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“In Germany we had a place for you. That place was Auschwitz. Now step in the train,” was one comment aimed at the Instagrammer known as “Deadanimalsikilled.”
But digging a little deeper into the works of deadanimalsikilled, one can quickly see that, although he is a real person, he isn’t really a real animal killer.
“I usually get the images from Yahoo, because I thought that it would be harder for people to find them on Google and realize I was fake. I don’t know if that logic makes sense. I’m just trying to troll people and make them feel really bad,” the man behind the killer account told Vice in a recent interview.
Deadanimalsikilled wished to remain anonymous during the interview, but mostly at the advice of his mother, who “gets it” and sees the account for what it is – a joke – but still begs him to not use his real name for fear that his life will be ruined. In real life, he’s a musician living in New York City with his girlfriend.
“I had a personal Instagram account with almost 1,000 friends, but it seemed like the whole app was people bragging about themselves. I got really tired of it,” he explained. “So one day I just changed my name to Deadanimalsikilled, deleted all my photos, and posted the rat. I lost about 700 followers overnight, but a few stayed.”
Although it might have been a tad weird, nobody likely cared too much about a dead rat, but as his “victims” grew bigger, so did the world’s hate for his work.