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Washington / Horse Killings #88202

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 17, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Spanaway, WA) Search for suspect(s) responsible for maiming and murdering horses here examined; background to situation reviewed. Films shown. [Helen FOSTER - notes horse owners' fear.] [Verna SPARKS - recalls impact of losing horse in sex mutilation attack.] Sparks' role in nationwide hotline tracking similar attacks and 24-hr. armed guard of own horses noted. [Sam SPARKS - will kill any attackers.] [Verna SPARKS - believe satanic cult is responsible.] [Sheriff Raymond FJETLAND - notes impact of fear on community; doesn't believe original mutilator is still active, but rather that legacy of fear has taken over.] [Dr. William BRISKEY - describes vigilante groups; fears someone innocent being harmed.]

Jennings, Peter;
Rose, Judd

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