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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Friday, August 23, 1974
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14 Lincoln, Neb. Journal Friday, August 23,1974 Brands Division Unsure Devil Worship Fires Debate in Cattle Mutilations o/ Cattle Deaths Cause i AH rhnmn«n of the Cattle he also is keeping an of By John Gleason Some authorities in Kansas and Nebraska have been led to believe the Bible Belt is being unbuckled by Satanists. But the question to be answered is whether incidents in the two states are only coincidences or possibly evidence linking a Satanic cult to reported cattle mutilations. In Nebraska alone, about 30 cases have been reported. A total of more than 50 have come from the two states. Cloud County Atty. William Walsh. Concordia, Kan., has compiled a report from an interview he and an undersheriff conducted in January with a man who said he was a former member of a Satanic cult at a Wisconsin college. The man asked authorities not to reveal his identity to assure his personal safety. Walsh said the man told them sex organs were removed from animals for use in black masses (anti-Christian ceremonies). The man told Walsh the organs were prepared for use during the rites as a mockery of a Communion service. The man said the cult he belonged to had mutilated dogs for use in its ceremonies, but he said he had heard of cults that used cattle. He told authorities that if the cattle mutilations were the work of cultists there would also be church burglaries in the same areas. He said stolen church sacraments would also be used for purposes of mocking Christianity during the rites. The man indicated the mutilations would probably occur on Wednesday or Thursday nights for ceremonies to be held at midnight on Saturdays. Walsh said the man had been picked up on another charge, and when he learned of the mutilations he offered the cult explanation. The man apparently had been dismissed from the cult at the college he had attended. Walsh said a number of church burglaries occurred in Cloud County during the time of the mutilations. The burglars took crucifixes and other items, he said. "We also had a burglary at our library, (Concordia, Kan.) and discovered all the books on the occult were taken," Welsh said. " L i t t l e by l i t t l e it fit together," he said noting that the oddities seemed to occur when the Cloud County Community Junior College in Corcordia was in session. Walsh said he was convinced of the former cultist's sincerity and believes the cattle deaths in his county were the work of cultists. However, Nebraska State Patrol Captain Vernon Byler isn't convinced ths e-!t theory is the answer for the Nebraska incidents. "I don't believe in that kind of s t u f f , and I h a v e n ' t seen anything yet to make me believe it," Byler said. He said in many incidents the reports have come in so late that decomposition has prevented a proper autopsy. 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The armed patrols were initiated following the mutilations and reports of unidentified helicopters flying over the county at night. Thompson said he has asked groups of farmers to check all the vacant buildings in the county on a systematic basis. He added, "I'm afraid they'll be armed." U n i d e n t i f i e d helicopter s i g h t i n g s have also been reported in Custer County for the last three weeks. Efforts by authorities have failed to identify the helicopters. REGIONAL reported in his county, but there have been four mutilations confirmed, by a veterinarian. curred within 200 yards of a church. A rural Raymond couple had Art Thompson of the Cattle Brands Division in the Secretary of State's office said Friday four of the other five brand in- open mind," Thompson said. Thompsen said in most of the incidents it depends on how the , ,j _ _ _ ^ , m ^j^ uiilci l i v e v i u * » w *·· - . , . i Adams said a mutilated calf taken issue with the Lancaster vest j gators are leaning toward signs are read as to which way a QC ctill "limhor" ujhon if HMD fnnnfii Chopiff'c nffipp a« tn .. .. .. . iii- j il ;~ norcfin will lean in tnCOriZinB However Captain Byler said the patrol has determined that in a couple of the incidents the helicopters were being flown by "legitimate operators." Custer County Sheriff Larry Higginbottum said there have been several mutilations in his county since the beginning of the helicopter reports. He wouldn't say what his theory is for the apparent mutilations. Madison County Sheriff Marvin Adams said there haven't been any helicopter sightings was still "limber" when it was found and the veterinarian confirmed the death had been caused by a knife. 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