Enumclaw horse sex case

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Enumclaw horse sex case
DateJuly 2, 2005
Locationunincorporated King County, Washington, United States (near Enumclaw)
CauseAcute peritonitis caused by traumatic perforation of the colon
ParticipantsKenneth Pinyan (Mr. Hands),[1] James Michael Tait, an unidentified male, and a stallion
Deaths1 (Kenneth Pinyan)

The Enumclaw horse sex case was a 2005 incident involving Kenneth Pinyan [2] (1960–2005), a Boeing engineer residing in Gig Harbor, Washington. Pinyan distributed zoophilic pornography of himself receiving anal sex from a stallion under the alias Mr. Hands.[3][4]

The story was reported in The Seattle Times and was one of that paper's most read stories of 2005.[5] It was informally referred to as the "Enumclaw horse sex case".[6]

Pinyan's death rapidly prompted the passing of a bill in Washington prohibiting both sex with animals and the videotaping of such an act. Under current Washington law, bestiality is now a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.[7]


On July 1, 1976, section 9.79.100 of the Revised Code of Washington, which prohibited "Every person who shall carnally know in any manner any animal or bird", was repealed and legalized bestiality in the state of Washington.[8][9]

Kenneth Pinyan had worked for Boeing for eight years.[2] He was previously married to a woman and had children with her. He had moved from Seattle to Oak Harbor, Washington.[10] Before his death, Pinyan was building a new house and a barn, in which he planned to place a horse, on the Key Peninsula Highway in Gig Harbor, Washington. He was about to begin making payments on his 30-year, $144,000 mortgage on it.[2]

Pinyan previously lost the ability to experience certain sensations after suffering from a motorcycle accident, and became involved in increasingly extreme sexual acts such as insertion of extremely large dildos, fisting, and receptive anal sex with horses. In the early 2000s, he found online a group of men, nicknamed "zoos", who began meeting at a farm in an unincorporated area in King County, Washington for communal weekends and filmed, and later posted online, each other being sodomized by horses, along with sometimes having sex with each other afterwards. According to Charles Mudede, co-writer of the 2007 documentary film Zoo, the men trained the horses to penetrate them by stripping, applying a horse breeding pheromone, and bending over.[1] Pinyan had a cast created of the penis of his favorite horse, Strut.[11][12]

The incident[edit]

The incident occurred at a 40-acre (16 ha) farm,[13] located in an unincorporated area in King County, Washington,[14] five miles northwest of the city of Enumclaw.[13] Pinyan, and a man named James Michael Tait (who lived in a trailer next to the farm), plus another unidentified man, often visited the farm for sexual purposes. After either Pinyan or the other man recorded Tait being penetrated by a stallion, Tait then filmed Pinyan submitting to the same act. During this incident, Pinyan sustained internal injuries including a perforated colon.[2]


Pinyan was anonymously dropped off at the Enumclaw Community Hospital.[13][15] On July 2, 2005, a man asked hospital staff for medical assistance for his companion. Pinyan was found dead in the emergency room, aged 45. The man who brought Pinyan into the hospital had disappeared by the time hospital staff came to contact him.[13] According to the Medical Examiner's Office, Pinyan "died of acute peritonitis due to perforation of the colon",[13] and the death was ruled accidental.[16]


After Pinyan died, the authorities used his driver's license to find acquaintances and relatives. Earlier news reports stated that the authorities had used surveillance camera footage to track down Pinyan's companion. Using the contacts, the authorities found the farm where the incident occurred. The police tracked down the rural Enumclaw-area farm, which was known in zoophile Internet chat rooms as a destination for people who want to have sex with livestock, and seized hundreds of hours of videotapes of men engaging in bestiality. One of the videotapes featured Kenneth Pinyan shortly before he died on July 2.[13]

Prosecutors later determined that the horse had not been injured by being forced to engage in sex in this manner.[14][17]

It was only after Pinyan died, when law enforcement looked for one way to punish his associates, that the legality of bestiality in Washington State became an issue [...] The prosecutor's office wanted to charge Tait with animal abuse, but the police found no evidence of abused animals on the many videotapes they collected from his home. As there was no law against humanely having sex with one horse, the prosecutors could only charge Tait with trespassing.

The prosecutor's office says no animal cruelty charges were filed because there was no evidence of injury to the horses.

Media reporting[edit]

Jennifer Sullivan, a Seattle Times staff reporter, said that originally the King County Sheriff's Department did not expect the newspaper to report on the event, because "it was too gruesome." After an Associated Press report stated that the farm where the event occurred attracted "a significant number of people" who wanted to partake in bestiality, the Seattle Times decided that it needed to write articles about the case, since multiple people were involved.[19]

Criminal charges, guilty plea, and sentencing[edit]

The photographer, 54-year-old James Michael Tait,[14] was charged with criminal trespassing in the first degree, because the owners of the farm, a third party, were not aware that the men entered the property to engage in bestiality. The third man was not charged since he was not visible in the videos seized by investigators.[2] On November 29, 2005, Tait entered an Alford plea,[20] and Judge David Christie gave him a suspended one-year sentence, a $300 fine, and one day of community service. Judge Christie ordered Tait to never visit the farm again.[2]


Mudede wrote that at the time of the incident the residents of Enumclaw were shocked and angered by the incident. In 2015, ten years after the incident, Mudede wrote that Enumclaw residents were unwilling to acknowledge the incident.[10]

2 Guys 1 Horse[edit]

After Pinyan's death, a video circulated around the internet of Kenneth Pinyan engaging in receptive anal intercourse with a horse. The video was nicknamed "Mr. Hands" or "2 Guys 1 Horse". The video, intended originally to sexually gratify the viewer, has became one of the first viral reaction videos. This video is featured in the 2007 film Zoo.[21][1][22] On an episode of Broad City, Game Over, Ilana Wexler gets fired from her job due to her posting footage of Mr. Hands on corporate social media.[23] On episode 68 of The Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan had Iliza Shlesinger react to Mr. Hands.[24] On episode 796 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan had Josh Zepps react to Mr. Hands.[25] It was referenced to on episode Nut Neutrality and Sergeant Hands of Chapo Trap House by Felix Biederman.[26]


A documentary of the life and death of Pinyan, and the life led by those who came to the farm near Enumclaw, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival 2007 under the title Zoo. It was one of 16 winners out of 856 candidates for the festival,[27] and played at numerous regional festivals in the United States thereafter.[28] Following Sundance, it was also selected as one of the top five American films to be presented at the prestigious Directors Fortnight sidebar at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.[29][30]

James Michael Tait[edit]

In 2005, James Michael Tait moved to Maury County, Tennessee where he lived on Kenny Thomason's farm, which had 13 horses, Shetland ponies, goats and dogs. On October 13, Christy D. Morris was arrested with three counts of animal cruelty. On October 15, 2009, an anonymous person e-mailed investigators a photo of a man who was having sex with a Shetland pony from Kenny Thomason's farm, leading to the arrest of Tait and Thomason that same day. Tait was charged with three counts of three counts of felony animal cruelty, while Thomason was charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty. According to Tait's arrest warrant, he had been engaging in sex acts with a stud horse over a span of several months. Both Tait and Thomason admitted to engaging in sex acts with a horse.[31][32][33] In January 2010 Tait pleaded guilty in a Tennessee court to engaging in sexual acts with animals, and he was placed on probation.[34]

Section 16.52.205 of the Revised Code of Washington[edit]

After Pinyan died,[2] Pam Roach, a member of the Washington State Senate and a Republican from Auburn, crafted a bill to ban bestiality in Washington State.[19] Senate Bill 6417, which made bestiality a Class C felony, passed on February 11, 2006 with 36 state senators voting for it (The vote record is "passed; yeas, 36; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 13", meaning that 13 of the 49 total senators refrained from going on record about the matter). Mudede wrote "It was an almost comically easy law to pass."[2] Bestiality had no political support in Washington state, and no group in Washington state advocated for bestiality.[2] The law is RCW 16.52.205(3). Mudede wrote that reading RCW 16.52.205 "is very much like reading hardcore porn."[2] In addition, the law prohibits "videotap[ing] a person engaged in a sexual act or sexual contact with an animal" "either alive or dead." Because of the provision against videotaping, Mudede stated that the law "points an angry finger directly at James Tait."[2] In 2015 Mudede said that he was unaware of any bestiality arrests in Washington State since the Pinyan incident.[35]

See also[edit]


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