Killers on the Moor by Mike Freebury

Killers on the Moor by Mike Freebury

Dartmoor National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty located in the South-West of England. It is known for its wild, open moorland and expansive terrain—populated mainly by wild ponies, rugged sheep and the occasional old farmstead.

Dartmoors’s quaint trickling streams and delightful tors are an attraction to walkers and ramblers from all over the world who come to enjoy one of the few truly remote areas of the United Kingdom.

However, as beautiful as the locality is during the day, by nightfall, the area becomes a quite different place altogether with its inexplicable comings and goings—lights and sounds, fleeting figures and strange aerial phenomenon.

In Killers on the Moor, Animal Mutilation expert Mike Freebury reveals his own personal experiences in trying to capture, record and explain these disturbing events.Through his work, Mike Freebury has attempted to bring a recognition of this phenomenon to the attention of a slumbering British establishment and to convince them that the spate of violent and inexplicable animal mutilations in once specific area of Dartmoor may hold the key to a much more bizarre and frightening phenomenon that has been afflicting the world since the 1970s.

Mike Freebury is one of the UK’s primary animal mutilation experts. His initial interest in the subject began back in 2000 after hearing about the strange case of the death of fifteen ponies close to the small town of Tavistock in Devon, United Kingdom on Easter Monday 1977.

Their bodies had been mutilated and dissected in similar ways to those found in dead cattle in the United States for several decades.

This sleepy backwater of Dartmoor was then again shocked by a sequence of terrifying sheep attacks and deaths that took place in 2005.

By this time, Mike was sufficiently embroiled in the subject as to be able to monitor the chilling events at first hand.

Killers on the Moor is Mike’s personal account of the steps he and fellow researcher Dave Gillham from the Cornwall UFO Research Group took in all-night stake-outs to try and catch the perpetrators of these crimes.

The book details their work in trying to ascertain the cause of these deaths but, as a consequence of their dogged persistence and logical tenacity, it soon became evident that these deaths with their characteristic stripped skin and surgeon-like incisions were not the work of sick Satanists, feral big cats, lightning-strikes or other natural phenomenon as the media and local authorities suggested.

As their researches developed, they were increasingly drawn into a strange twilight world of paranormal events.

Just a couple of years into their investigations, they were challenged to deal with the growing impact of of UFOs, cryptozoology, police secrecy, establishment surveillance and more upon their work.

They suffered great physical privations as well as a great deal of personal expense with their nightly observances, traveling costs and obtaining veterinary reports on the increasing numbers of dead animals. The two of them worked, mainly unaided, in close contact with distraught farmers and other animal mutilations experts from around the world to try and get to the heart of the matter.

Sadly, any firm evidence eluded them but, slowly, they began to formulate a firm conviction that the cause of the very phenomenon they were tracking involved advanced technology—and possibly from a source exterior to our planet.


Killers on the Moor begins with a look at the history of animal mutilations from around the world before moving on to highlight details of the 1977 case of mutilated ponies on Dartmoor.

The book covers a wide range of related paranormal subjects. Animal circles, black helicopters, orbs, astral entities and unidentified lights.

For me, Killers on the Moor was a personal odyssey and one that I enjoyed immensely. It forms a remarkable insight into a heart-wrenching subject and holds no bars in presenting the facts—as unpalatable as they are.

This is not a book for the faint-hearted. It enters territory that few other researchers are prepared to tread. The book’s supporting photographs are also graphic—but equally as essential.

It is to Mike and Dave’s immense credit that they were prepared to investigate the goings on around Dartmoor at such great expense and personal sacrifice.

In doing so, they have sought to lift the veil of secrecy that they uncovered regarding animal mutilations deep within the UK establishment and to present an argument that supports the theory, as outlandish as it might appear, that these deaths might be at the unseen hands of other-worldly denizens.

Killers on the Moor is a spell-binding, roller-coaster of a book that holds its reader’s attention and carries you into some very uncharted waters. It documents a very troubling phenomenon and reveals a level to the UFO and alien debate that very few other researchers are prepared to follow.

Killers on the Moor is totally gripping. I was drawn to read it over just two very long, late-night sittings—I can give it no higher accolade than that!