neighbor killed these raccoons, I helped one of them get out because it was stuck. The raccoon and I had a moment together, we had a trans-species bond. This makes me sad. Well I hope you're getting your fill of God's garbage in the sky my raccoon friend...

Channing Henson
Channing Henson

Maybe I have a fucked up sense of humor but the CBS4 report on this last night was hilarious.

Daocfiend
Daocfiend

@L Vincent Miltenberger I agree, whoever is charging this guy with a felony for helping remove nuisance animals is an idiot.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Conrad Luethy      Squirrels are simply rats with furry tails. I had one crawl under the tiles on my roof and chew a hole in the plywood. Next thing I knew, my roof was leaking.  I caught it, marked it, took it several miles away across a highway, to a park with a lake.  It came back.  It is now dead!

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