12 January 89
Case: Southeastern Idaho Mutilation of two cattle...
Investigator: Mike Fidler-Asst.State Director of MUFON...
Case report by: Don Mason-Idaho State Director of MUFON....
Sheriff`s Report as follows;
Nature of incident; dead calf
Incident number; 1988-739
Reported by Tom Williams
Date/Time 11-11-88 1145 mst
Officer assigned 387-England
Details: This morning Tom Williams found one of his Herford steers dead in the
field of his "mother-in-law", Mrs.O.Hughs. He had been keeping several head
there and feeding them there. The last time he had been in the field was 11-10-
88 to feed the animals. The animal was laying on it`s right side and had a
bloody froth at the mouth, blood on the ground and on the anus. The anus had
been cut out along with the mamary organs. The animal was a steer about two
years old. I took the following pictures: #4 facing north of the stomach #5
facing west hind quarters #6 facing east closeup of head #7 & 8 close up genital
area #9 & 10 anus close up # 11 & 12 possible needle tracks in meat and hide.
With Larry Jindrich, (Fish and Game officer #508) assisting me we took flesh
and blood samples. There were no other exterior marks on the animal other than
the cuts on the anus and the mamary glands. There were no broken bones or holes
in the hide.
When in the process of taking a flesh specimen Jindrich noticed what looked
like a needle track in the right rear hip. I took pictures of this area. We took
a two inch deep by about four inch square piece of flesh from this area. Also we
took a piece of hide that covered this area. Williams gave me a large shringe to
collect a blood specimen. I took the sample from the neck area after Jindrich
cut the area open to find a vein.
Both areas that were cut open showed signs of brusing before death. It is
possible that the animal had been roped around the neck by the signs of brusing
in the cut we made. When we opened the carcass on the right hip there was
brusing showing on the very rear part of the carcass. I do have photographs of
I was able to collect about 18 mls of blood. The blood is labeled #1, the
flesh is labeled # 2, and the hide is labeled #3 . On packaging I requested to
look for signs of sedative and/or poisons. The evidence will be taken to the lab
There was no signs of struggle. It had rained during the night and the other
animals had trampled out what tracks there could have been. The only house that
was occupied at that time was Mrs. O. Hughs. Williams told me he had talked to
her and she had not seen anything. There is one other house in the area with
windows facing the scene, but was unoccupied at the time ..
NOTE: Dr.Ipsen the veterinarian told me that when a animal bloats it causes
hemoraging in the head, neck and shoulders.
Signed: B. England
........................ REPORT # 2 .......................................
Nature of incident: Dead Cow
incident number: 1988-745
Officer assigned:B. England
Received by: Bernice Weeks (dispatcher)
Date/Time: 11-12-88 1726 mst
Details: After my day shift on 11-12-88 I was contacted at home by sheriff`s
dispatcher. She told me another mutilated cow had been foun. It belonged to Rex
Daniels of Saint John. His cows are in the field just north of rancher Tom
Williams place. It is about a mile from the road where the dead cow was found.
There are three ways to get down to the field. One is to drive down Tom Williams
driveway, the other from the road is about a mile and a half to the west of
Williams driveway. The only other way is just north of Samarea, a lane that goes
down behind Williams house. The road ends about a half mile before the place the
cow was found. From this road to walk to the place the cow is, there is Skunk
creek and a canal about seven feet wide.
Rick and Lynn Higley found the animal sometime on the 12th, they have cattle
in the ajoining field. I went to Dr.M.Ipsen`s the veterinarians house and picked
up some needles and shringes. I asked him if he wanted to come over and see what
was the cause of death. He followed me over to the field and assisted me.
The cow with tag # 209, was laying on her left side, belly facing to the
north. The right side of her mouth and cheek had been cut away. Looking at the
cut, the person making it had to have pulled the lip out and cut through the
hair down through the skin. The anus and vulva had also been cut out. The outer
portion of the "lips" had been cut out in a hollow type circle. The only other
damage I could find was that behind the hocks on the back legs showed some
blood. On closer look there was no signs of rope marks. There were several
little points that had been bleeding. Dr. Ipsen told me that these could have
been made by "heel flys". They lay eggs on the hock, and when the egg hatches
the larvae burrow into the animal at that point. Daniels told me that the cow
walked on the very back portion of her feet, and this could explain the
bleeding. I noticed that her hooves were long and they did show signs of walking
After taking pictures I cut open the neck and took 25 mls. of blood. The blood
in the veins was clotted, but the serum (sample) did come out. I took a skin
sample from her right hip, and under this I took a flesh sample. These samples
will be tested for some kind of sedative or poison.
There was a couple of drops of blood between the hind legs, down about a foot
from the vulva. I looked for any other signs of bleeding and could not find any
besides out of the nose and where the portions of her body had been cut, and on
her heels. The cause of death is still unknown at this time.
The cow was a five year old carrying a calf to be born in May. Her sire is
"EXPLOSION". She was also a herford. Mr.Daniels estimated her value around $
1000.00, aside from the profits of future calfs. She was a registered herford.
The cuts around the anus closely resemble those made on Tom Williams steer
that from the signs was killed and mutilated the same night, friday the 11 th of
The following are the pictures I took, # 12 facing south-stomach of cow
including the Williams residence. # 13 facing east of the head, # 14 facing
north of cows back, # 15 facing west of cows rear end, # 16 & 17 close up of
head, # 18-19 close up anus-vulva area, # 20-21 blood on heels (could be heel
People who live in the general area are Ralph Hughs, to the west. Dave Mills
who lives to the south on the road, and Tom Williams who lives to the south
about 3/4 of a mile away. These houses have a view of the field the cow is in.
The last time that Daniels saw the cow was about a week ago. The cow had not
received any inoculations since early summer. Daniels has no idea of who would
NOTE: Dr.Ipsen told me that when a cow dies and bloats it will cause hemorages
in the neck, head and shoulders. When I cut open the neck there were signs of
hemorage in the neck muscles.
....................INTERVIEW OF TOM WILLIAMS & REX
The investigation and interview was done by Mike Fidler-Asst.State Director of
Idaho for MUFON. The two sheriff`s reports and the interview was compiled and
typed by Don Mason, State Director of Idaho for MUFON (computers-on-line). In
talking with Tom Williams, he added the following information. On the steer of
his that was mutilated that they did see where a nine inch triangle was cut out
of the steer, that ran from scrotum to the belly, with the point of the triangle
pointing towards the throat. One of the things that Tom and Rex Daniels both
noticed was that the coyotes wouldn`t bother to come into the carcasses or near
them.They being ranchers for many years have always found that when a steer or
cow dies in a field that the coyotes will always come in for the "feast". Both
ranchers remarked that they thought it was strange that the animals didn`t
hardly bleed and that the cuts made in them was done with very much skill. Tom
Williams stated that it had rained the night before he found his steer and that
he saw no human foot prints and only a few hoof prints from some of the other
cattle. Rex Daniels said; that when Rick and Lynn Higley found his cow that they
didn`t see any foot prints or vehicle tracks in the area and when Rex went to
the seen all he could find was the two sets of prints that his neighbors had
Tom Williams said that about two years before at about the same time of year
he had another steer that had been mutilated in much the same way and that at
that time he had noticed there was no tracks around the carcass or foot prints,
and that the sheriff`s office was never able to determine the cause of death.
After that incident Williams kept a close eye on his stock up until the later
part of this summer. He did state that this type of incident does occur every
so often in their area and that no one has ever been seen doing such things.
Williams and Daniels after talking to the Deputy (England) feel that it is being
done by some kind of a satanic cult group and the deputy bases this on the fact
that they found a triangle marking on a highway overpass not to far from where
the ranchers both live. Williams did say that the deputy sheriff took hide and
flesh samples and sent them to a lab to be analyzed for any type of seditives or
poisons and that they lab report won`t be back for about six weeks. According to
Daniels, the Veterinarian that was present with the deputy at the scene told him
that it didn`t appear to him that the cow had been poisoned or drugged, but that
something that he might not be familar with could have been used. At this time
both Mike Fidler and myself (Don Mason) are waiting for copies of the