Montana Man Arrested After His Best Selling Jerky Is Found To Be Made Of Human Meat


Butte, MT – 72 year old Cleotis Abernathy has been arrested for selling dehydrated human meat A.K.A. jerky at his general store “Cleotis’ Goods”. Well not all “Cleotis’ Goods” are “Good”.

Abernathy has been running his store for the last 35 years and over time there became a cult following for his distinctive jerky. Most everyone who had the opportunity to visit Butte, would get a some of Cleotis’ jerky.

It just so happened that an executive from Jack Links was staying in Butte for a family event. He decided to purchase so of Cleotis’ jerky and take it back to work and see if anyone there could see what it is that made Cleotis’ jerky so special.

When the jerky made its way back to the Jack Links factory, it was given to the in house scientists to run tests on in hopes of deciphering what ingredients Abernathy was using for his jerky. What they didn’t expect was that the meat wasn’t that of a cow, but of a HUMAN! Tests were ran by an independent lab to verify the results by Jack Links. Again Human meat.

Skipper, the K-9, was really all in on this investigation providing important leads and clues with his sniffer. Authorities were stunned as many of them had enjoyed Cleotis’ Jerky.

Local authorities arrested Abernathy on suspicion of using human meat for his jerky that he sold to the public and police needed to find the supply of this meat.

Turns out about once a year in the summer, Cleotis’ hires a new helper for his store. “Summer is a busy time and I can use the extra help for a few months”, said Abernathy. What he neglected to say, but was later found out by authorities, that 3 of these men have been reported missing.

It doesn’t take much for the Butte authorities to put 2 and 2 together and place Cleotis’ Abernathy under arrest for making and selling the human meat. While locked up authorities hope to connect the missing men via DNA extracted from the jerky to known samples of the missing men.

As more is revealed, we will update this story.


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