According to Pierce County Prosecutors, 19-year-old Matthew Garrett Williams is a textbook example of a budding serial killer.
The Lakewood teen was arrested on July 8 when police found him passed out in his car, an air rifle in his lap and a ski mask on his face. Earlier in the day someone had called police stating that someone matching Williams' description had fired an air rifle at a man waiting at a bus stop.
When police pulled Williams from his car, they say they found .22 caliber rifle ammunition and a large machete inside, along with a bag of "marihuana."
Upon questioning, Williams allegedly told officers that he'd bought the rifle thinking it was deadly and that he wanted to kill many people. He supposedly told them that he has great respect for Ted Bundy, and that "he enjoyed the 'God-like' feeling he got when he tortured and killed an animal."
During the interview WILLIAMS stated that he was preparing to murder people. He stated that he had been increasingly strong desires to murder people and that he had been taking steps to prepare himself to carry out the murders, including steps to "desensitize" himself to murder. These steps included:
He had identified a particular victim type, to wit: homeless people and/or "average" white men with no family connections.
He had killed 5-7 birds and squirrels, mutilating their bodies.
He had gone online and watched videos of people being tortured and killed.
Furthermore, Williams apparently told police about how he'd previously killed his father's cat while he was gone over the Fourth of July. Court documents say Williams said he'd tried to strangle the cat, but it was taking too long, so he bludgeoned it to death with a flashlight.
Later he kept the corpse in his car for several days before finally driving it to a remote cul-de-sac and setting it on fire.
Williams drew a map for officers to find the cat's corpse, and they supposedly found a burnt mark on the road and a singed cat collar.
Williams also apparently told officers that he didn't think he could contain the urge to kill people much longer, and he agreed to be voluntarily committed to Western State Hospital.
He now stands charged with felony harassment, animal cruelty, two weapons charges, DUI, and possession of marijuana.