- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: Adventures Unlimited Press (31. Oktober 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1939149061
- ISBN-13: 978-1939149060
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 361.844 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Stalking the Herd: Examining the Cattle Mutilation Mystery (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Oktober 2013
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Who or What is Behind the Cattle Mutilations? The cattle mutilation phenomenon is an ongoing mystery that has endured for almost 50 years. What have we learned, if anything, from the countless reports filed? Who or what is behind the death and disfigurement of livestock reported as mutilated around
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Mr. O'Brien covers all of the theories concerning cattle mutilations, such as aliens/UFOs, military and black ops, criminals and Satanists and depending on the case, one of these may fit like a glove until you move on to the next event, where it does not fit at all. The author also addresses cases that occurred long before the infamous Snippy mutilation in the late 1960s and he puts these events in a cultural context, which causes you to see these activities on a grand scale, leading to some very uncomfortable conclusions.
These events are well documented by local level authorities, owners of these animals and local media but have been ignored by Federal officials and mass media, but you should not ignore them. Animal mutilations are still ongoing with some animals now being found dead high up in trees and there are even some reports coming in of human mutilations.
The book is well written and hard to put down and it has been a long time since there has been such a high quality book on this subject.
I tend to be fairly skeptical of claims of paranormal anything because the evidence proffered usually ranges from lame to laughable. It's hard to get that tingle down your spine if you're trying to be polite by stifling laughter. However, this book definitely delivers frissonable material.
Part of it is that the research is really comprehensive. Cattle mutilations are a topic the author has personally been involved in for a long time, so he knows most of the relevant people and research. He also co-hosts a podcast about paranormal stuff and from what he says there I judge him trustworthy as a gatekeeper in the paranormal field.
The book begins with a review of the role of cattle in human evolution, prehistory and history. I found these chapters very informative and thought-provoking, in that wonderful let-your-imagination-roam kind of way. It then moves on to look at possible historical precedents of cattle mutilation as we know it today. This was a little trip down Forteana lane, and one I found enjoyable for its suggestive nature. Next, Stalking the Herd takes up the case of Snippy the Horse, the first cattle mutilation, and the going starts to get seriously weird. The Snippy case study is fascinating in its own right.
Subsequent chapters divide mutilations by decade into the 70s, 80s. 90s, and 2000s. Mostly the US is considered, but there is other countries and other types of livestock appear as well. I found these sections overwhelming. It's never easy reading about living creatures suffering and for me it's never easy reading about mysteries that have no answer at the end.
I haven't finished the last 100 pages yet, so I won't comment on those. My overall impression from this book is that cattle mutilation is a serious issue. Livestock suffer physically and owners suffer economically and probably emotionally as well. Why?
I don't know.
In the past I have had the pleasure of reading one other Book by Chris O’Brien “Secrets of the Mysterious Valley”. “Stalking” reads very much like the former text. Mr O’Brien work is not so much an investigation it is a journey. While reading “stalking I pictured myself standing in a muddy field with Mr O’Brien. The Book is amazing the work of a lifetime. From the opening chapters where he investigates the earliest cases delving into mans relationship with bovines from the religious caste of India going forward to the Bible and beyond. Then he delves into the mutilations. From early history to Snippy. (Lady) I found the chapter on Snippy to be well researched. Mr O'Brien then spends many chapters on each decade. Highlighting major cases. For the mundane to the truly bizarre. Wraping it all up in as he puts it “”A current and cultural subtext.” “Stalking the Herd is an amazing work. It had deepened my Respect for Mr O’Brien and his work. It is a book the DEMANDS multiple readings. The book is easy to read with no “jargon” to confuse the reader.
In short if you have an interest in the subject of cattle mutilations this is the Book for you unlike others who study this Mr O'Brien dose not try to force one solution on the reader.
Instead he presents new possibility a call to action and a promise of a follow up book.
extremely well written, well researched and easy to read.