Louis Theroux Wants To Make Documentary On South London Cat Killer


Louis Theroux is one of the UK’s national treasures, alongside David Attenborough and Ian McKellen.

He must be protected at all costs, in order that he may continue making documentaries which blow our collective minds and give us human insight into difficult topics.

His latest run of documentaries on the dark side of the USA and on the growing anorexia crisis in the UK garnered rave reviews, and it looks like he might have found his next topic.


Discussing on Twitter just what he could turn his discerning eye to this time round, someone shrewdly suggested the South London cat killer for a topic.

For those who don’t know, the South London cat killer is behind the death and mutilation of around 250 cats, as well as dozens of other animals like foxes and rabbits.

According to the South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) group, as reported by The Guardian, the attacks began around Croydon before branching out as far as Manchester and the Isle and Wight.

An official description has been released of the suspect:

A white male in his 40’s, between 5’8″-5’11” tall with short dark brown hair & wearing dark clothing with a hood.

He possibly has scarring or pock marked skin on his face with no discernible accent & may be wearing a head torch & backpack or carrying a handheld torch.

Snarl’s co-founder Tony Jenkins said the description came from Surrey police and was based on witness accounts of three cat killings in the area.

He said:

It matches similar descriptions from other areas. We’ve been working on this case since October 2015, going up and down the UK, tracking the bodies he leaves behind.

I’m very hopeful it’s a major breakthrough…

He is obviously carrying at least one knife, so if anyone does approach him they’re putting themselves in danger.


Sounds like a mystery fit for Louis, right? Well when it was brought to his attention as a possible doc he put simply ‘good point’.

Fans seem to be all for the idea, hoping Louis’ profile will help bring some much-needed attention to the issue.

@Cjmitchxxx replied to Louis saying:

Most serial killers of small animals move on to humans… This person needs to be caught.. its very disturbing..

@DamnitMarjorie echoed this, tweeting:

I wholeheartedly agree. Lives are being devastated on a daily basis by this individual, but it simply isn’t taken seriously enough. A perfect subject for you Louis.

People have called the situation surrounding the killer a ‘desperate’ one, so there would be no doubt the attention brought by Louis would go some way to helping raise awareness of the rising number of animal deaths.


The suggestion originally came from a joke tweet asking Louis to create a documentary on ‘sneaky cats’.

While Louis’ reply to the South London cat killer request was most likely tongue-in-cheek, it’s hard not to think of what a strong documentary that would be for us UK viewers.

And let’s face it, it’s another excuse to get Louis back on our screens, which can only be a good thing.