The “Blue Moon Killings” has a ritualistic killing component, according to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. The Florida triple murder of a woman and her two sons occurred during the blue moon near Pensacola on July 31 — the bodies were not found until three days later. Voncile Smith, 77, Richard Smith, 49, and John Smith, 47, were a reclusive family, according to neighbors.
Cult and witchcraft concerns surfaced after details about the blue moon killings hit the internet. The Florida triple murder might have been part of a “witchcraft practice,” conducted to coincide with the time when a second full moon occurred during a single month, a Reuters report states.
“It’s witchcraft. I’ll say that right now,” Sheriff Morgan during a Wednesday press conference. “There are different factions of that. While it doesn’t bother me to release their being, most assuredly, you do not want to want to defame or demean any particular practices.”
The Florida sheriff told the media that a “person of interest” in the blue moon killings is believed to have known the Smith family. Police investigators also stated that there were no signs of forced entry in the Pensacola area home, and a safe containing a “substantial amount of cash” went untouched. A third Smith son was reportedly being interviewed by local law enforcement officers.
Richard Smith was a Department of Homeland Security employee. He reportedly worked out of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) do not think the blue moon killings involve any “national security elements,” according to the local sheriff.
“Initial research has led us to believe it was a ritualistic killing,” The Escambia County Sheriff noted. “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.”
During a canvas of the neighborhood after the ritualistic killings in Florida, the deputies were told by neighbors that that Voncile Smith and her two adult sons kept to themselves and were rarely ever seen outside the home.
“The elements of this case are odd, at best,” Sheriff Morgan said. “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.”
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