- In spite of senator Carlos Cantero's distaste for the
fact that the Investigative Police still have not prepared a report on
the massive and controversial animal deaths which took place last year
in Calama, he is very satisfied by the details provided by Carabineros
in regard to the case.
- Since he began to inquire about these particulars, the
parlamentarian states that he has been the target of scorn for some people,
and that one of his greatest concerns is that the subject receive a proper
treatment in the media, particularly, he believes, "because not
has the guts to risk being trampled underfoot when requesting official
agencies hand over what they know about such a complex
- Together with the detailed report from Carabineros,
Segovia, governor of El Loa province, made a document with the conclusions
reached by the Health Services available to the senator. And although both
official documents--to the disappointment of UFO researchers--agree on
ascribing the animal deaths to wild dogs and not to the Chupacabras,
of the two agencies supplies information that was not made available by
the press, nor do they furnish the result of the investgative work
except for the autopsy reports on three pigs slain by a puncturing
- Are you aware, Senator, that the vaunted theory involving
dogs did not satisfy a considerable sector of the El Loa community, and
that it probably won't now, either?
- CC: I'm aware that due to its spectacular nature and
mystery, this case has given rise to much controversy, doubt and debate,
but I must abide by the reports I requested, which conclude that animals
[were responsible], in this case, feral dogs from the garbage dump.
- I'm assuming that these reports were drafted by highly
qualified individuals--experts who engaged in a serious and responsible
taks. As a consequence of that, I must be a party to this, and consider
myself fully satisfied by the explanation provided.
- Interviewer: Does the fact that official institutions
have provided an explanation mean that said explanation is the
- CC: It's the agency's truth and the conclusion of its
experts. Thre may be other interpretations, and I respect any other
but I'm interested in learning about the expert reports, which were
- Interviewer: Carabineros [Chilean state police] is an
agency which specializes in the prevention and timely detection of crime,
as opposed to Investigations, which is an agency responsible for going
beyond what is both evident and immediate in order to secure solid proof
on a given situation. What are you hoping [to learn] from the civillian
police's report? A repetition of known facts, such as the ones hitherto
made known to the public, or the results and conclusions of scientific
tests applied by the Crime Lab to the evidence forwarded from Santiago,
such as hair samples, prints, and claw marks on victims?
- CC: As a matter of fact, the report of the Investigations
Police is missing here, because the one that I received cannont be
as acceptable. I think that the police has an outstanding duty to take
care of. The agency says "no new claims have been presented"
and this does not answer my question, which was: "give me a report
on your research related to animal deaths."
- There is a large number of situations, and as has been
explained, in many of these cases there was simply no blood [found on the
animals]. If the dogs to which they are referring ate the blood, I can't
- I hope that detectives will report the cases, the type
of investigation conducted and their conclusions. I have no preconceived
notions nor am I open or closed to hypotheses. What I'm interested in
out is that if scientists on the State payroll came to perform a study,
that report should be produced, delivered to the pertinent parties and
hopefully made known to the public to avoid sensationalistic claims, public
spectacle and this senseless mystery. In the measure that information is
circulated, the public will be able to reach its own conclusions. Let's
not be afraid of ridicule.
- Interviewer: Could the phenomenon have cause some sort
of collective psychosis or similar?
- CC: It could have multiple explanations: it could be
a collective psychosis, or perhaps abnormal things could in fact exist.
There could be many things [at play], but I have no proof of this.
- Interviewer: Is it probable that official agencies might
conceal information under certain circumstances?
- CC: It is perfectly possible. I have no reason for saying
that information's been concealed from me, but it's possible. It hasn't
occured just once, but many times, all over the world.
- People feel a bit afraid of ridicule regarding this
I've realized that some people take it extremely seriously, seeing no less
than the presence of extraterrestrials in all of this, while others
it supreme tomfoolery.
- I'm motivated by two things: I want to read responsible
expert reports that are both serious and scientific-minded, and the scope
of the problem and its victims, because there were people who lost a great
deal of the capital on which they live for an entire year. We shall see
if it is possible to remedy the losses suffered by these people, in
- Translation (C) 2001
- Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology
- Special Thanks to Gloria Coluchi
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