Former Royal Navy gunner Steve Bouquet launched his bloody campaign against the cats of Brighton for nearly a year, leaving little evidence behind but a trail of deceased felines in the same square mile of the city.

By the time Bouquet was unmasked by owners of the unfortunate pets who found themselves at the end of his blade, so many of the city's felines had been slain that his eventual conviction would see him become the most prolific cat killer ever captured and sentenced in the UK.

Our short documentary details how Bouquet evaded authorities for so long, how a single mistake led to the unraveling of his bloody spree by heartbroken owners, and why we may never know the limits of his criminality.

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