Florida Triple Homicide May Be Linked To Witchcraft, Says Police
A triple homicide in Florida may be connected to witchcraft, police say.
The three victims – identified as Voncile Smith, 77, Richard Thomas Smith, 49, and John William Smith, 47 – belonged to the same family. Their bodies were found on Friday, July 31, at 9:30 a.m. in their home in Pensacola on the Florida Panhandle.
‘Witchcraft Ritual Killing’ Related to ‘Blue’ Moon
Police suspect the murder was “Wiccan ritual killing” and that it was related to the “blue” moon.
“Blue” moon refers to the appearance of two full moons in a calendar month.
“It appears that this might be connected to some type of Wiccan ritual killing and possibly tied to the blue moon,” Escambia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Andrew Hobbes said, as reported by NBC News.
The deceased were beaten with a claw hammer and had their throats slit. Richard, who worked for the Department of Homeland Security, was shot in the head and had his throat slit, according to WKRG-TV. Voncile and John had their throats slit and died of blunt force trauma.
“The elements of this case are odd, at best,” Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan told a news conference.
“We have a very reclusive family. Obviously we’ve canvassed the neighborhood, spoken to people who’ve lived there for years and years. Neighbors have related to us that they’ve never met members of this family,” he said.
Person Of Interest Questioned
A person who practices a religion connected with witchcraft has been interviewed by the police. However, the police have not released the name of the person.
Morgan added that the weapon used, slit throats and position of the murdered bodies caused the police to believe the killings were related to witchcraft.
“It’s witchcraft, I’ll say that right now,” Morgan said. “You know, there are different factions of that. While it doesn’t bother me to release that particular thing, we most assuredly do not want to defame or demean any particular practice, if you will.”
The investigation of the killings is ongoing.
“It’s frightening to think about. Especially when you have small children,” neighbor Ken Lester said, according to affiliate WECT. “To find out that it was this weird, satanic cult, witchcraft whatever, is just really unsettling.
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