Fact Check: Is There Really A Killer Satanic Wiccan Blue Moon Cult In Florida?
– Pensacola police allege that three murder victims found in a house last Friday were killed as part of a Satanic or Wiccan ritual related to the “blue moon” that took place that day.
– A neighbor referred to the killings as part of a “weird, satanic cult, witchcraft whatever”.
– Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan cited the nature of the wounds the victims suffered and the positions their bodies were found in as evidence that the murders were performed by somebody who practices “witchcraft”. Also cited as evidence of this theory was the identity of a “person of interest” who has “a faith or religion that is indicative of that”. “It’s witchcraft, I’ll say that right now,” said Morgan.
– Escambia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Andrew Hobbes told reporters that, “It appears that this might be connected to some type of Wiccan ritual killing and possibly tied to the blue moon,”.
– Keyan Milanian of the Daily Star writes that, “The three are thought to have been the victims of satanists like those in film The Wicker Man”.
– Voncile Smith, aged 77, and her sons Richard Smith and John Smith were found dead on Friday – the day of the blue moon.
– All of the victims had their throats cut and had been attacked with a claw hammer. One victim suffered a gunshot wound in the head as well.
– A blue moon is nothing more than the second of two full moons taking place within a single month. A blue moon isn’t bigger, or brighter, or a different color, or in any other way different from a regular full moon.
– The Domestic Witch lists eight different blue moon rituals for Pagans and Wiccans, and though one of them does involve 13 safety pins, not one of them involves killing anything.
– The Pagan Springwolf describes a blue moon ritual that involves a bubble bath, but contains no throat-slitting, attacks with hammers, gunshots, or any other form of violence whatsoever.
– There is no record of any Pagan, Wiccan, Satanic, or other ritual performed during blue moons that involves killing people.
– The condition of the bodies and one victim’s absence from work leads police to believe that the victims were killed on Tuesday last week, not on Friday.
– There have been many instances of people being murdered by having their throats cut, being bludgeoned with hammers, or being shot in the head, completely outside of any ritual context. For example, this March, a man in Wisconsin killed a woman by hitting her in the head with a hammer and then cutting her throat. The murderer was neither a Wiccan nor taking part in a ritual.
– The Wicker Man is a fictional horror movie based upon a fictional novel, in which practitioners of a pre-Christian Celtic religion, not practitioners of Satanism, burn a man alive inside a gigantic wooden statue. No one in the Wicker Man was attacked with a hammer or was shot in the head with a gun.