Jan 07, 2022 I Nick Redfern

Cattle Mutilations: The “Silent and Mysterious Helicopter” Part of the Phenomenon

My previous article was on the subject of cattle mutilations and why there is good evidence that the entire phenomenon has nothing to do with UFOs and/or extraterrestrials, but, rather, is tied to government agencies who are concerned by potentially deadly viruses that might get into the food-chain. There is, however, another angle that has allowed for the real truth of the cattle mutilation subject to be hidden well. It's the matter of silent helicopters. Yes, I did say helicopters that make no sound. Imagine while driving late at night you see a powerful, blinding light in the sky and it comes from a craft of some sort that can fly with no sound, that can hover, and that can even fly backwards. With the tell-tale sound of a helicopter's rotor-blades, it would be easy to determine what it was that you saw: a helicopter. However, without the sound of those rotor-blades, and in the darkness, it would be very easy to think you had just encountered a UFO. And, by having a few, strategically placed silent helicopters flying over cattle mutilation sites, it would make it even easier to create a scenario suggesting extraterrestrials were behind the grisly mutilations. The goal and the result? Keeping the real project - namely, secretly checking the U.S. cattle herds to try and determine if the food-chain has been infected by potential deadly viruses - stays secret from nearly all of us. And the UFO cover-story works very well. With that all said, now let's have a look at the evidence of a helicopter-cattle mutilation project.

Back in the 1980s, the FBI declassified into the public domain - under the terms of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act - its file on cattle mutilations. It turns out that some of the FBI's papers relate to helicopters, as you'll see now. From January to March 1973, the state of Iowa was hit hard by cattle mutilations. Not only that, many of the ranchers who lost animals reported seeing strange lights and black-colored helicopters in the direct vicinity of the attacks. That the FBI took keen notice of all this is demonstrated by the fact that, as the Freedom of Information Act has shown, it collected and filed numerous media reports on the cattle-mutes in Iowa. The next piece of data dates from early September 1974. That’s when the FBI’s director, Clarence M. Kelley, was contacted by Senator Carl T. Curtis, who wished to inform the Bureau of a wave of baffling attacks on livestock in Nebraska – the state in which Curtis resided and represented.

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(Nick Redfern) Imagine seeing a totally silent helicopter

In August 1975, Senator Floyd K. Haskell, of Colorado, made his voice known to the FBI, on the growing cattle mutilation controversy: "For several months my office has been receiving reports of cattle mutilations throughout Colorado and other western states. At least 130 cases in Colorado alone have been reported to local officials and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI); the CBI has verified that the incidents have occurred for the last two years in nine states. The ranchers and rural residents of Colorado are concerned and frightened by these incidents. The bizarre mutilations are frightening in themselves: in virtually all the cases, the left ear, rectum and sex organ of each animal has been cut away and the blood drained from the carcass, but with no traces of blood left on the ground and no footprints."  The senator had much more to say, too: "In Colorado’s Morgan County area there has also been reports that a helicopter was used by those who mutilated the carcasses of the cattle [italics mine], and several persons have reported being chased by a similar helicopter. Because I am gravely concerned by this situation, I am asking that the Federal Bureau of Investigation enter the case."

A lengthy document, prepared by Forrest S. Putman, the FBI's Special-Agent-in-Charge at Albuquerque, New Mexico was soon thereafter sent to the FBI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. It read: "Information furnished to this office by Officer [Gabe]Valdez [of the New Mexico police] indicates that the animals are being shot with some type of paralyzing drug and the blood is being drawn from the animal after an injection of an anti-coagulant. It appears that in some instances the cattle’s legs have been broken and helicopters without any identifying numbers have reportedly been seen in the vicinity of these mutilations. Officer Valdez theorizes that clamps are being placed on the cow’s legs and they are being lifted by helicopter to some remote area where the mutilations are taking place and then the animal is returned to its original pasture. The mutilations primarily consist of removal of the tongue, the lymph gland, lower lip and the sexual organs of the animal [italics mine]."

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(Nick Redfern) From cattle to helicopters and a sinister project

Following a 1979 New Mexico-based conference on cattle mutilations - that the FBI attended - the Bureau wrote in a report: "Tom Adams of Paris, Texas, who has been independently examining mutilations for six years, said his investigation has shown that helicopters are almost always observed in the area of the mutilations. He said that the helicopters do not have identifying markings and they fly at abnormal, unsafe, or illegal altitudes [italics mine]." Now, let's get onto the matter of those helicopters that make no sound. It was a subject that the late conspiracy-theorist, Jim Keith, addressed deeply. The issue of the silent helicopters was one which particularly intrigued Keith. After all, helicopters are known for their deep, thump-thump sound. So, to encounter a helicopter that is near-silent – or, perhaps, even completely silent – would be amazing, indeed. In pursuing the tales of the silent ‘copters, Keith found himself repeatedly pointed in the direction of Nevada. By now, you know the specific stretch of Nevada: Area 51. In February of 1995, the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper ran an article titled "Ex-Worker Describes Stealth Copter." Commenting on all of this, Keith said: “According to statements of a former worker at Groom Lake Air Force Base, a black budget stealth helicopter was being tested at this facility as early as 1990. The code name for the helicopter was 'T.E.K,' which stood for 'Test and Evaluation Project K.'"

Of course, the mysterious, silent helicopters were seen long before the 1990s. That's something that suggests the programs operating out of Groom Lake were going on for decades. In other words, the secrecy surrounding the project suggests that these strange, futuristic helicopters were taking to the skies years before the secrecy was compromised in the nineties. And, of course, it was these particular helicopters that played significant roles in the cattle mutilation subject.  Unfortunately, Jim Keith did not live to pursue this story to its ultimate point. Death stepped in and put paid to that. And, permanently so. But, that’s a story for another day.

Nick Redfern

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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