After studying the subject seriously since 2012 I've discovered that there are a number of commonalities among animal mutilation cases that are worth noting, and that any serious researcher of the subject should look for.
Animal mutilations came to public light in the 1960's when ranchers began to report to the local police and FBI, and the media picked this up. This phenomena occurs not only in the United States, but worldwide. Many mutilation files were released by the FBI and are now available to researchers, although these are all older cases, with no new cases released, although there are many. In Missouri alone, I've investigated over 70 reports. One has to wonder why the later cases have not been released yet, unless as some people theorize, there is a cover-up regarding this subject.
The media seemed to grab on to the idea early on that cults were doing the mutilating, although to date there has never been any proof of that. Additionally, some reporters and websites state that most or all of the cases can be explained by natural predators, which is preposterous given the facts.
Another problem in getting this information out to the public is that most ranchers do not want any publicity and don't want their names or locations used in any manner. Unfortunately, this means that the public will never know exactly where or when these mutilation events occurred.
Following are some of the common traits that are found at mutilation sites:
1. Little or no bodily fluids on site, on the ground or on or in the animal, even when found soon after the mutilation occurred. Where has the blood gone? How were the wounds made without any loss of blood?
2. Precise, surgical cuts, or laser-like cuts found, not torn hide or bite marks from predators. (We only look at fresh cuts, not old ones because as the animal bloats the cuts will stretch and make it look very straight)
3. The head of the animal is found facing east in a large number of cases. (This is just an observation, no explanation has been found.)
4. Similar organs missing on each of the mutilated animals: usually the udder or parts of the udder, the vaginal area, the tongue, anal area, and cheek which may include the jaw, and sometimes the lips or eyes. No marks are found on the bones, which would normally be found if the cuts had been made by a knife or other instrument.
5. In some cases marks on the legs or body are found as if the animal has been trussed and lifted with a rope or chain.
6. Extremely fast decomposition of the body, faster than if the animal died from natural causes,or in some cases, slow decomposition.
7. A "human-like" rather than a "dead animal" death smell has been reported in some instances.
8. Dead blow flies on the animal and on the ground. What is killing them?
9. Lack of any sign of predators such as coyotes or vultures eating on the dead carcass as would be expected in a death from natural causes. In some cases animals never eat on the carcass, even though it is known that vultures and coyotes are in the area.
10. In some cases a dark black outline is left on the grass surrounding the animal which appears to be a burn mark of some kind.
11. Lab testing shows a change in the soil in some cases- something makes it non-water soluble, meaning that it has been exposed to very high temperatures. Soil testing outside the area shows no change to the soil.
12. In the rare event that an autopsy is performed internal organs or a fetus may be missing, and in some cases with no cuts on the body.
13. When mutilations occur in one area, they often occur in another, then months may go by with no reports. Oddly, Chuck Zukowski and I have found that many of these events occur ON THE SAME LATITUDE, and I've found these at 39 degrees, 38 degrees, and 37 degrees.
14. Often a circular depression is found on the ground or grass in the immediate vicinity of the animal. Some of the grasses have been lab tested (W.C. Leavengood, biophysicist, did testing and wrote reports on this - he found grasses had been chemically altered -see my article on this subject).
15. Often a depression just under the dead animal, and only in that location, up to 3" deep, indicating that the animal was likely dropped from above.
16. Broken ribs on the animal on the side facing the ground (usually only visible after decomposition or an autopsy is performed.) Again indicating a drop from above.
17. Rarely are any thrashing marks left on the ground around the animal (I know of only one) indicating that the animals were killed somewhere else and deposited in a different location.
18. Farmers and ranchers who report cases to the local authorities are on rare occasions, harassed and threatened. This usually occurs in countries outside the U.S. (I am working on several cases in other countries and will submit articles on these later.)
19. Investigators and ranchers often report low-flying aircraft over the mutilation site such as black helicopters with no markings and military planes. When this occurs in an area that is not known for such activity such as ranches located near air bases, what is the explanation?
20. High EMF readings are often detected inside the mutilation area on the ground, but not outside the area.
21. In all cases to date, there are NO TRACKS found from human footprints, ATV's, Trucks, or any type of vehicle near the dead animal.
22. When gates are locked by the rancher, they are not found unlocked and there is no sign of trespass.
23. Witnesses often see UFOs or unexplained balls of lights, or beams of light over their property prior to or during a mutilation.
24. Witnesses and investigators often see U.S. military aircraft, often unmarked, just after a mutilation occurred even though no report had been made to the military. In one of my cases, we heard two aircraft right over our heads, but could see nothing. Does our military have cloaking technology?
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About the author: Margie Kay is a private investigator and owner of a forensic investigation company in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the publisher of Un-X News Magazine, host of UNX News Podcast/Radio, Assistant State Director of Missouri MUFON, and Director of Quest Investigation Group. See more at www.unxnews.com or www.margiekay.com