The June Fortean Times (issue 302) has a very strong piece of de-bunking about animal mutilations in the United States.
This phenomena appears to have begun in 1967 and to have petered out by 1980, with some 'researchers' blaming UFOs and extra terrestrials for perceived attacks on cattle and horses on the American prairies. The whole issue appears to have been put to bed by an investigation by Kevin Rommel for the State of New Mexico, but here at 9/11 Cultwatch we noted with interest the references to 'mutologists' - those who believed in an alien explanation for cattle mutilations.
The mutologists eventually earned their own study, a book called Mute Evidence by Daniel Kagan and Ian Summers (Bantam, 1984). Fortean Times reproduce this description of mutologists from p.175 of that book:
"The whole thing was ......a closed system, self-referential, solipsistic, which allowed no fresh information to enter unless it was properly polarized to support the prevailing attitude of mystery, conspiracy, weirdness and/or UFOs and space aliens".
And that, to a tee, could be used to describe 9/11 truthers a generation later.