PENSACOLA, 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.
Morgan says the positioning of the bodies and the method of the killings – blunt force trauma and slit throats – led investigators to believe it was “ritualistic.”
The bodies were discovered Friday in their house near Pensacola.
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.