When one of her sons didn’t show up for work, his employer asked that the police check up on him. The son was living with his mother — 77-year-old Voncile Smith — and what the inspecting officer found at her house was a scene of ghastly murder.
Voncile Smith — and one of her sons John, 47 — were killed by blunt force trauma. Richard, 49 was shot through the ear — probably as he entered the home. After being stabbed repeatedly with a claw hammer, and having each of their throats slit, their bodies were arranged in a seemingly ritualistic manner on the living room floor.
The horrific killings are made all the more confusing because there were absolutely no signs of forced entry into the premises. There was also nothing stolen from the residence. This evidence points toward this murder being a sacrificial killing.
Police believe that the killing served as a tribute to the rare “blue moon” that would occur only days later.
The local sheriff told the press that, without a doubt, something extremely sinister is afoot in this case:
“It’s witchcraft, I’ll say that right now.”
People (and the press) are now are labeling the killer as a “Wiccan”, but many practicing Wiccans have objected to giving him this label, claiming that their faith does not promote ritual killing in any way.
Mainstream Wicca does indeed seem to promote peace through its commands to “minimize harm” and a promise that all actions performed by an individual will come back upon them “three-fold,” in a concept very similar to “karma.” Wicca does, however, have many fringe denominations and sects that may interpret these laws differently.
Those who live near the murder-site say they are more than a little terrified.
“It’s frightening to think about. Especially when you have small children. To find out that it was this weird, satanic cult, witchcraft whatever, is just really unsettling,” neighbor Ken Lester told local news WECT.
Wiccan or not, this guy is still out there. Police have a suspect in this case, but he sill remains at-large. The investigation is ongoing.