by Scott Corrales
(Note: Scott's latest book, "Chupacabras and other Mysteries," Greenleaf Publications, ISBN 1-883729-06-8, Introduction by Marc Davenport, can be acquired by calling the Publisher at 1-800-905-8367
After a prolonged absence during which it was missed by no one (except for the Gargoyle-worshipping cult which frequents the Cabo Rojo lighthouse), the Chupacabras left its calling card yesterday morning at the "Granja Marina" farm in the municipality of Lo-za Aldea's Barrio San Isidro. According to police reports, the alleged slayer killed two goats, bled dry another four and even managed to steal a young kid.
Police colonel Carmelo Correa, who acceded to talk to reporter Tom de Jess Mangual of the EL VOCERO tabloid, stated that the Goatsucker's repeat performance would have taken place around two'o clock in the morning on Monday. When Jess Betato, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who works as the farm's steward, heard what he described as a "flutter of wings" at that time of night, he claims he saw three horses and fifty-eight cows who were in a fenced are "run as if the devil were in pursuit." It was then that the cries of the goats could be heard in the tropical darkness.
Betato headed straight for the goat pens accompanied by his dog. We can imagine his bemusement when the dog -- a Dalmatian -- made a sudden "about face" and broke into a furious run in the opposite direction, tail between its legs. Taking a clue from the animal's behavior, Betato prudently returned to the farmhouse and waited for daybreak before returning to the site.
In the dawn's early light, Betato was faced by the dead and wounded goats, discovering that two of the animals had deep "puncture marks" on the right side of their throats.
"Granja Marina" is the property of Loizan landowner Carlos Ortiz, who requested that the police and related agencies redouble their efforts in finding the ever-elusive culprit. Ortiz knows, perhaps better than most people, what the Chupacabras can do: he lost thirty ducks to the unknown predator back in 1995.
November 17, 1997
The Chupacabras has developed a taste for "the other white meat" -- pork.
According to a report by Police colonel Mariano Aponte, police chief of the Arecibo, P.R. area, thirty four hogs were found dead with strange puncture marks on their necks through which blood was extracted. The pigs were being raised by the inmates of the Sabana Hoyos penal camp, who had planned to eat them for Christmas. The Chupacabras had other plans.
Jesus Rodriguez Rosario, an officer with the Department of Corrections, reported to work at 7:00 a.m. as was his custom and came across the 34 slain animals.
Police reports indicated that the Department of Natural Resources, which had been active during the Chupacabras' original outbreak two years ago, had been called in on the investigation to contribute its expertise.
Perhaps the saddest cut of all --no pun intended-- was that inmates were forced to bury the bloodless carcasses of what would otherwise have become a fine holiday feast. Talk about dashed hopes...
November 24, 1997
News of the Chupacabras's disappearance cast a pall over the moods of small landowners and farmers, who had been looking forward to a peaceful beginning to the holiday season. Rather than sitting back and enjoying the fruits of their labor, it was now time to return to the state of alert which had frayed their nerves two years ago.
One farmer, Roberto Rivera Garcia, told newspapers: "Those of us who believed that the murderer of our animals, the Goatsucker, had disappeared for good and were therefore more at ease, have been fooled -- he only took a protracted vacation." News of the loss a herd of pigs at Arecibo's Sabana Hoyos prison camp spread like wildfire across the island, rekindling the old fears.
Mayor Jos "Chemo" Soto Has a Role in Clint Eastwood's Chupacabras Movie by Mabel M. Figueroa -- Primera Hora
Wednesday, November 19, 1997
IT WILL NO LONGER BE "Live from Hollywood." From now on, it'll be "Live from Canovanas": it turns out that a group of eight investors from the United States, including renowned actor Clint Eastwood, have already purchased 160 acres in the municipality of Canovanas for the construction of a film school.
According to Canovanas mayor Jos "Chemo" Soto, investors were attracted to Puerto Rico by a producer interested in making a movie on the strange "Chupacabras" creature that decimated hundreds of animals a year ago and has returned to the scene only weeks ago.
Soto explained that the film school shall be near a shopping center whose construction is planned on State Highway #3 starting in January. It will be a unique project in the Caribbean, boasting 119 stores and a four-star hotel.
"It's an entire package -- recording, cinematography, moviemaking, the whole works. They already have a model and have submitted the plans for approval. Not only are they bringing the film school, but are also making arrangements to purchase other properties and build some mansions to develop an exclusive area," observed Soto.
How's filming of the Chupacabras movie going?
"It's already underway, and I have a role in the movie."
Are you playing the Chupacabras' co-star?
What role are you playing in the film?
"I'm playing the role of "Chemo," mayor of Canvanas, who became interested in a problem affecting his municipality."
Do you have a script?
"Yes, I already have it. It's in my office (town hall) and its huge."
Do you like being a Hollywood actor?
"I'll tell you. I've been an actor all my life. That area has always been of interest to me and I have the talent for being an actor. It's not that I'm burning to be an actor, either."
Will your role be a prominent one? In other words, will you have a lot of screen time?
"You can currently see a number of documentaries in which I've played a part and you can see how I'm portrayed in a number of occasions."
Does it bother you to be known as "Chemo Jones"?
"No, not at all. Sometimes they'll call me "Chemo Jones", sometimes they'll call me "Chupacabras". It's all in a day's work."
Do you have anything to thank the Chupacabras for?
"Nothing at all."
Not even the celebrity you've gotten in Canovanas and the fact that you are now a Hollywood actor?
"I didn't get this celebrity through the Chupacabras, only because the event happened, thank God (the Chupacabras phenomenon). The Chupacabras exists and I treat the matter seriously from the moment that the creature started killing animals in Canovanas, and it was possible that it might end up killing a person. They said on radio that I was going to build a monument to the Chupacabras, but that's not true. What I did say is that a study should be made to find out what was going on."
Have you ever had nightmares about the Chupacabras?
Have you ever had good dreams about the Chupacabras?
Would you like to meet the Chupacabras?
"That I would like to do. To see it or to be present if we ever manage to capture it."
"Because it's like a mystery."
Is it a dream or goal in your life?
Is it an obsession, perhaps?
"Neither. I'm telling you -- it's like a veil of mystery that fell upon our people. Whatever it is, whether animal or extraterrestrial, it created a such level of hysteria in my town that people took notice, and the panic among the population caused the subject to become part of my mayoral agenda."
Do you care what people think about you regarding this matter?
"The people in my community are clear about it. Those who have suffered the loss of their animals and who have seen the Chupacabras know that it's real."
But aren't you upset by the taunts of others?
"No, that's how it's always going to be. People lack an awareness of the matter; they will always laugh. But if they took it upon themselves to interview those who have suffered, lost animals or seen the Chupacabras, they would be shaken out of their "mental innocence."
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