Then, in 2001, I began to hear of a large number of mutilation murders taking place in northern New Jersey -- in fact, within about forty miles of my old cabin. These were absolutely terrifying stories, to say the least. At first, I thought they must be a hoax, but subsequently was forced to place them in the realm of the unknown.
These stories involved the remains of street people being found mutilated like cattle, on the roofs of buildings. Worse, they had been drowned by being taken to such a depth in the ocean that their lungs showed pressure damage.
So these street people were being taken, having their genitals and tongues and eyes and lips cut off, then being plunged into the sea a hundred miles away and drowned, then dropped back on the roofs of buildings.
At first, it appeared that I had a direct line to the coroner involved. Then that collapsed, and I was left unsure about what had happened. I could not believe that the murders were done by some sort of serial killer, because how could a serial killer mutilate people, then drown them by taking them down in the ocean, then bring them back and put them on roofs? It just struck me as impossible.
Careful readers will notice additional detail that could, in theory, be corroborated. Unfortunately, Strieber doesn't treat us to any particulars.