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Police release suspect in Alsace
French police have released a suspect detained during an investigation into a series of mystery horse mutilations across the country in recent months.The 50-year-old had earlier been arrested at his home in Alsace. He was detained after a sketch was issued of the man wanted for an attack in Yonne, north-west of Dijon, late last month.
Dozens of horses have been killed or maimed this year. The latest attack occurred south of Dijon on Sunday. The owner called police at around 02:00 local time (01:00 BST) after seeing lamp lights in his meadow. There were no serious injuries inflicted but in previous incidents animals have been left with their ears and genitals cut off.
Police do not know why the horses are being targeted. They also do not know whether it is the work of one person or if initial attacks have inspired copycat killings. Read full story »
There have been more than 30 recorded attacks on horses of this nature across the whole of France this year.
‘Witchcraft panic’ grips France as police link horse mutilations to ‘satanic cult rituals’
THE EXPRESS UK
by Oli Smith | Sat. Sept. 5th
A string of horse mutiliations have sparked a nationwide ‘witchcraft panic’ in France, as police struggle to pin down a motive for the killings. More than 30 horses across France have now been injured or killed in the disturbing spate of attacks, the motives of which are still a mystery. One of the strongest possibilities is a potential link to satanic or witchcraft rituals, according to experts.
In the macabre horse killings, ears have been sliced off, eyes removed, genitals cut, sides slashed and blood drained.
The strange mutilations, where no meat is ever taken from the carcasses, triggered a fear that the removed body parts were being used for “ritual purposes”. A small wooden sculpture believed to be a “voodoo doll” was found at the site of one of the attacks in August.
Police are still open to other possibilities of motive, including a viral internet challenge, a group of “horse haters”, or even a series of copycat attacks.
A police spokeswoman in Paris said: “We do not understand the motivation. “Is it a satanic rite, insurance fraud, some macabre trophy hunt or an internet challenge? We don’t know. It is very traumatising.”
Religious historian Jacky Cordonnier explained the thinking behind the mutiliations: “We sacrifice the animal thinking the energy of the animal and its power will be transferred to us. They recover blood, the ear, the eye, it’s a ritual of invocation, of bewitchment. It is always the right ear because the left ear is satan.”
This helps us see how it is happening all across France.
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