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Sheep Sacrifices of the Occult Kind

Over the years I have investigated more than a few cases of distressing animal mutilations in the UK. Now, before I get to the crux of the story, it’s important I note that we’re most definitely not talking about anything akin to the rumors of aliens mutilating and killing cattle in the United States for who-knows-what purposes. Nope. In the UK, we’re talking about something much more down to earth, but no less disturbing.

In October 2005, for example, farmer Daniel Alford of Sampford Spiney, near Tavistock, Devon, England, made a shocking discovery on the wilds of Dartmoor: namely, six sheep, horrifically slaughtered, with their eyeballs removed and their necks viciously broken. More sinister is the fact that the corpses of the animals had been deliberately laid out, in what was perceived to be a Pagan symbol, near a series of ancient standing-stones.

Alford was convinced this was the dark and horrific work of occultists. Primarily because this was not the first occasion upon which he had made such a gruesome find. In January 2005, Alford had stumbled upon five sheep, killed in a similar fashion and spread out in a circle, only half a mile away. Interestingly, on both occasions the animal attacks had occurred at the height of a full moon.


Alford said at the time: “This was a sacrifice – they had their necks broken. Initially, when you think of sacrifices you think sharp knives and slit throats. That wasn’t the case here. If they had killed them and taken them, I would have accepted it more. Just to outright kill them and leave them is just a waste.”

And as Alford perceptively and rightly noted: “You wouldn’t just get kids catching sheep like that. Someone’s got to know what they’re on about.” Alford was not wrong: somebody most definitely did know what they were doing, and the attacks were only destined to continue.

Equally of significance, in 2006, yet more unsettling sacrifices of sheep on Dartmoor occurred, again near Tavistock, and specifically on moorland at a location called Pork Hill. Once again, the necks of the animals had been broken, and their eyes had been taken. This time, however, there was another disturbing development: the tongues of the animals had also been removed.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Inspector Becky Wadey commented: “These sheep must have been rounded up on the open moor by whoever carried out this barbaric attack. That would have required a number of people and potentially been quite a spectacle. The bodies were found on open, exposed ground very close to the road, so somebody must have seen something, even if they did not realise at the time that it was suspicious.”



This is all very much the tip of a large iceberg. I know of a number of additional cases of animal mutilation on Dartmoor, including one infamous case from 1977 that some investigators did link to the UFO phenomenon. I’ve also investigated such slaughtering and accompanying sacrifice in the English county of Staffordshire, where I used to live.

I see no evidence of any link – at all – to UFOs. What I do see, however, is evidence that points in the direction of deeply warped, sick people who need a bloody good kicking in the head, and who get their kicks out of sacrificing animals to achieve a certain goal via supernatural means. We’re talking about money, power, influence, etc.

More disturbing is the fact that many of these groups are inter-linked. We’re talking about a powerful network, an underground movement, that has tentacles all across the country and which is highly active. One of the days I may write a full-length book on all my findings on this subject. It will make for grim reading, to be sure.


Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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