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The life of a UFO investigator from Southern Colorado will be the subject of a new Hollywood thriller. The book and movie deal will feature former El Paso County Reserve Sheriff's Deputy Chuck Zukowski. He's researched dozens of animal mutilation cases, many of them right here in Colorado, and posted his findings in his blog ufonut.com.

"Since 1967 we've had over 10,000 cases across the US and out of all the cases that were investigated by law enforcement, no one's ever been caught," Zukowski said. 

Several of the animals he encounters don't appear to have died naturally. There are incisions in the bodies that appear cleanly cut rather than the rips and tears expected from wildlife attacks. Some carcasses are devoid of blood and most cases lack the presence of scuff marks on the ground suggesting a fight or tire tracks and footprints suggesting human activity. 

In 2011, Zukowski plotted out the locations of known animal mutilations on a map and compared his data with UFO sightings and saw a trend emerge.

"I started seeing this pattern across the US that there's these events, paranormal events, happening and so it's almost as if there's a paranormal highway," Zukowski said.

Large clusters of the cases appear to run along the 37th degree north latitude. It was a stunning enough find that Zukowski was featured in an episode of the Science Channel's Unexplained Files last summer. Now, even bigger things are in store.

"There have been thousands, thousands of cattle mutilations that have never been explained, nobody's ever been arrested for, that nobody knows why or how this is going on and Chuck is the expert on this," said best selling author Ben Mezrich

His previous work includes titles such as Bringing Down the House about MIT students who beat the Vegas casinos and Accidental Billionaires, the literary counterpart to the movie Social Media.

"I'm always intrigued by that, really smart people who do something really unusual or who break ground or go into that gray area," he said. 

There's more to the story than just a map of animal mutilations. In fact, Ben and Chuck hinted at a conspiracy involving a mutuality-billion dollar corporation, but they don't couldn't elaborate further. 

"I don't want to go into it too much here yet because it might make it more difficult to write the book, but there's definitely some over-arching conspiracy that needs to be explained," Mezrich said.

As for Chuck, he's a bit surprised by the all the attention.

"I stay up late at night thinking about that, you know I'm always thinking, God what have I really done that's that exciting."

The book is expected to be released sometime next year. Mezrich is working with Flynn Picture Company, the producers of San Andreas, for the film adaptation.

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