Affidavit: Boulder man clubbed racoon to death to avenge raccoons killing cat years ago

'All raccoons must die,' man said, records state

BOULDER, Colo. - A Boulder man was arrested Monday night after police say he used a nail-studded board to club two raccoons -- killing one -- as "revenge" for raccoons killing his cat years ago.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that Boulder police were called at 6:45 p.m. Monday to 5610 Arapahoe Ave. after a witness saw a man -- later identified as 50-year-old Richard Owen Moller -- leap into a dumpster and beat two raccoons with a piece of wood that had nails protruding from it.

The witness said he could hear the raccoons "screaming and moaning," and said it appeared the attacker was intentionally driving the nails into the animals, according to an arrest affidavit cited by the newspaper.

The witness yelled at Moller, who allegedly replied, "all raccoons must die," then jumped out of the trash bin and left the area, the affidavit said.

Police tracked down Moller, who told officers that he had watched raccoons kill his cat a few years ago, and that he had a "glitch" of anger. "It was my opportunity to kill the raccoons," Moller said, according to the affidavit.

Moller told police he was not using the side of the board with nails in it, and was merely trying to inflict "blunt force trauma."

Officers found a raccoon's body in the dumpster along with an injured raccoon that ran off before officers could catch it. A 3-foot-long board with nails was recovered from the trash bin.

Moller faces two counts of felony aggravated animal cruelty, court records state. He remained in Boulder County Jail Tuesday afternoon. His bond is set at $1,000.