Urban Legend

It seems to me that there is always something bizarre going on in the little town of Elsberry, in the Northeast corner of Lincoln County, MO. So to Elsberry we have gone again. This time it is April of 1978 and there have been some strange things going on in the sky and some butcher has been cutting up the cows in this little town. People have even been going as far as to pull out their lawn chairs and six packs while they sit around all night hoping to see a UFO.

Rumors around the town were of people having seen bright lights that would whirl around the sky and then zip from the East to the West and then back from the West to the East again. But that wasn’t all. Farmers on four different farms claimed that they had cattle that were mutilated.

On April 1st of 1978 five head of cattle were found mutilated, one of the cows were from the farm of Forrest Gladney. That poor cow was missing its right eye, right ear and its udders. Other cows were missing their male and female organs, rectal tissue, internal organs and various other body parts. It looked almost as if the parts had been removed with surgical instruments. And even though the cattle had been cut up there was almost no blood at the scenes. Even stranger still was that the buzzards and even the flies wanted nothing to do with the corpses.

People from all over came out to quiet little Elsberry hoping to get a glimpse of the lights. On June 21st of that same year some reporters from the St. Louis Post Dispatch came to town, and they published the most incredible story about the happenings. Next thing Channel two from St. Louis had sent reporters out as well! Everyone just wanted to get a picture or some film footage of the lights.

A local woman told the news that she had seen a glowing childlike figure running across one of the fields shortly before the mutilated cows had been found. Many people wondered if someone wasn’t smoking what they were growing, but all joking aside, this was serious and the locals were scared.

I wondered about this story, so I took to the internet and scoured the FBI’s files on mutilated cattle cases. There were literally thousands of cases across the mid-west throughout the 1970’s and even since then! The reports from other areas were practically identical to the ones from Elsberry. The FBI claims to still be investigating these cases. But they are not easy to investigate yourself, things I encountered made it clear that the government was involved and knows exactly who or what is responsible and why they would do such a thing! It seems to be just another government cover-up.

Micah 7:5-6

Do not trust in a friend; Do not put your confidence in a companion; Guard the doors of your mouth From her who lies in your bosom. For son dishonors father, Daughter rises against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household. 

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