Alberta, JOURNAL, 17 July 1992, pages A1 & A2
cows found south of city
Farmers suspect cult
Journal Staff Writer
heifer has been found dead and mutilated on a family farm
in what is apparently the latest in a string of ritualistic
killings south of the city.
September, seven heifers - each worth about $600
- have been killed and six have had their sex organs removed.
their blood has been drained.
surgical neatness of the wounds and the tidy site around
the cadavers has sparked speculation that the killings are
the work of devil worshippers. Some claim extraterrestrials
are at work.
easier to imagine that it's a cult operating or dumb Druids,"
a frightened Doris Verchomin said in an interview Thursday.
some people think it might be UFOs. We are so secluded here
and it was so peaceful for so many years, and all of a sudden
we have one thing after another. We are so scared and overwhelmed.
We can't sleep."
April, six female animals have been found dead within a
day or two of the full moon - five were mutilated and missing
are investigating the bizarre midnight incidents on the
Verchomin beef farm, about five km southeast of Edmonton
Gerald Kazimirowich said Thursday he couldn't comment on
the deaths until a veterinarian had examined the most recent
latest carcass was found Wednesday morning.
300-kg heifer lay on its right side on a grassy knoll, a
30-cm incision in its neck, a teat neatly sliced off and
sex organs removed.
ground, still spongy from the recent rain, bore no signs
of struggle, no footprints and no gore.
heard a lot of commotion between 1:30 and 2 a.m.,"
Verchomin explained. "My husband was asleep and I was
too afraid to go outside. I thought of calling the RCMP
but they have just tried to downplay things."
not a coyote, it's not a pack of crazy dogs, someone's done
it with a knife." - Farmer Reinhold Trelenberg
believes the cow was still standing when the culprits began
cutting at its rump.
cuts were definitely not done by an animal," Verchomin
said. "(The culprits) usually take an ear, an eye and
the tail - just a bloody stump is all that's usually left."
said her husband was so upset he had talked of selling the
farm his family has worked for 40 years.
a break from haying Thursday afternoon, Roman Verchomin
shook his head over the mutilations.
coyotes go for the rear end first and the udder," he
thousands of these (incidents) reported (across North America)
and the problem is that they never catch these guys. Whether
it's human or not? I suppose it is human. But there has
to be more than one person involved. It's a cult or something."
September, on neighbor Reinhold Trelenberg's farm, a heifer
was found drained of blood and missing its tail, teats and
law-enforcement people are not doing their job," Trelenberg
think it's a cult. Last night was a full moon and it's always
on a full moon. They should be out there at night to catch
these people. They don't fly in. I don't believe like some
of the others that it's UFOs.
I don't care what anyone says - if the throat is cut, there
is no animal that will do that. It's not a coyote, it's
not a pack of crazy dogs, someone's done it with a knife
. . . And there isn't a teaspoon of blood anywhere."
killings on the Verchomins' farm started in April when the
family milk cow was slaughtered.
found its remains behind a barn on April 14 - its rectum
and uterus were missing and its throat was slit.
were five large crosses constructed of two-metre-long branches
months later, on June 14, a 115-kg heifer was found. Its
sex organs had been removed, it had been eviscerated and
its organs taken.
skin was missing, too, and you could see scalloped cutting
marks," Verchomin said.
June 21, the summer solstice, another 115-kg female calf
was killed, but its mother apparently chased off the killers
before the calf could be mutilated and the mother stood
over the remains until the following day.
would-be butchers picked another calf. Its decomposing remains
were found three days later, the skin completely removed
from its head.
calf had also been eviscerated and its organs carried away.
June 28, a 320-kg heifer was found missing its sex organs,
an ear, an eye and its udder.
Verchomins say a veterinarian who examined the previous
remains said it was impossible to prove the animals were
not killed by predators.
crummy little coyotes are supposed to kill those two-year-olds,"
Doris Verchomin said incredulously.
don't - unless they've started to dine with a knife and
said she was unhappy with the response by police to the
earlier mutilations and was worried that no one was giving
credence to her family's fears.
told us to keep quiet before," Verchomin said.