New Insights Into The
Animal Mutilation Mystery

By Richard Bonenfant, Ph.D.

© September 2016

“The Prion Hypothesis posits that bizarre animal mutilations so ubiquitously reported over the past half century are the product of secretive agencies monitoring the spread of prion diseases in human and mammal populations.”


On September 9, 1967, Agnes King and her son, Harry, found the dead body of their three-year-old horse Lady. Lady's head and neck had been skinned and de-fleshed, and the body displayed cuts that, to Agnes, looked surgically precise. Her son Harry remarked that no blood was found near Lady but a strong medicinal odor permeated the air. Linda Moulton Howe subsequently investigated the case and brought the matter of animal mutilations to the public’s attention through her 1980 award winning documentary, A Strange Harvest.

A half century has elapsed since Lady’s mutilation. During those five decades much has been documented but little has been resolved. Two questions have continued to haunt animal mutilation researchers - who are the culprits and why are these mutilations being carried out?

Views of the underlying cause of these bizarre mutilations can be characterized under two headings: traditional or unorthodox explanations.  The official explanation, supported by the FBI investigation, most veterinarians and by the scientific community at large, is that animal mutilations can be attributed to the ravages of natural predation, secretive cultist organizations, or by rogue individuals. The unorthodox explanation attributes the phenomenon to aliens and to a lesser degree covert military operations.

After a career-long investigation of the animal, Linda Moulton Howe’s option of causation falls into the unorthodox category. She concludes that animal mutilations emanate from two sources: primarily UFO activity in the mutilation areas, and secondly unmarked helicopters conducting clandestine operations.

The question of why these mutilations are being carried out is far more difficult to assess. Howe’s verdict of why is evident in the title of her numerous publications and documentaries on the subject, namely - alien harvesting...

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Richard Bonenfant

Richard Bonenfant, Ph.D., is a retired research scientist and lecturer. His research career at Albany Medical Center Hospital and the New York State Department of Health was centered on the study of birth defects in newborn children. He most recently retired from the Veterans’ Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, and is credited with publishing several professional articles on near-death experiences.

He has advanced degrees in Anthropology and Psychology, and is dedicated to the investigation of phenomena that lie on the fringes of scientific understanding. Subjective phenomena include such things as near-death experiences, synesthesia, xenoglossia, savant syndrome and hyperthymestic syndrome or individuals with exceptional autobiographical memories. Objective phenomena include verifiable paranormal experiences, crop circles and strange mutilations of unknown origin. There are other unusual phenomena deserving of investigation which he occasionally delves into under appropriate circumstances. These ancillary phenomena include instances of foreign accent syndrome, cases of apparent reincarnation, and human abduction experiences.

Other Articles by Dr. Bonenfant Include:

Profile – David Cayton, the APFU and Corkscrew Seal Mutilations

According to Nature and other research, there appears to be preliminary evidence for the Rapid Prion Neuro-Invasion following Tongue Infection

The Electro-Magnetic (E-M) Effects Project and Questionnaire

A Preliminary Report on the Study of the Relationship Between Abduction Experiences and Unusual Electromagnetic Aftereffects or E-M Effects

Abductee Blood Types: What Could They Indicate? - Summary

Alien Investigator: Case Files of Britains Leading UFO Detective

The 1976 Whitehall, NY Bigfoot Sightings in Conjunction with UFO Activity

Judy Doraty Case: An Abductee’s Account of a Calf Mutilation on-board an ET Craft

The Prion Hypothesis: Expanded version of Significant Observations Related to Animal Mutilations

Stories of Near Death Experiences

New Insights Into The Animal Mutilation Mystery

Richard Bonenfant is also the author of three works of “Faction” or Fiction based in Fact:


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