‘Ritualistic’ hammer killings may be tied to blue moon, sheriff says

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ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. — Investigators in the Florida Panhandle are looking into the deaths of a woman and her two adult sons as a ritualistic killing that could be connected to the recent blue moon.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says they’ve identified a person of interest in the July 28 deaths of 77-year-old Voncile Smith, 49-year-old Richard Smith and 47-year-old John Smith.

According to WALA, officials say the person of interest is a man “with ties to witchcraft.”

Morgan says the positioning of the bodies and the method of the killings — slit throats and beaten with a claw hammer — led investigators to believe it was “ritualistic.”

The bodies were discovered Friday in their Pensacola-area home.

The blue moon is a rare occurrence of a second full moon in a month. It occurred on July 31, three days after the victims were killed. But the sheriff didn’t explain the discrepancy.

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