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Cops Say “Ritualistic” Triple Murder May Be Tied to Blue Moon, Witches

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Police believe that the Florida murders of Voncile Smith, 77, and her two adult sons may have been “ritualistic killings” that were connected to last week’s blue moon, an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said. The Smiths were found dead in their Pensacola home on Friday.

According to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, all three victims were bludgeoned with a claw hammer and had their throats slit. Richard Smith, 49, had also been shot in the ear as he entered the family home, sheriff’s office spokesman Andrew Hobbes told NBC news. Officials believe the Smiths were killed sometime after 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The “ritualistic” element isn’t totally clear. Morgan told reporters that there was no evidence that a robbery had taken place, and when asked what led police to believe the killings were ritualistic, he said “The method of the murder — blunt force trauma, slit throats, positioning of bodies — and our person of interest has some ties to a faith or religion that is indicative of that. The time of the death on Tuesday also coincides with what’s referred to as a blue moon, which occurs every three years.”


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