If you’re familiar with the world of ufology then will undoubtedly know that the name belongs to one of the most tenacious and widely respected investigative reporters in the UFO community. Her work on the subject of animal mutilations spans nearly four decades and she has volumes and volumes of material, all meticulously researched, which has appeared in four books and in report form on her vitally important website earthfiles.com
Having successfully completed a Masters Degree in Communications at Stanford University in California in 1968, Linda started her career as a street reporter for KNBC LA. As her reputation increased she was given a producer role for a series of documentaries examining the environment, medicine and political issues in California. From there she moved to Denver, Colorado via Boston, Massachusetts. In Denver Linda was hired to produce documentary films, live studio programs and news segments for the CBS station on all matters affecting the state of Colorado. Linda picks up her story.
“In the summer of 1979 media headline’s started surfacing around the state of Colorado say something along the lines of ‘More Animal Mutilations’ – ‘Mutilations Again’. I had always lived on the East or West coast of the United States so I was not familiar with these stories and I immediately wanted to find out what was going on. So I began an investigation in September of 1979 that you could say has extended to this day.”
“It took nine months working 18 hours a day without a single break. Travelling with my television crew we were away for a month solid visiting ranchers, law enforcement and talking to other reporters.” explains Linda. The resulting footage was a 90 minute special called A Strange Harvest which was first broadcast on CBS on May 25th in 1980 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. around Colorado and the surrounding states. “We shot several thousands of feet of double system film and the highlight for me in many ways was right at the beginning with a sheriff, Tex Graves. He had been a sheriff in Logan County Colorado for 23 years and he had just retired when I went up to see him. He knew my work and when he laid out 266 colour Polaroids he had personally taken in his investigations of animal mutilations, for the very first time I began to understand why the phrase ‘bloodless’ had been repeated over and over in television radio and the newspapers. Polaroids are really not hoaxable and these 266 showed animals with the same patterns of excision.”
“There would be an ear removed at the skull, in a perfect circle about an inch and a half or two inches in diameter. Then there would be a perfect three to four inch diameter circle taken of the hide extending into the forehead. A perfect circle. The eyeball would be removed as well as the eye lids and then the lower jaw usually would be stripped of flesh down to clean bone. I reached out to veterinarians and pathologists and universities, anybody that I could get to help me investigate these cases.
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