Junior [James] Pittman, a 60 year old retired military man, now farmer, lost a 10 year old 1,100 lb. Holstein cow in the early morning of Feb 9, 1996. His comment was, "It's weird and it don't make no sense -- what would anybody want with a cow, as cheap as they are today? They're going for about 16 cents a pound, just giving 'em away, up in Tennessee. What would anybody want with a neck bone?"
"Foggy, damp, overcast," said Pittman, citing the ideal weather conditions for such covert operations. "That's when they do their dirty work. That's when this happened."
Sue Pitts, the assistant state director for MUFON, from Huntsville, investigated the scene. She [found] an 8 inch deep, 6 inch wide, 8-1/2 inch long incision at the base of the [cow's] neck.
But who did this? What caused this, another dead animal in an area beleaguered by more than 30 cow mutilations in 1992 and 1993?
"This happens all over the world," said Ms. Pitts. "It's not exclusively Sand Mountain."
"There was some question on that one (the Pittman cow), that it was something besides a predator," said Marshall County Sheriff Mac Holcomb. "As to what, who knows?"
James Pittman doesn't think aliens killed his cow. He thinks someone passed over his pasture, snuck through the night in a helicopter with a silent, sophisticated motor, and started another rash of cow mutilations.
Since Pittman's cow was killed, two more cows have been found dead in Marshall County, one near Boaz and another one in a community called Asbury, near Albertville. Sheriff Mac Holcomb's investigators concluded that the latest cow deaths were not the result of [surgical] mutilations.
"A perfectly round incision," said Milton Rains, the Asbury farmer who found his cow dead last Tuesday morning [Feb 20]. "It wasn't done by dogs, either. I don't believe a predator could have cut an incision as round as that one was."
Junior Pittman could not explain the lack of smell and blood where the cow was found. He could not figure out why rigor mortis hadn't set in four days after death. There weren't any tracks, footprints or cow tracks near the mud-stained scene.
"I don't want to say UFOs," Junior Pittman said. "It wasn't devil worshippers or gangs. It was quick and quiet, the way they did it. It (a UFO) is a possibility."
Ms. Jaci Pittman discovered the cow by the pond. That morning about 8 a.m., when she heard a calf hollering, she went over to the calf, and she saw the dead cow 50 yards away with the hole in its neck, sprawled in the mud and water.
Phyllis Baldwin, a family friend and a nurse in Fort Payne said, "They injected her. They took all the blood. There was no clotting or blood in the belly."
Pittman said, "The skin was smooth," describing the area inside the wound. "... even with a good steady hand, you couldn't do it that good." He commented it looked like a laser beam had done it.
"They went into her neck, behind the jawbone," said Milton Rains, describing his dead cow. "That blood hadn't clotted, and she'd been dead 12 to 48 hours. There was no sign of anything on the ground."
Pittman said he woke up around 2:30 that morning and heard a helicopter going over in that direction. "I didn't think anything of it. It was a quiet helicopter. In Vietnam, you could hear a helicopter a long time before it got to you." He says that wasn't a military helicopter he heard on the morning of Feb. 9.
A blue and white helicopter has been spotted by the Pittmans over their pasture before.
Original file name: CNI - Alabama mutilation 2.29
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