An elderly mother and her two sons found dead in their Pensacola, Fl., home are said to have been the victims of a ritualistic murder linked to last week's blue moon, reports the Pensacola News Journal. Voncile Smith, 77, John William Smith, 49, and Richard Thomas Smith, 47, were found on Friday with their throats slit and heads beaten with a hammer. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said investigators have interviewed a person of interest in the case who is known to practice witchcraft, the sheriff said. The positioning of the victims' bodies led investigators to suspect a ritual killing, Morgan said.
There were no signs of forced entry at the victims' home. Morgan said the person of interest was known to the family. He said investigators ruled out robbery as a potential motive after finding a safe containing “a substantial amount of cash” left at the house. Morgan said the victims are believed to have been killed sometime after 7 p.m. July 28. He described the Smiths as reclusive.