Did Dark Shadows predict cattle mutilations?

Did Dark Shadows predict cattle mutilations?

A healthy calf goes missing.  It was inside a fenced area, with a well-maintained fence.  It was seen the night before…in the morning, nothing.  The police investigate: there are no tracks.

The calf is found on the other side of town…drained of blood.  There is no blood in the area. 

“It was drained of blood completely…and from what evidence we have so far, expertly.”

It’s clear that no animal could have done it.

Sound familiar?  Like a cattle mutilation case?

I’ve been watching Dark Shadows on streaming Netflix…from the beginning.  This the vampire/werewolf from the 1960s.

That’s important: this story line ran in 1966.  The first famous animal mutilation case of the modern era was the next year, in 1967.

Did the very popular series affect the perception of the cattle mutilation phenomenon?  At first, there was question as to whether or not anything was happening.  Could it have been a pop culturally-engendered urban legend?  That seems unlikely…because there has been a lot of physical evidence.  When the FBI investigated, it found that most of the cases were due to normal animal predation…but some weren’t. 

The hallmark of cattle mutilations, for those who consider them something unusual, is the precision with which the animal is mutilated.  In some cases, it is reported to seem to be superhuman technology.  On Dark Shadows, that is one of the issues, too…it’s done too carefully to be an animal…and it seems strange for a human to do.

It could just be coincidence, of course…but that also seems weird…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle. 

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