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Michael Robert Wenzel (born June 7, 1996) is a resident of Palmetto, Florida​. In July, 2017 Michael Wenzel along with friends Robert Lee "Bo" Benac​, Spencer Heintz​, and Nicholas Burns Easterling​ became infamous after dragging a shark behind a boat at high speed. In December 2017 Wenzel, Benac, and Heintz were arrested and charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty​. [67]​ [66]​ In May 2018 all charges were dropped against Heintz. [68]

Personal Life

Michael is a supporter of the Republican Party (US).​ [20]​​ His father Robert Wenzel​ is a planning manager for Manatee County, Florida​. His brother is Ian Kelly Jones Wenzel. [2]​ [17]​ 

Criminal Record

Micheal Wenzel and Alex Kompo shooting a hammerhead shark​. [61]

In 2014, Michael Wenzel was charged with three misdemeanors​ and pleaded no contest, according to Manatee County Courthouse​ documents. Adjudication was withheld for the charges which in Florida means that the judge orders probation ​but does not formally convict the defendant​ of a criminal offense​. [56]​ Charges included possessing alcohol under the age of 21; having a false I.D​.; and carrying a concealed weapon​ (brass knuckles​). [55]


In January, 2013 Michael Wenzel was charged with unlawful speed, according to Manatee County Courthouse​ records. [57]

Animal Cruelty Incidents

Shark Dragging Video Incident

On July 24, 2017 a video of Michael and three other young men, Robert Lee "Bo" Benac​, Spencer Heintz​, and Nicholas Burns Easterling​ dragging a shark​ behind their speed boat at high speed​ went viral receiving over 250,000 views in the 24 hours. [12]​ [11]​ [6] [4]


Photos of the four culprits, Michael Wenzel​, Robert Lee "Bo" Benac​, Spencer Heintz​, and​ Nicholas Burns Easterling

The 10-second video, shows the shark flailing in boat's wake as it's tethered to the stern of the speeding watercraft. [12]​ [11]​ [6] [4]


Michael was the captain of the boat while Bo filmed the video. Bo's mother Betsy Benac​ is the Commissioner of Manatee County, Florida​. Spencer's father is prominent lawyer, Steven Heintz​. [12]​ [11][6] [4]


Photo Michael sent to Mark "The Shark" Quartianoa of the shark's carcass in the aftermath of the cruel video

Michael sent the video to Mark "The Shark" Quartianoa a famous sport fisherman specializing in shark fishing​ based in Miami, Florida​. He also sent a picture of the aftermath of the abuse that shows the shark torn to pieces. [24]​ [25]


Quartiano says Wenzel messaged him the video looking to earn his praise, however he was disgusted by the video. [23]

"I've never seen a more horrific video as far as an animal is concerned in fifty years of shark fishing," said Mark "The Shark" Quartiano. [23]


"This is no way to treat a helpless, innocent animal," said Quartiano. "And then he called me a "hater" and that's when I posted the video to my Instagram to see what kind of feedback I would get." [23]

Hammerhead Shark Abuse Video​ Incident

Snapchat​ video of Wenzel pouring beer into the gills of a Hammerhead Shark and using it as a beer bong​​

In January, 2017 Michael Wenzel caught a hammerhead shark​, poured beer in its gills. The video shows the shark being held as Wenzel pours beer through the sharks gills and another man laying underneath drinking the beer. It’s unclear if the shark is dead or alive in the video. But, the hammerhead appears to be dead or dying.[34]​ 


He posted the video on Snapchat​ with the caption "Who needs a beer bong" and on January 5, 2017 it was shared and promoted by the Facebook​ page Doyouevenfishbro. [35]​ ​The Facebook page Support No Kill Manatee County shared the video on July 27, 2017 to expose Michael's cruelty to the shark. [36]

Photo of Wenzel holding a Spotted eagle ray ​ he illegally killed which is a protected species

Other Offences

Michael Wenzel has violated multiple Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)​ hunting and fishing laws. The Facebook​ page Save the tarpon publicly exposed these crimes as early as May, 2015. [33]​ [32]​ 


In 2016, Michael posted a photo of himself  with a he caught and killed a spotted eagle ray​ with an arrow through its head. He captioned the photo #PrimeMakoBait and planned to use the dead ray as bait for mako sharks. In June, 2014 Michael caught a spotted eagle ray​ with friends and posted a photo of the dead ray on Instagram​. Spotted eagle rays are a protected species and in the state of Florida and it is unlawful to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell, or exchange this protected species. [27]​ [33]


Instagram ​ photo of Michael and friends with a spotted eagle ray ​they caught  which is a protected species that is illegal to harvest

On July 28, 2016 Michael posted a photo of himself shooting tarpon with a handgun. ​In May, 2015 Michael caught and killed tarpon​ with harpoons on multiple occasions and posted three photos of himself with the dead fishes on Instagram​. In Florida, tarpon are a catch-and-release-only species and over 40 inches must remain in the water. He also tagged one of the posts #FWCsMostWanted. [28]​ [29]​ [30]​ [31]​ [32]​ 


In June, 2014 Michael caught a spotted eagle ray​ with friends and posted a photo of the dead ray on Instagram​. In the state of Florida it is unlawful to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell, or exchange this protected species. [27]​ [33]


Michael Wenzel posted a photo of himself pouring beer​ into the mouth of an Atlantic goliath grouper​ also known as a jewfish while Bo Benac held the fish. [39]​​Atlantic goliath grouper are a protected species. [43]


A video also surfaced of Alex Kompo​ the star of MTV​'s Siesta Key (TV series)​ shooting an endangered hammerhead shark​ illegally with Michael Wenzel. [12]​ [61]

2015 Animal Cruelty Investigation

In 2015, Michael was investigated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service​ (USFWS) and state officials after posting a series of disturbing pictures that showed posing with dead pelicans and a gull. Pelicans and gulls​​ are a protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and are illegal to kill​. In January, 2016 the USFWS closed the investigation against [40]​ [8]​ [65]

2017 Animal Cruelty Investigation

On July 24, 2017 Mark "The Shark" Quartiano notified the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)​ investigators, about the video who asked him to leave the post online, hoping to generate tips. The video was shared and commenters on social media​ were able to identify the four men in the video. [25]


Save the Tarpon, an Englewood-based nonprofit, also notified state officials after activist Courtney Martin said she received an anonymous tip. Martin, a firefighter​, said the tipster sent her a series of images, some of which she shared on the group’s Facebook page. [40]

“They’ve been well-known animal abusers for a long time. A ton of animal groups, from no-kill shelters to Save the Tarpon have been after them for years,” she said. “Someone needs to dig into it, why they keep getting away with it, and why are their parents defending them? If I did something like this, my parents would never talk to me again.”

Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed and World Animal News are offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of Michael his friends behind the animal cruelty incidents

FWC spokesman Rob Klepper says the agency has received numerous photos and videos this week of alleged wildlife abuse, including a video of men pouring beer into a hammerhead shark’s mouth and gills. The agency’s law enforcement division is investigating all complaints, but no charges have been announced.  [23]


Attorney E. Jon Weiffenbach, who is representing the four men said, "None of the individuals in the video have been charged criminally and no one has been arrested." [23]


Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, a vegan and animal rights activist from Saudi Arabia​​​ and the World Animal News have offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of Michael Wenzel and his friends. [49]​ [48]​ [50]


WTF Florida started a Change.org​ petition with over 3,000 signatures to sentence Michael and his friends to community service​ and jail​ for the shark cruelty incident. [38]​ 

Letter Florida Governor​ sent to the FWC regarding the shark cruelty incidents

Response by Florida Governor Rick Scott

On July 28, 2017, Governor Rick Scott sent a letter to FWC Chairman Brian Yablonski regarding the incident, that said in part [44]​:

“I encourage FWC to review Florida’s fishing regulations and state statutes to ensure such inhumane acts are strictly prohibited.  I know that FWC law enforcement works to protect all of Florida’s wildlife and we need to make certain they have the tools to ensure Florida has the best fisheries in the world.” [46]

Yablonski sent this response to Scott [44]​:

"I, my fellow Commissioners, and the men and women of the FWC, who are dedicated to conserving Florida’s precious natural resources for future generations, could not agree more with Governor Scott’s powerful words. Each and every member of our agency is disgusted by the behavior shown in the video. FWC Division of Law Enforcement investigators are working diligently to come to a lawful resolution in this case. Florida is a sportsman’s destination and there is no place in Florida for these kinds of callous acts. We are eager to move forward with the Governor's suggestion to review and strengthen regulations as necessary to help deter this type of behavior in the future. These individuals do not represent the sentiments and conscientious actions of millions of conservation-minded anglers around the world. "

October, 2017 Update from the FWC

In October, 2017 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley said that the commission is almost  finished their investigative report which they will submit to prosecutors at the Florida Attorney General​’s Office. [63]​ In an October 31, 2017 article by the Anna Marie Island Sun Rob Klepper, the FWC's public information coordinator, said that agency were also working with Hillsborough County, FL​ and Manatee County, Florida​ prosecutors. [64]

“We’re finishing up the investigation and meeting with the State Attorney’s Office,” FWC executive director Nick Wiley said. “We’re close to wrapping it up.” [63]

On October 11, 2017 the Florida Attorney General​’s Office said they are waiting for the investigation report from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission​ before deciding on possible criminal charges in the case in a statement emailed to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune​. [63]


“It’s still open and pending and still under investigation,” said Assistant State Attorney and felony division chief Cynthia Evers. “As far as I know, they are still accumulating evidence.” Evers said the case is not dependent on any one piece of evidence. She reiterated that the State Attorney’s Office will make a decision about criminal charges​ after the report is submitted. [63]


Prosecutors released a statement thanking those individuals who have expressed “concern” over the videos and images seen over social media. They wrote, “We share your concern, and we are committed to conserving Florida’s natural resources.” Prosecutors and FWC are working toward a “swift” and “lawful resolution” to the case. [63]


Jon Weiffenbach Jr. of Weiffenbach & Reinhart, a law firm in Bradenton, Florida​ is representing Michael Wenzel, Robert Lee "Bo" Benac​, Spencer Heintz​, and Nicholas Burns Easterling[64]


In an August email, he told  the Anna Marie Island Sun that the men have been cooperating with the shark drag investigation and wrote:

“The shark depicted in the video was dead prior to being pulled behind the boat. The purpose of tail wrapping the shark and pulling it behind the boat initially was to bleed it out, a common practice to improve the quality of the meat before the shark is cleaned/fileted for consumption. The shark was taken back to the dock where it was cleaned and eaten. The acceleration of the boat while the shark was being pulled was a lapse in judgment but did not harm the animal or violate any laws.” [64]


When asked about the claims of the defense, Capt. David White of Anna Maria Charters said in an Oct. 26 email that while bleeding fish is “relatively common,” they are typically hung by the tail off the side for a few minutes, not pulled or dragged at high speed. He estimated the shark draggers’ boat in the video traveling “at least 35 mph.” [64]


About the consumption, he said, “Any angler that fishes locally knows that shark meat is in no way comparable to the other species we have here, ie. grouper​, snapper (fish)​, redfish​ and snook​.” And referring to the video, White added, “As you can see, they are laughing.” [64]

“They did this for no other purpose than a strange amusement,” which gives captains and fishers who respect waterways and the ecosystem “a bad name.” [64]

Staci-lee Sherwood, a former FWC sea turtle​ permit worker, disputes Weiffenbach’s claim of an already-dead shark, pointing out Burns’ statement when the boat was pulling it as being “almost dead.” [64]


Sherwood hopes the Hillsborough prosecutor being added to the investigation will mean more charges. However, she said, “it might be a ruse to keep pushing the ball down the road so no one does anything, based on jurisdiction.” [64]

Animal Cruelty Charges

On Tuesday December 12, 2017, Michael, Wenzel, Robert Lee Benac, and Spencer Heintz were all charged with felony animal cruelty​. [67]​ In addition to the felony charges, Wenzel and Benac face misdemeanor charges of illegal method of take- shark, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. [66]


On Tuesday, May 1, 2018 a Hillsborough County, Florida​ judge dropped both of the aggravated animal cruelty charges against Heintz. According to the judge, the state dropped the charges because no evidence showed that Heintz, broke the law and because he agreed to testify​ as a witness. [68]

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  • Comment
    sharbie  •  07/27/2017 02:49:22 PM UTC
    This is for Michael Wenzel. I just saw your video and pictures..You make me sick. Apparently you are a little rich boy, spoiled rotten with no feelings for animals or and other living thing. Apparently you have a mental problem. To kill and torture living things. I know your parents must be so proud of you and your friends. By the way, I am a Republican and you, I don't know what you are.  But I know what you need. A good old fashion A** kicking. Apparently your parents must of let you run wild as a kid...You are sad......
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    Mahbod Moghadam  •  07/27/2017 05:00:48 PM UTC
    As a Jew, I am deeply ashamed that Michael and his fellow animal abusers profess the Jewish faith..
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    Sharkandfishlover  •  07/27/2017 05:52:51 PM UTC
    Michael Wenzel, you are disgusting, you and your cohorts. Seems you've already maliciously and violently brutalized other sea life in the past so it's clearly a pathology with you, you murderous pig. I hope the FWC prosecutes you to the fullest degree - you're a spoiled brat who thinks you can get away with anything you want, probably because your mommy and daddy had no backbone to discipline you. You should be dragged behind the back of a boat just like you tortured this shark. Shame, shame, shame on you, you punk-ass pussy!!!! You deserve a good old-fashioned ass-whupping, which I'd give you if I ever caught you "fishing" anywhere near ME! Oh yeah, and they LOVE rich, spoiled punks like you in jail - I hope you get what you deserve, you scumbag pig.
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    Debbiemanos  •  07/27/2017 06:39:06 PM UTC
    These men should all be put in jail for animal cruelty. I can't believe anyone after seeing this video says anything is still being investigated. Its clear they are very sick men. They need to be dragged behind the boat and see how they feel with their carcuses being streaded. Sad world and all the officials who let them get away with this. Shameful. Hold them accountable
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    Ashlee4408  •  07/27/2017 08:54:06 PM UTC
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    GretchenL  •  07/27/2017 08:57:24 PM UTC
    No, Debbiemanos, what needs to happen to these perps is that each of them, one at a time, needs to be dragged behind a boat in exactly the same way that they abused that poor animal, the whole thing being video recorded and posted to social media so that their families and soon-to-be-former employers can see what kind of disgusting vermin the whole worthless lot of them turned out to be.

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    MerlynnPetito  •  07/27/2017 10:03:09 PM UTC
    Please don't say that he is a republican, because this is just a biased statement.  I and my family are republican and our grown children are republicans and we definitely don't condone cruelty or abuse against animals of any sort.  WE believe that you should work hard, get an education and make the most of the resources around you to make the best you can be.  Yes maybe a little bit more conservative but this is straight out cruelty towards a dog, a shark and illegal abuse of alcohol and motor vehicle.  This is punishable by law and it should be no matter who your parents are, if it were my son or my daughters doing this I would be the first one to want them prosecuted, first is I raised them with these 3 keys components - 1). Your are judged on your actions 2.) You will be held responsible for your actions, either by yourself or those you choose to be your friends, and 3) .We will not protect you from the  consequences but we will love you unconditionally and guide you thru your punishments because you will be stronger and better for it. (even if you don't think so) my kids are dynamic and compassionate and empathetic to all living souls, and are amazing partners and parents, and pet parents and extremely proud but they were held responsible for bad choices as they were rewarded for good actions and deeds and this was not based on our political affiliation.  It was us being parents and being responsible for creating the next generation.
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    Sandi664  •  07/27/2017 11:34:46 PM UTC
    Your prominent parents obviously raised a psychopath.  I sincerely hope your level craziness is given right back to you very soon.  Karma is a bitch!!!
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    wagtails1  •  07/28/2017 12:13:36 AM UTC

    We had a felon in Texas who reminds me a lot of this character - Ethan Couch. Ethan killed 4 people while he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.  His family was also quite affluent.  Turns out his father tried to impersonate a cop and his mother decided to take him to Mexico so he could get away from future legal problems.

    I think the issue here is not so much the affluency (there are a lot of young, affluent kids who are horrified by this animal) - it is what 'Mom' and 'Dad' taught him.  I am hoping that his offenses (which seem to be mounting) will give him very little leeway to do anything else.

    Remember, Jeffrey Dahmer started this way.

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    gail  •  07/28/2017 12:18:24 AM UTC
    I wonder how long it will take this psycho to start torturing and killing people.  Looks like he is on the probable path, as most serial murderers began their "careers" with animal torture and abuse.

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    Elle-8b  •  07/28/2017 01:13:25 AM UTC
    From comments at various locations everyone seems to agree that these "boys" are sick and depraved. The public has to let their outrage at this show of cruelty be known. These brutal killers must be stopped now since they seem to think that this behavior is something to be proud of.
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    Tradonna  •  07/28/2017 02:20:36 AM UTC
    This man (scum)needs to be prosecuted immediately.
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    Tradonna  •  07/28/2017 02:22:43 AM UTC
    I bet your parents are so ashamed of you. Psalm 36:6 God loves animals and humans ALIKE.
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    VLHAKADM  •  07/28/2017 02:55:21 AM UTC
    I'm deeply saddened knowing that this is just the beginning. I'm saddened that his parents are either ignorant, clueless, or complicit on some parental level in this behavior. I have absolutely no doubt that every fish, bird, and animal pictured here this depraved boy/man killed. These are just the ones we know about. I know psychopaths cannot be cured or treated. I know we will hear of this person again. I just want to warn all the young women who are attracted to him to STOP and walk away. You, your future children, and all helpless things in your sphere are at grave risk. Trust me, he's a classic case and the die is cast.
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    luna  •  07/28/2017 05:12:56 AM UTC
    Michael Wenzel is a "waste of oxygen" sadistic sociopath who enjoys torturing and killing innocent animals!!  He's no different than serial killers Ted Bundy, Richard Ramirez, Angelo Buono or Jeffrey Dahmer (who all started with animals) and should be locked up just like them to prevent him from more heinous crimes!!  If he can torture and kill innocent animals he can very easily go on to harm women and children!!
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    msujibboo  •  07/28/2017 05:30:04 AM UTC
    MerlynnPetito It's not that all Republicans are assholes.  But MOST assholes are Republicans.

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    Indian22  •  07/28/2017 12:24:27 PM UTC
    Only thing prisoners like to have fun with more than child molesters are animal abusers.  Everyone needs to get together & get this waste of human life locked up so he can experience some of what he's put out there.  Contact the governor to take action-use the links below
    http://www.myfloridalegal.com/contact ===== http://www.flgov.com/contact-governor/===== http://myfwc.com/contact/law-enforcement/
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    silly2  •  07/28/2017 12:40:54 PM UTC
    These disgusting pigs should be shot! They have nothing whatsoever to contribute to humanity. Anyone that takes pleasure in these kinds of things is seriously disturbed! ALL serial killers start by abusing animals.
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    manateeriverfisherman  •  07/28/2017 12:56:37 PM UTC
    Post some better pics of his boat's exterior so we can keep an eye out for this clown and his sidekicks on the water. At the very least Id like to chuck a beer bottle at his head. Or maybe a brick...
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    manateeriverfisherman  •  07/28/2017 01:17:47 PM UTC
    Never mind, figured it out. Heres mommy and daddy's address: 1615 4th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221.  Just put that into Google Maps and you can see where he lives. You can even see one of his boats. Now all of Manatee County knows where to find this loser POS!
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    TheButcher  •  07/28/2017 02:36:12 PM UTC
    If this kid isn't already in jail he should be very concerned. Who wants to go pay him a visit?
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    ABORB22  •  07/28/2017 05:16:15 PM UTC
    Rather than dragging these pussies from the back of a boat , we fishermen volunteer to take them far out deep deep , maybe the "hump" , and throw them overboard with some juicy and smelly chum and wait for the sharks to show up for some appetizers.
    Punks ......
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    ABORB22  •  07/28/2017 05:26:30 PM UTC
    Take these pussies to the hump and throw them overboard along with some chum.
    Wait for the sharks to come in for appetizers.

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    martinez941  •  07/28/2017 06:20:33 PM UTC
    Michael Wenzel, bo-job bernac and nick tidemark bankruptcy easterling are all a bunch of lil pussies. cross me on the water and see what happens. what kind of punks kill a harmless dog. and shooting tarpon doesnt make you men a 3 year old could do it. 1615th 4th street in palmetto. the 941's most hated address!!! we see you assholes.
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    deadpunx02  •  07/28/2017 06:58:14 PM UTC
    Each of  these spoiled little f@(ks names and personal data have been shared with a couple of groups who I can guarantee will take a special interest in your deeds, and will provide you with the close and personal attention that your actions have brought for yourselves.   For those who want to call these organizations terrorists, mind you, neither group has ever caused bodily harm to a single human.  That being said, they HAVE wreaked economic, social, and emotional havoc on animal abusers and those who are intent on destroying the environment and the creatures within it.  So maybe Mikey and Co's bank accounts all of the sudden freeze and their assets are no longer accessible, maybe they receive a call from their marina in a few weeks to inform them that their boat has been 86'd in it's slip, or they come out from work one day and when opening the door to their vehicle, processed fish entrails come pouring out.  It does not matter...Mikey, Nick, and Bo - We are legion.  We do not forgive.  We do not forget.  We are everywhere.  Expect us. You have been identified.
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    rita  •  07/28/2017 07:05:52 PM UTC
    I totally agree with GretchenL on this one, I said from the beginning that's what should be done. Damn POOR LITTLE RICH KIDS.....NOTHING BETTER TO DO!  They need to pay and pay BIG!  GRRRRR! Drag the Bastards...............
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    Stacia  •  07/28/2017 07:12:22 PM UTC
    So one of the guys filming is in the new MTV Show - Siesta Keys, which is about a bunch of spoiled and entitled kids.  There are massive pages for people to BOYCOTT the show as MTV blew off the coverage of the animal torture.  Please sign the Petition to prosecute this D-Bag and his friends as well as Contact MTV that they are disgusting for condoning and rewarding this mans actions. There are actual pictures of text messages where he is being warned to take down the videos and Picts because his show is about to air.  That Link is this:


    Everyone needs to share all this and get his name and face made so public he won't be able to go anywhere without being recognized as a vile and disgusting person.  What a pathetic group of kids that think they have to prove their manliness by torturing subjects that cannot fight back. Does anyone know how the dog died???  I'd like you to try and pick on someone that is your size and that can defend themselves.  You'd run crying to your terrible parents and they would sick a lawyer on them.  Because you Michael have disgusting parents that did not pay attention to you and just threw money at all your illegal activities.  They are as bad as you all.  I hope you have fun with Bubba in jail you sick *fucks*.
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    martinez941  •  07/28/2017 07:46:11 PM UTC
    What's really pathetic is that each of his instagram posts gets 100+ likes. who are these shitheads that like to see animal torture??
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    Peanutbutterlover54321  •  07/28/2017 10:22:44 PM UTC
    You and your cronies are the most disgusting examples of callous, criminally serial animal abusers. Despite the seemingly corrupt protection you've benefited from for years in the past, your thuggish days without prosecution are numbered. I am personally making it my mission as a Floridian and a longtime animal rights advocate, to do everything I possibly can, to see justice prevail. You are no hero as I'm sure you think you are. You're a pathetic excuse of the human species. What you did to the various sentient beings you killed or tortured, will create repercussions whether within the laws of state and/or federal government, or the law of Karma. Though I believe in forgiveness, I cannot hold any mercy in my heart for you and your ultimate fate. I can only hope that you see the vile error of your ways. If not you'll become the poster boy for animal abuse here in Florida. I've been a catch and release angler both in Florida and international waters. You have broken all ethical rules of anglers around the world. In my 50 years of living beside both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, I've never witnessed anything as degrading as what you, Bo, Spencer and your other accomplices have done to marine wildlife. It is said that those who kill or torture innocent animals often devolve into serial killers of humans. You're a danger to decent society.
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    NobodyKnows  •  07/29/2017 03:23:19 AM UTC
    This guy is a douche. He is a little rich kid, self-entitled POS. I hope someone kicks his ass. Send more police to save me? Stop being a little bi * *h and grow up. Atone for your harms against animals you jackwagin
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    rush7112112  •  07/29/2017 04:24:55 AM UTC
    You are dead meat..    enjoy your time in hiding.    DEAD MEAT.
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    Frankiefos  •  07/29/2017 06:46:58 AM UTC
    If these guys werent white they would have been prosecuted on the first act, you can count on it. But COME ON SO MANY TIMES AND NOTHING!!!!!!!Someone please at least give them some good ole ass kicking a few times for what they did to these poor animals or at least for being such sorry ass cowards.  A few broken bones and missing teeth might show how disgusted people are and that they really cant get away with this.
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    rboschen3  •  07/29/2017 09:15:25 PM UTC
    While the actions of this D-bag piss me off to no end I take issue with the fact the author of this article felt the need to bring up his party affiliation as if that has ANYTHING to do with his actions. I know this will feed a certain narrative for some people and is one of the reasons why these same people will wonder why they keep losing elections.
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    vanicorp  •  07/30/2017 03:53:41 PM UTC
    This person & friends are sick!! Why are they being allowed to continue their abuse??? They need some "Severe Punishment" for their cruelty!! If they are allowed to keep this up, makes me wonder how long before they try to move on to, cruelty to humans,if they haven't already!!!  Sick Sick Individuals!!!!
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    Thomas.C.Hooker  •  07/31/2017 12:23:36 PM UTC
    Petition to throw this psycho in jail. https://www.change.org/p/community-service-and-jail-time-for-the-men-who-laughed-as-they-tortured-a-shark-in-florida

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    paul123  •  07/31/2017 04:15:29 PM UTC
    You are a disgusting despicable piece of shit. You're going to rot in hell for what you did. You deserve to be castrated and dragged behind a boat until you're split in half. You and all your friends should seek psychiatric help because when you get pleasure out of torturing animals you're obviously fucked up in the head. Tell your parents they did a bang up job raising you. Ask them how if feels going to sleep every night knowing they're the parents of Damien.
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    dreamweaver  •  08/01/2017 04:05:33 AM UTC
    Did he do something to that dog?

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    dreamweaver  •  08/01/2017 04:06:49 AM UTC
    If they don't prosecute him and his little friends.....we the people will!
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    PeterB  •  08/01/2017 09:07:05 PM UTC
    I am disgusted by what Wenzel and his friends did and I believe they should go to jail for years and be forever barred from fishing or hunting in Florida.  That said, I see no reason for identifying Wenzel and Benac by their religion.  That information has no bearing on the story or what they did.  It also begs the question why Wenzel and Benac were identified by their religion but the other two culprits, Nicholas Burns Easterling and Spencer Heintz were not identified by their religions.  Makes me wonder whether the editors of this site have some animosity towards Jews.
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    Trishb  •  08/02/2017 01:30:03 AM UTC
    Disturbed young man trying to be internet famous. What a sad, little loser. His parents must be world class enablers.
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    lmcnally  •  08/02/2017 07:43:30 AM UTC
    This piece of shit should be tortured and killed and so should his parents!  We don't need people like this  on the earth and he should definitely not be allowed to reproduce!  Sick, sick SCUMBAG!
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    Cheryl  •  08/02/2017 12:00:04 PM UTC
    They obviously know they can get away with this abuse.  They flaunt it enough.
    The parents must be so proud.
    Also to take pleasure in this is even more disturbing.
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    ayedredre  •  08/03/2017 12:50:26 AM UTC
    His cell phone number is different than the one listed but it won't like me edit the page to correct/add it along with court documents involving prior arrests for underage drinking, concealment of a weapon (brass knuckles), and unlawful possession of identification of another. How can I add this information and source documents?
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    Travis Moore  •  08/03/2017 12:55:19 AM UTC
    Try now
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    BethWilson  •  08/03/2017 05:32:21 AM UTC
    How much more evidence do you need FWA on these SERIAL ABUSERS and BUDDING SERIAL KILLERS! If you don't charge these 4 with Animal Cruelty. Give them a steep fine and a year in jail they will continue to be Animal Abuser. Which the years of abuse his Instagram account shows.  This goes for the Judge and the District Attorney. Do your jobs and get these four menaces off the streets before they hurt a human being. If they haven't already but nobody's talking! As to the 4 Serial Abusers and their parents. What goes around comes around! You parents must be so proud of the Budding Serial KILLERS you have raised!
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    PeterB  •  08/04/2017 12:09:57 PM UTC
    You list the religions of Wenzel and Benac but not the religions of Easterling and Heintz.  What are the religions of Easterling and Heintz?
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    ccrazeul  •  08/04/2017 06:14:10 PM UTC
    One additional video can be found here of Micheal and his little bitch Alex Kompothecras shooting a protected hammerhead. They don't shoot it in the head to end its suffering. They shoot it in its sensitive gills. Then they laugh while it suffocates in its own blood. These people must be jailed in a place where they can experience some of the horrific violations that they have inflicted upon others. I hope they become someones prison princess very, very soon.  https://www.facebook.com/cancelsiestakeymtv/videos/266925270379375/
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    Travis Moore  •  08/04/2017 06:29:00 PM UTC
    Thank you, we will add it!
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    roguevampire  •  08/05/2017 02:42:31 PM UTC
    Don't worry...haha...this loser is being watched...I am in contact with many people from many different animal rights groups....some known, some nobody has ever heard of...and those are the ones that people like this need to fear...they work in the dark...they don't give a fuck about what is legal...they go after animal torturing and murdering scum bags...If this guy continues doing what he does, he's going to suffer the consequences...and there's nothing his loser political family can do...his parents better set him straight before it's too late..
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    JLCAnimallvr70  •  08/05/2017 09:58:15 PM UTC
    This is the work of a psychopath!! His parents should have locked him in an insane asylum a long time ago to get help because this will surely turn into hurting other humans. His cohorts in these vile acts should watch out he's going to turn on you someday...heck Michael one of them may turn on you!! We can only hope that you get at least a little of what you've given to  these poor DEFENSELESS creatures!!!! You will answer some day for your sins some way, some how & I'm sure I speak for all that find you a disgusting piece of trash, we all hope we get to hear it & see it!!!! #retributionfortheinnocent
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    JoshieVersace  •  08/20/2017 07:03:40 AM UTC
    Michael Wenzel is a straight up scumbag, as well as his douchebag friends. Now that the world knows about this POS he will get what is deservingly coming to him
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    Headie62  •  08/31/2017 05:27:17 PM UTC
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    Headie62  •  08/31/2017 05:32:31 PM UTC
    Let's see if the investigation can actually be done without being hindered by the 4 idiots parents blocking it. I don't understand why these little bitches with one can only assume must have extremely small penises have gotten away with this bullshit for this long. Hope they go to jail and get ass raped on a daily for at least 5 years.
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