Human cruelty to animals today, unfortunately, it has become a fairly common phenomenon, but the cases that have occurred in the last six months in France cannot leave indifferent even people with a stable psyche.
Thus, more than strange crimes are recorded on the territory of the country: unknown attackers attack horses, cutting off their ears, genitals or gouging out their eyes. The website of the TV channel writes about this 360.
The police have more than 100 cases, but so far they have not advanced too far in their investigations.
Now law enforcement officers are concentrating on three main versions. In their opinion, the killing of animals is either part of the ritual, or the result of the actions of competing horse breeders, or the sadistic acts of a not completely healthy person. There is also a version that animal abuse can be provoked by a certain Internet challenge. However, so far none of these versions have received real evidence.
The French edition of Le Parisien reports that similar attacks took place in the 1970s and 1990s in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. Moreover, cases of violence were recorded in different parts of the country, and the handwriting was the same: mutilated organs, in particular, the genitals and udders suffered, often cut off ears or gouged out eyes.
No tire tracks or shoe prints were found around the animal corpses, so they could not solve the mystery of these crimes. Author and investigator Christopher O’Brien, an expert on the paranormal, wrote a book about these murders. According to him, the number of victims of unknown attackers reached several thousand heads.
The FBI was even involved in the investigation of these murders in the United States, but the agents were sure that O’Brien’s version of aliens was untenable, and the real reason was wild animals that gut cattle.
Nevertheless, society was not satisfied with the version of wolves or coyotes leaving cattle with their bellies ripped open, without ears, eyes and genitals. Then the FBI proposed a version of a bloodthirsty cult torturing horses and cows as part of some kind of perverted ritual.
In 2004, dozens of attacks on horses were reported in the north of England. In one of the animals, the internal organs were completely bled, and the stones around the dead body formed five-pointed stars. Other corpses in the country were found without tails or manes, it happened that the hair was woven into unusual and complex “hairstyles.”
All these facts prompted investigators and ordinary residents to think about black magic or sectarian rituals. This version was supported by the fact that attacks often took place during the summer solstice, which is a significant date for many occult religions.
Catching one does not mean stopping everyone
On the night from 24 to 25 August 2020, progress appeared in the case. Horse breeder Nicholas Damezhan discovered intruders in his stalls. Men with knives crippled two ponies and one horse – the animals had deep cuts, damage to the genitals.
Damezhan himself suffered. When he tried to stop the attackers, one of them stuck a cleaver in his shoulder and then disappeared. The man spent several days in the hospital.
Damezhan was able to compile an identikit of the criminal at the request of the police. A portrait of the alleged attacker was shown on local television, and he was soon arrested. It turned out to be a 50-year-old Frenchman, previously convicted in a drug case. But the crimes did not end there, perhaps it was the fact that several of this man’s accomplices left the police.
At the same time, criminals in such cases were caught repeatedly, but acts of violence against animals continued to surface in different parts of Europe and the United States. For example, in the late 90s in Germany, the police caught a man who killed horses in this way, cut off their genitals and even committed acts of sexual abuse of animals. It turned out that the suspect showed an unhealthy interest in children and a propensity for violence.
“Girls love horses very much, so there is a psychological connection with children. Pedophiles thrive on this tenderness shown by children and animals. “ – explained one of the investigators.
It was also strange that some horses remained alive after the violence was committed against them. The breeders said that the criminal had to be well versed in animals and be able to work with them, because the horses themselves are very shy and usually do not allow strangers to approach them.
Earlier, “FACTS” wrote that in some cases, citizens, seeing the powerlessness of the police, themselves deal with the flayers: for example, in the Zaporozhye region, unknown beat a couple who had previously been convicted of abusing animals.