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BBC News 11th January 2012

Stithians, Cornwall


A link between the death of a mutilated horse in Cornwall and a Satanic ritual is being investigated by police.

The two-year-old stallion called Erik was found in a field in Stithians on Monday with horrific injuries to its head and body.

The savage nature of the attack has prompted speculation it may have been a ritualistic killing.

"Obviously that is one line we're going to pursue - but it isn't the only line," Insp Chris Strickland said.

The officer from Devon and Cornwall Police said he was aware of discussions on internet forums about the horse's injuries and said the "horrible" death was being treated extremely seriously.

"But if you have a one-off incident in a remote area it becomes very difficult for us, but that doesn't mean it isn't a priority," he added.

Initial post-mortem tests were carried out by a vet at the scene and a full forensic examination will be conducted later.

A Devon horse lover has offered a £2,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the attacker.

Graham Rickard said: "It's a poor defenceless animal and it's a sick crime. I hope they get caught."

The horse was attacked between 16:00 GMT on Sunday and midday on Monday.

Erik's owner Dawn Jewell, who had raised him from a foal, said she had lost "her baby", a Friesian horse she had been wanting since she was a child.

Animal lovers, including the BBC horseracing presenter Clare Balding, have been making their feelings of horror known in large numbers via Twitter.

Maureen Rolls, of South West Equine Protection, said it was the worst case of horse mutilation she had seen in 30 years.

"It's appalling. We have had cases of cutting the hair on manes and tails, but this is beyond that.

"I can't understand how anyone could do this.

"Killing an animal is one thing, but to go through all that is beyond belief."

Dawn's mother Vivien Allaway said that the family had been buoyed by support in hundreds of emails.

"All horsey people are coming together," she said.

"All of Dawn's hopes and dreams were tied up in that horse and they have been dashed."

Det Insp Tony Blatchford said it was one of the worst incidents of cruelty to a horse he had dealt with and he warned all horse owners in rural areas of the county to be vigilant.

He said: "This is a particularly sickening crime.

"Detectives are following lines of inquiry to try to identify the offender and I'd ask all horse and livestock owners to be particularly vigilant and report anything suspicious to police."

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed they are investigating an attack on a pony in Carmarthenshire on 5 January which saw the animal suffer similar injuries to Erik.

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Re: Satanic link to Cornwall horse mutilation investigated

"Satanic" links have been investigated in various cases of animal mutilation.
However it's well known practicioners of various forms of ritual magic tend to prefer small animals, especially chicken: they can be procured cheaply (and legally), can be killed quickly and without making a mess and the bodies are easily disposed of.
Animal mutilation (which is sadly very real) is usually carried out by vandals with no other excuse than their own brutality and often a few pints too many.

Various Satanist leaders (including the famous Anton LaVey) always recommended their followers to "treat animals well" but "weekend Satanists" don't play by the rules and by their "lone wolf" nature they tend to have no fixed rules like the ones outlined by the Church of Satan (which always recommends followers to be "law abiding to a fault").


"Louhi spoke in riddled tones of three things to achieve: find and catch the Devil's Moose and bring it here to me. Seize the Stallion born of Fire, harness the Golden Horse. He captured and bound the Moose, he tamed the Golden Horse. Still there remained one final task: hunt for the Bird from the Stream of Death"

-Kalevala, Rune XIII-

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Re: Satanic link to Cornwall horse mutilation investigated

Obviously without seeing the damage done to the poor animal it is hard to say (not that I know anything about Satanic sacrificial practices) but I doubt it probably is true occultists.  It will be interesting to see how the case develops and I hope they catch the b*****ds.



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