CW: Animal Death

On June 5, 2023, The Debrief published an article titled “Intelligence Officials Say U.S. Has Retrieved Craft of Non Human Origins.” Written by Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal, the article details claims brought forth by whistleblower David Grusch, a former Air Force officer and intelligence official, concerning documents he had been shown.

And what was in these documents? Evidence of a crash recovery program responsible for retrieving alien spaceships that had embedded themselves into Earth’s soil. In subsequent interviews, Grusch claimed that the Pope informed the American Army of a UFO that had crashed in Italy in the mid 1940s, that we’ve recovered alien bodies, and… that aliens have killed humans!

Here’s the thing… This is all old hat, and it was Grusch’s claims that prompted the beginning of this series. All UFO conspiracies can be traced back to the 1980s. Before we get there, however, we need to take a trip back to 1967, to the mutilation heard round the world. The death of Lady, Nellie Lewis’ prize horse, garnered national press attention, forever linking the phenomenon of livestock mutilation to UFOs.

Special thanks to Jay Shenk, Darcy Staniforth (Cinema Sentries, Mysteries Decoded Podcast) and Emily Louise (Weird Reads with Emily Louise)


Stalking the Herd: Unraveling the Cattle Mutilation Mystery by Christopher O’Brien

“How the Death of 6,000 Sheep Spurred the American Debate on Chemical Weapons” by Lorraine Boissoneault

Dr. John H. Altshuler entry on Northern Ontario UFO Research & Study website

“After 50 years, Snippy still a mystery” by Sylvia Lobato – Alamosa News

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Rob Kristoffersen is an amateur UFO researcher from the Adirondacks of Northern New York. He is the host of the podcast, Our Strange Skies: UFOs Throughout History.