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Murder accused who was obsessed with torture and violence and inspired to kill by the Netflix documentary ‘Don’t F*** with Cats is transgender and would sometimes identify as a feline and meow if happy, court hears


A woman obsessed with torture who was inspired to kill by the Netflix documentary ‘Don’t F*** with Cats has told a court she fell out with her parents after revealing she was transgender.

Scarlet Blake said when she was 12 years old she knew she was trans but it wasn’t until she was 17 that she began medical treatment to transition from male to female.

The 25-year-old is accused of killing Jorge Carreno by strangling him and pushing his body into the River Cherwell in Oxford in July 2021.

Prosecutors said she went from live streaming dissecting and putting a cat in a blender to killing a random stranger after stalking the streets of Oxford in July 2021.

Giving evidence in her defence, Blake told the jury at Oxford Crown Court that she fell out with her parents when she announced she was transgender.

Scarlet Blake, who is accused of murdering Jorge Carreno, is pictured in the middle of two security guards

Scarlet Blake, who is accused of murdering Jorge Carreno, is pictured in the middle of two security guards 

Prosecutors say Blake stalked and killed 30-year-old Jorge Martin Carreno (pictured) in July 2021

Blake told the court she would also identify as cat when she was happy and would make a meow noise greeting friends.

She said: ‘When I was 12 years old I came out as transgender.

‘That has made my father really unhappy and my mother as well and that caused a very large emotional rift between us.

‘I have a lot of unmet parenthood needs. I feel very forsaken, I suppose.’

Blake said when she was 17 years old she began to take testosterone blockers and has continued to take the drugs that led to her losing muscle definition.

She said she now had the strength of an unfit female.

Blake was flanked in the witness box by two prison guards while the family of Carreno sat less than 10ft away staring at her intently.

During questioning by her lawyer Richard Sutton KC, Blake said she was born in China and moved to the UK with her parents when she was nine years old.

Asked about her level of education she said it ‘stopped’ but did not go into any details or what age she finished school.

In a clear and firm voice Blake said she had self-harmed and had been receiving help from therapists.

‘I am someone who damages their self,’ she said.

Blake downloaded this collage of nine female killers including Casey Anthony, who was accused of murdering her three year old daughter in Florida, and Andrea Yates who drowned her five children

Blake downloaded this collage of nine female killers including Casey Anthony, who was accused of murdering her three year old daughter in Florida, and Andrea Yates who drowned her five children

An image entitled 'First date with me' which showed pictures of duct tape, a knife, rope and a handgun had also been downloaded to the 25-year-old's phone

An image entitled ‘First date with me’ which showed pictures of duct tape, a knife, rope and a handgun had also been downloaded to the 25-year-old’s phone

Other photos seized and displayed to the jury included a photo of a handmade garotte fashioned from two metal handles and piano wire

Other photos seized and displayed to the jury included a photo of a handmade garotte fashioned from two metal handles and piano wire

A picture showing a bed with the message 'bruise my esophegus' spelled out in flower petals which was shown to the court

A picture showing a bed with the message ‘bruise my esophegus’ spelled out in flower petals which was shown to the court

Blake was asked about her relationship with Ashlynn Bell, her former partner from Colorado in the US.  Blake said they met forum for people who were interested in ‘gore’.

During online chats with Bell she used the name ‘Blood Moth’ while Bell, also transgender, used the name Murder Mutt.

Asked about her choice of name, Blake said:’ It’s a metaphor for my own tendency to do things that were damaging to myself, like a moth laying in the fire until they are burnt, and blood is the type of obsession I ended up having.

‘I’m obsessively drawn to my own death and harm. I suppose that I end up bleeding a lot.’ 

Blake has told the court she dissected and put a neighbour’s cat in a blender to ‘please’ Bell.

She said she didn’t want to kill the cat but carried out the gruesome killing to put on ‘a show’ as it was either her birthday or on Valentine’s Day.

‘It was to make her happy. Something she wanted me to do. So I pretended to enjoy it.’

When asked about the picture of her smiling with the cat in the background, Blake said it was a ‘very choreographed’ laugh.

Asked if she was aware of the cat suffering, Blake said she felt ‘awful and guilty’ and ended the suffering by stabbing the cat in the heart.

A picture of someone wearing a t-shirt reading 'you're cute, murder me' was also shown to jurors at Oxford Crown Court

A picture of someone wearing a t-shirt reading ‘you’re cute, murder me’ was also shown to jurors at Oxford Crown Court

An comic strip, which appears to show a person cleaining as they talk about getting of evidence, was show during Blake's trial

An comic strip, which appears to show a person cleaining as they talk about getting of evidence, was show during Blake’s trial

Blake said she wanted to fit a narrative for Bell that she was sadistic and had been carrying out her demands, which also included putting her neck in a noose.

She said she would be rewarded by Bell or punished depending on if she carried out her wishes and that Bell was pushing her to kill someone.

Blake told the jury she had pleaded guilty to the cat killing.

When asked about killing the cat, Blake said Miss Bell told her to.

‘It came to a situation where I felt like I wasn’t able to refuse that request,’ said Blake.

‘It’s something I very much didn’t want. So I suppose I emotionally distanced myself from the animal to be able to do it.’

The court heard Blake was previously called Alice Wang, but told the jury she is ‘no longer her’ and now identified as Scarlet Blake.

She told the jury she suffered from dissociative identity disorder.

Four months before the killing Blake live-streamed killing a cat and putting it in a blender having been inspired by the hit Netflix series 'Don't F*** with Cats', it is claimed

Four months before the killing Blake live-streamed killing a cat and putting it in a blender having been inspired by the hit Netflix series ‘Don’t F*** with Cats’, it is claimed 

‘When I first realised I had different parts of myself it was very terrifying,’ she said. ‘It was very difficult to deal with.

‘Sometimes it feels like there are various people in my head.

‘Sometimes it feels like one distinct consciousness and other personalities…and the way they react isn’t there.

‘It happens a lot more when I’m very stressed out. If I am very stressed out I will dissociate.’

Blake said the drugs she was taking meant she had a very low sex drive and was more interested in romance.

Asked about her sex life she replied: ‘Giving myself up to someone who will take pleasure in destroying me was something I was…I don’t know…drawn to.’

Blake told the court online discussions with Bell about choking and death was ‘role play’.

‘We are both into it. It would be a role-playing scenario. There wouldn’t be actual death.

‘This is a fantasy for sexual gratification.’

Blake denies murder. The trial continues



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