Friday, 28 February 2020

Newsletter Quote:

Number Six, Spring-Summer 1979
(Project Stigma, Paris, Texas)

Source: Archives For the Unexplained (, Norrköping, Sweden

Project Stigma was run by the late animal mutilation researcher Thomas (Tom) R. Adams.

Quote from the newsletter issue:

Project Stigma is currently preparing a special report to consist largely of a catalog of reports ot unidentified helicopters at or near mutilation sites. We have knowledge of over 200 such sightings and we are seeking data regarding those which have yet to be reported. For those who have doubted the likelihood of a link between ‘mystery choppers’ and the ‘mystery choppings’, the report will serve to convincingly illuminate the connection. We would appreciate hearing whether our readers would prefer an 8½  X 11 report (or an 8½ X 11 STIGMATA?) rather than the current 8½ X 7 size. Watch for an announcement regarding the helicopter report and catalog in the upcoming STIGMATA #7.


1977 - October

Washington - Snohomish county: We are indebted to Jacob Davidson of Seattle for providing us with a series of consistently fine reports by investigator Jerry Phillips of Everett, Washington. Phillips interviewed rancher and horseman Jack Henning regarding the mutilation of one of his colts.

A vet, Dr. John Carr, was called to the scene and he declared that the colt died from loss of blood via some unknown procedure. There was no blood on the ground and only a small amount in the heart and chest cavity. There were no tracks or signs in the 3-inch grass in the area. It looked ‘as though the colt had been dropped out of the air’. In the same field, 30 to 40 feet of electric fence was down, with two fence posts snapped off at the base. There were no tracks around the fence. Henning left the carcass in the field so he could keep an eye on it. Then, (quoting from Phillips’ report): On the second day a cobweb-like material developed over the open wound. Later the second day a large German shepherd dog was observed coming into the field. When he spotted the dead animal he stopped, smelled the air, made a circle around it and continued on its way. The third day, a coyote which had been seen in the area several times in previous months, came into the field, circled the animal several times, then began eating on the head and neck. He would not go near the rear of the horse. Mr. Henning went out to have a look and found plenty of evidence on the ground and in the grass to show where the coyote had dug his paws in when pulling at the neck hide.....Mr. Henning brought the mare and her other colt out and tried to get them near the dead colt. Neither one would come within 50 feet of it. He tried laying hay next to it and they still would not approach it. Mr. Henning has two labrador dogs…..he turned them loose to see what they would do. They circled the animal, but would not get within 20 feet of it.

Henning told Phillips that he had been working with the surviving colt before the killing and she was fairly gentle. After the mutilation she stood in the barn and quivered. Henning had difficulty even approaching her for a week. The mare was very possessive and protective of her colts, and she would become very upset if anyone even walked between them. There was no evidence that she tried to interfere when the victim colt was in danger that morning. Afterward, ‘she acted as if the colt had never existed’.

1978 – April through August

Missouri – Lincoln County: By now we assume that most readers of this publication are aware of the reports of livestock mutilations, UFO and unidentified helicopter sightings, anomalous odors (and even a June encounter with a 4-ft.-tall ‘ape’) – all in Lincoln County (with some ‘spillover’ into adjoining counties), and especially around the community of Elsberry.

These events received a relatively substantial amount of nationwide publicity. We wanted to refer interested readers to a couple of published accounts regarding these incidents:

International UFO Reporter (1609 Sherman Ave., Suite 207; Evanston, Illinois 60201 – $12.00 per year). This publication and its editors (Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Allen Rendry) are allied with the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). The August 1978 issue of the IUR features an account of a UFO sighting in the Elsberry area (p. 3) and a separate article on the UFO and mutilation activity there throughout the summer. The latter article labors to downplay both the UFO activity and the mutilations, not to mention any possible ‘link’ between them. We have been aware of CUFOS’ grimly opaque attitude toward the mutilation phenomenon. A CUFOS staff member once advised one of their many volunteer investigators scattered across the country not to ‘bring cattle mutilations into the picture’. The staffer claims, in his letter to the investigator, that ‘this is a personal opinion’, then insolently directs the investigator to ‘be careful not to relate UFOs with mutilations, when you are speaking as a Center representative, before you have consulted the Center about its opinion in this matter’. We have become weary (and wary) of attempts to refute the validity of classic mutilations (and some of the peripheral phenomena often associated with them) by referring to bits of information excised from the total body of data (of course, we recognize the possibility that CUFOS may simply be the victim of bad information and/or indifferent investigation). The UFO/mutilation link remains valid circumstantially. Beyond that, it cannot be proven or disproven. Meanwhile, we heartily recommend objectivity between and among mature and consenting adults.

Pursuit (R.F.D. 5 – Gales Ferry, CT 06335 – subscription/membership for one year is $10.00; Pursuit is the journal of the Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained). ‘Mutilations: The Elsberry Enigma’ by editors R. Martin Wolf and Steven N. Mayne appears in the Winter 1979 edition. This is more like it: a simple recounting of the evidence, anecdotal and otherwise, gathered by the authors during their investigation in the Elsberry area. And where conclusions are not warranted, they are not drawn. The article includes a chronological listing of extramundane events (beginning with a mutilation in 1975) and details on diverse Fortean occurrences. The interesting thing is, Project Stigma has since become aware of many other unusual events in the Lincoln County area which are not recounted in the Pursuit article, thanks primarily to the investigations of David Perkins, Cari Seawell and Bill McIntyre. There is more to be heard, and read, regarding the Lincoln County happenings.

1978 - December

South Carolina - Orangeburg County: Around 8:00 PM on Wednesday, December 6th, farmer Richard Fanning, accompanied by his wife and another couple, drove out to feed Fanning’s several hundred hogs. As they approached the bog pen, all four saw a circle of light along with four smaller lights (two red, two green) hovering over nearby treetops. The four were frightened by the noiseless apparitions and decided that the hogs could be fed later. As the witnesses drove from the scene, they were followed by the large white light and the red and green lights for about 300 yards. Suddenly ail five lights returned to hover over the area of the hog pen. After three or four minutes, all of the lights went out.

Fanning did not return to feed the hogs until Friday morning, December 8th. Be found one hog ‘standing up dead. I kicked him and he fell over’. Fanning told reporter Roberta G. Boman of the Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, SC) that a second dead hog lay nearby with its jawbone removed. He told Boman that ‘the body was sort of like sponge, with all the weight gone, kind of like jelly (Fanning said the hog, normally weighing 200 lbs., weighed no more than approximately 50 pounds). In my opinion, no animal got that hog.’

Fanning went on to exclaim that ‘I was scared, and I'm not scared of many things. I go hunting and fishing a lot. Never seen anything like it. It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m an outdoorsman, and I wouldn’t have said nothing unless the other three people saw it too.’ (Our thanks to Leonard Stringfield for advising us of the Fanning case.)


*** Sandler International Films of Hollywood, California has been gathering new material to be used in updating ‘UFOs Past, Present and Future’, a documentary film which was originally released in the mid-1970’s. The Sandler crew has filmed interviews in Colorado and New Mexico as part of a segment on animal mutilations to be included in the new film. It is understood at this writing that the film is to be distributed via syndication to television stations across the country, beginning in the fall of 1979. The ‘on-camera spokesman’ or narrator for the new film is Dr. Jacques Vallee, author of the controversial new book, Messengers of Deception (see STIGMATA #7).

*** At press time, ABC-TV News has, for several weeks, been filming an investigative report on animal mutilations, to be aired (possibly in two parts) on the ‘20-20’ news-feature program in the early summer (‘20-20’ will apparently be seen weekly on Thursday nights during the summer). Project Stigma investigators conferred with correspondent Dave Marash and his crew in early May, and we were impressed with their sincerity and in-depth approach. Assuming the story is aired, watch for impressive eye-witness accounts of UFOs and mystery helicopters in mutilation-prone areas.”

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UFO News Article:
“Evidence Points to Saucer – –
Did UFO Kill Colorado Animals?”

11 October 1967
(The Examiner, Independence, Missouri)


The whole article:
“Snippy the horse, a frisky, frollicking animal who ran afoul of a flying saucer, may not have been the only animal who met his match from the skies, his owner said Tuesday.

Mrs. Berle Lewis, who owned the three-year-old Appaloosa, said she is wondering if the recent deaths of five horses and four cows on nearby lands are somehow related.

Snippy was found dead Sept. 9, 20 miles northeast of Alamosa in desolate Southern Colorado terrain. The flesh from the head and neck of the animal was ‘stripped clear to the bone.’

‘I’m convinced Snippy was killed by a Saucer,’ Mrs. Lewis said. ‘I’d like to know if there’s any connection with the other animals.’

Mrs. Lewis said evidence seems to back up her theory. Markings in the area indicated something may have landed and she said a Geiger counter showed the ground to be radioactive. In addition, a Denver pathologist who examined the dead animal said he ‘had no solution to offer for the death.’

Mrs. Lewis said the latest animals found dead were three horses near Mosca, 14 miles north of Alamosa, a ‘beautiful pinto’ found three miles southeast of where Snippy died, a sorrel and four cows near the highway connecting Blanca and Alamosa.

‘At first no one was interested,’ Mrs. Lewis said. ‘Now everyone wants to know about it.’

Law officers have said the animal probably was killed by lightning.

Just in case it was something else, though, the University of Colorado has sent an investigator from its Unidentified Flying Object research department to check out the report.”

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UFO News Article:
“UFO sighted”

1 September 1995
(The Times, Victor Harbor, Australia)


The whole article:
“The Times has received two separate reports of a UFO over South Coast skies on Tuesday night [29 August 1995].

Ms Karen Lee of Port Elliot says her 10-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter had called her from the kitchen about 7.10pm because they were frightened by an object in the sky.

Her son Paul said the UFO was ‘big, round and red’ and after hovering close to their house for a short time, Ms Lee said it ‘shot off towards the sea’.

Ms Lee said an elderly neighbour had also seen the UFO which had set his dog barking wildly.

Ferry driver Ross Tuckwell said he was in his yard about 7.30pm ‘having a smoke’ when he saw what looked like a huge floodlight in the sky over the hills near his Sorrento Parade, Victor Harbor home.”

My comment:
This UFO case, as seen in the 4 February 1968 Redlands, California, case – also involve both a UFO which manoeuvred close to a house and animal reaction (dog).

I also reported about this article on 2 March 2016.

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UFO Case Directory (Animal Effect Cases):
“Redlands, California
February 4, 1968”


The whole UFO case report:
Animal Reaction Feature:
Between 7:20 and 7:25 p.m. in a residential area, many people over several streets came outdoors because of the unusual barking of the dogs in the neighborhood and/or because of an unusual sound. A circular object at an estimated altitude of 300 feet was seen moving slowly to the ENE.

Joan Woodward, Animal Reaction Specialist:
It is estimated that 200 people saw or heard this object, including four University of Redlands professors (geology, mathematics, chemistry, and art) who became involved in the investigation. The object’s size was estimated to be 50 feet in diameter. It had lights on the base that appeared to expel jets of orange flame, and it had lights on the top that alternated red and green, giving the impression the object was rotating.

The object flew slowly for about a mile, stopped and hovered briefly, jerked forward, hovered, and then shot straight up at high speed.

The sound was reported as a high-pitched modulated whining sound.  Professor Seff (geology) concluded that the sound heard by many (and recorded by a minister) was that of an emergency rescue vehicle and was not coming from the object overhead. Professor Brownfield (art) did a composite drawing based on witnesses who saw the object from a variety of angles.

The sound is questionable. McDonald (1968) indicates witnesses reported physiological effects with no further explanation. No EM effects were reported.” also presents an excerpt from Ronald D. Story’s book, Encyclopedia of UFOs. You will find it by clicking the link, “Case Report – Story.”

Wikipedia article: “Redlands, California”:

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A drawing of the 4 February 1968 Redlands, California, UFO
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UFO News Article:
“Who saw it Feb. 4? –
UR professors plan UFO investigation”

13 February 1968
(Redlands Daily Facts, California)


The whole article:
“Three University of Redlands professors have launched a scientific investigation into the reported sighting of an unidentified flying object over Redlands [California] as part of a UFO research program, it was learned today.

Dr. Phillip Seff, UR geology professor and coordinator in this area for a ‘UFO early warning network’ conducted by the University of Colorado, said numerous reports of the UFO sighting here on Sunday, Feb. 4 [1968], are being investigated on ‘a scientific basis.’

‘We are anxious to interview anyone who saw or heard the UFO,’ Dr. Seff said. ‘We have established there was something here, but we need more witnesses such as those who called the police.’

Jane Peterson, Redlands police dispatcher, said ‘15 to 20 persons’ telephoned police headquarters on the night of Feb. 4, starting at 7:26 p.m., and reported ‘loud noises and lights’ in north Redlands.

One woman said she saw a ‘bright, blinding white light with flashing red lights encircling it’ a few feet from her front door.

According to the police dispatcher, the woman said she opened her door and the lights ‘went straight up with a swishing sound.’

Another woman reportedly saw a similar lighted object in her backyard.

Most of the callers also heard strange sounds in connection with the lights, the dispatcher said.

None of the callers would divulge their names, however. Dr. Seff said he is eager to interview them.

‘I can assure any of these witnesses who contact us that their names and anything they can tell us will be held in the strictest confidence,’ he said.

According to Dr. Seff, the strange sounds heard on the night of Feb. 4 by Albert Tetzlaff and others he has interviewed apparently were not made by the electronic siren of an emergency vehicle on its way to an accident at the approximate time of the UFO reports.

Working with Dr. Seff on the UFO investigation are Dr. Judson Sanderson, UR math department chairman, and Dr. Jay Krantz, professor of chemistry. Either of the three can be reached at the UR, 793-2121.”

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