Triple Murder May Have Been Related To Witchcraft

August 5, 2015

The murders of three people on Deerfield Drive last week were ritualistic and may have been related to witchcraft, according to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

“Initial research had led us to believe that there is potential it was a ritualistic killing,” Morgan said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The bodies of 77-year old Voncile Smith and her sons, 49-year old Department of Homeland Security employee Richard Thomas Smith and 47-year old Walmart employee John William Smith were discovered inside her home on Deerfield Drive last Friday morning about 9:30 when deputies responded for a welfare check. The medical examiner believes they were actually killed on Tuesday, July 28.

All three were beaten with a claw hammer and their throats slit, Morgan said, and Richard Thomas was also shot in the head. Their bodies were positioned in a ritualistic fashion.

“The method of the murder — blunt force trauma, slit throats, positions of the bodies — and then our person of interest has some ties to a faith and/or religion that is indicative of that,” Morgan said. “The time of death we believe on Tuesday also coincides with what’s referred to as a blue moon, which occurs every three years.”

A blue moon is defined as the second full moon within a calendar month. Last month, a full moon occurred on July 2 and a second, or blue moon, occurred on July 31.

The investigation revealed that there were no signs of forced entry. Robbery did not appear to be a motive; a home safe containing cash was not touched.

Morgan said Escambia County Sheriff’s investigators have spoken with a person of interest, described as a white male tied to an alternative religion that practices  witchcraft.

“It’s witchcraft, I’ll say that right now,” the sheriff stated. “There are different factions of that…we most assuredly do not want to defame or demean any practice.”

The investigation into the triple murder is continuing by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Pictured: Three people were found dead inside a home Deerfield Drive Friday by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office as they responded for a welfare check. Photos for, click to enlarge.


70 Responses to “Triple Murder May Have Been Related To Witchcraft”

  1. Kathy on August 9th, 2015 2:57 pm

    Whether this was witchcraft or not it was a very brutal and evil crime.

  2. David Huie Green on August 9th, 2015 1:46 am

    “Wicca has no death rituals. It’s main credo is “An’ it do no harm, do as ye will.” Main words: “DO NO HARM.” This article does not specify Wicca, but others do.
    Further, those other articles refer to Wicca as “devil worship.” Nothing could be further from the truth”
    In the interest of truth, let us remember Wicca doesn’t have a copyright or trademark exclusivity to terms like “witch”. “Wicca has no central authority. Its traditional core beliefs, principles and practices were originally outlined in the 1940s and 1950s” per my buddy, Wiki, who should know.

    The term “witch” goes back much further.

    David for truth

  3. Court on August 8th, 2015 1:48 am

    If the blue moon occurred on July 31st , and the examiner believes the actual day they died was on July 28th , how did that coincide with the blue moon ? They died three days before the blue moon even happened ?

  4. billy on August 6th, 2015 8:49 pm

    Amen David …..Sheriff Morgan is doing his job

  5. David Huie Green on August 6th, 2015 12:23 pm

    “Agree, why would ANY prudent LEO discuss anything about an ongoing investigation.”

    Perhaps because the killers are free to kill again and he has the duty to protect us.

    David for fair warning

  6. Suzie B on August 6th, 2015 10:22 am

    To JJ – and – Retired LEO: Thank you for your experienced insight. I, too, am concerned about the upcoming election and with the choices, I think someone new is needed. McNesby and Morgan have had their chance and I hope that someone with experience and understanding of our entire situation will be elected. This case has been an odd one from the start and there were plenty of things that could have been said without using “witchcraft”. Yes there are many alternate belief practices but to refer to this crime in this manner has Pensacola as a laughing stock, once again.
    People are scared to leave their houses already and now this. We continually are told that crime is down yet shootings and other violence is happening daily. You can’t park in your own driveway without thieves rummaging through your vehicle and/or stealing it. Once again, thank you for your comments from someone who has experience first hand of what is going on in our Sheriff’s Dept. It’s welcome information and I hope people will educate themselves on who is running for Sheriff before heading to the polls.

  7. Anne on August 6th, 2015 7:35 am

    WKRG-TV, Mobile, Cox Channel 5, nightly news 10:00 PM, showed an attempted interview with sheriff David Morgan.
    Morgan was leaving the swearing in of the new Pensacola Police Chief.
    When the interviewer tried to talk with Morgan the sheriff walked away quickly and avoided the questions.
    “Misconception” was used by Morgan when the interviewer referred to the witchcraft and ritualistic killings.
    “Witchcraft” was Morgan’s word of choice in the WEAR interviews. How can that be a “misconception”?
    Agree, why would ANY prudent LEO discuss anything about an ongoing investigation.
    Obviously this is another big fumble by Morgan.

  8. JJ on August 6th, 2015 7:24 am

    I, too, am retired from the ECSO after 20 yrs. Witchcraft killings do occur, on very rare occasion, usually in the movies. However, IF this crime was related to witchcraft, Morgan messed up by getting on TV and providing all of the facts of the crime to everyone, including the suspect(s) that are still running our streets. This is NOT a Morgan bashing. It is an opportunity to reveal what type of sheriff Morgan is not. His ego is so big that I believe he did this stunt to grab some headlines due to how many people have challenged him for his seat. It worked for him, in the Billings case and he figures it will work, again. He acted foolishly then (ninjas, Mexican mafia, humdinger) and he is doing the same, now. This time, it has back fired. His mouth is bigger than his ego, apparently.

    Look, I was not one of the “good ol’ boys”. I was an honest, hardworking loyal Deputy. I gave my boss an honest days work, everyday. It pains me to see our Sheriff’s Department in the hands of such an egomaniac. He really is; and you folks who think he’s doing such a great job do not understand the actual day to day job that his position requires. Nobody is perfect, but Morgan is incompetent. Say what you want. You don’t hire a carnival worker to operate on your brain, your hire a neurosurgeon.

  9. Retired LEO on August 5th, 2015 11:44 pm

    I retired from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office after 27 years. Shortly after Sheriff Morgan was elected I invited him to accompany the investigative unit I supervised on an operation so he could understand what we did. Sheriff Morgan’s reply was something along the lines that he made a terrible witness and he would not be going. He never took the time to learn what it is that each unit does, most have their own way of operating based on the crimes they investigate. Kathy Gore, I’m sorry but you are incorrect that he didn’t provide too much information, he did. The Sheriff ’s statements are not based on facts and are only assumptions on his part and that’s not the way he should handle this. No expert(s) were consulted before he came to this conclusion and if there is an arrest made he has opened the door for a good defense attorney to attack the prosecution. It’s not a good practice to provide specific details of the cause of death, weapon used and other specifics involving the crime scene, especially when you haven’t made an arrest. One additional point, where are the press conferences for all of the other homicides that occurred, including others that happen during the same time period, doesn’t every victim deserve the same attention?

  10. Andy on August 5th, 2015 10:50 pm

    Keep up the great work, Sheriff Morgan. God bless you!

  11. kathy gore on August 5th, 2015 10:22 pm

    I have been wondering something…..what planet did some of you come from??? Fry the Sheriff…..really???? You HAVE to be joking! I watched the video of the press release…..all I saw was a VERY concerned Sheriff that was trying his level best to answer the questions that he could without causing panic among the general public, and also not to give out any information that would compromise the investigation. To say that this whole thing was orchestrated so that Sheriff Morgan could garner further support for his campaign is asinine. We’re talking some sort of ritualistic murder here folks….this is NOT a fry the Sheriff tactic…..this is real. You all had better pray that this does not turn into some sort of serial killing spree, and the individual/individuals responsible are found soon. All of these snarky remarks need to stop…..the Sheriff’s department is investigating everything and without a doubt not only will they keep us posted, but they will ultimately bring whoever did this to justice. Meanwhile…Our prayers are with the family, friends, and neighbors of these poor people.

  12. THE TRUTH on August 5th, 2015 9:30 pm

    Anyone who saw channel 3 trying to cover for Morgan should also check out WKRG’s attempted interview. He blew off the reporter and ran away. He claimed that he had no time for the media. LOL. Why is this man running from what he said? I guess the attempt to recapture the public’s attention since the Billings case kinda backfired. Kinda makes you wonder what this guy will do and say next as the election gets closer. Remember the last time.. He arrested his opponent.

  13. Sam on August 5th, 2015 9:05 pm


    When did this turn into a bash Morgan campaign speech. If you have been an LEO for 30 years you were in the good ole boy network and pobably in the previous sherriff’s back pocket.

  14. Former Pensacolan on August 5th, 2015 9:00 pm

    Likely these terrible crimes were Wiccan in the same way the Billings’ were murdered by “Highly trained, Ninja like criminal masterminds.” Sheriff Morgan appears to have a penchant for hyperbole and will grandstand whenever an opportunity presents itself. I do hope they bring the perpetrator(s) to justice. It is frightening when a quiet neighborhood is shattered by these inexplicable and terrible events.

  15. billy on August 5th, 2015 8:38 pm

    God bless you Sheriff Morgan

  16. molinoman on August 5th, 2015 8:15 pm

    I agree with you Hugo. I had only stated what occult practice it sounded like due to the information given. It is also true the masses have no idea of the amount of ritualistic killings go on. Sometimes the person doing it or group is never pinpointed, or found. FBI records today says statically there are ~1,200 serial killers in the US, can’t remember if that was an active number or a combination of active and inactive. Numerous of those are practicing occult members of some fashion.

  17. RevTimothy Means on August 5th, 2015 7:49 pm

    Ok, they where shot in the head, corner declares they died on the 28th of Tuesday the Blue Moon was on Friday the 31st, for starters. the fact I’ve seen this now shared on NBC CNN and Fox, just goes to show will put any damn thing on the news to get a rise out of people, this will continue until everyone stops their stupid remarks and stop letting them feed us this crap

  18. Brenda on August 5th, 2015 7:45 pm

    If the ecsd doesn’t report something to the public then they are accused of covering up so they do the best they can to solve this and piece together and solve it no one likes the answers if someone knows exactly what happened and who done it then go tell the sheriffs dept and they can wind this thing up if not I don’t understand why if they are working on it and it takes time to do it right then don’t be so critical and give them time if they are wrong everyone will know soon enough. Either way it’s done and it’s sad and any one could have something like this happen I pray to God it’s not me or my loved ones, please just let them do their job unless someone out there has already solved it.

  19. hawghead on August 5th, 2015 7:05 pm

    Have they found the getaway broom yet?….There were eyes of newts laying all over the living room floor…..I hope they catch these witches….This sounds like a “real humdinger” to me…..

  20. chris in Molino on August 5th, 2015 6:37 pm

    I’ve lived here all my life. My family has been here for 103 years. I knew some people into that wicca crap as a teenager. They were weirdos by any definition. Kind of like a gang. They take outkasts, people with alchohol or drug addictions, people with low self esteem and exploit them. Make them feel wanted and accepted and needed, just follow us. BOLOGNA.
    What really upsets me and hurts my heart isn’t the murders, you’ll have that evil eveywhere noe and then. What gets me are the comments on thid site. Have things changed so much that this amount of sheeple in this area have been brainwashed into this no morals, no character, or backwards belief system of this new age freak show that now good folks are now the outkasts ?
    Everyones in such a hurry, so impatient, aggrevated, rude, buried in some gadget, oblivious to life (ie; new age freaks).
    Father i know this must happen, but your word doesn’t describe the sickness of how people are today. Witchcraft, are you people real ? I’m glad my God is here and watching over my family. I feel like i’m in NYC reading this crap.

  21. Hugo on August 5th, 2015 6:05 pm

    I have law enforcement experience and have been to a lot of seminars and i have even been on teams that disseminate this info to law enforcement. There are a few major demographics when it comes to a non domestic homicide: drug related, ritualistic and gang related homicides. Usually we teach with ritualistic homicides to stick to the facts. It is always best to keep ritualistic murders on the secular level. Once you advertise that it is related to satanism the chances of getting a conviction go down for a variety of reasons and the community usually goes haywire. Law enforcement usually keeps that part under their hats as much as possible. What’s amazing to me is all these mockers who know absolutely nothing, making fun of ritualistic killings like they never happen when they actually happen nearly every day. It is not so funny when you sit in on a seminar with Russ Dizdar or other occult experts showing countless crime scenes with decapitated or burned victims and young girls who were literally skinned alive laying in the middle of a pentagram of blood. The jokes about brooms and witches flying around don’t seem so funny. But stupid people are called stupid for a reason, because they insist on commenting on subjects they absolutely know nothing about.

  22. Wise Woman on August 5th, 2015 5:13 pm

    I do not know the circumstances but perhaps the deranged killer saw them as a threat if they were honoring the moon cycles or other practices of modern Wicca or witchcraft. It is very misunderstood by some. The three were victims. The fact the murderer choose a hammer leads me to think it could be a hate crime targeting them like a Malleus Maleficarium ideal. The witches hammer. It could be someone who misunderstands the practice.

  23. citizen on August 5th, 2015 4:25 pm

    There is a pentacle on the sheriff’s car.

  24. Al Sharpless on August 5th, 2015 4:21 pm

    I just think it’s hilariouse people actually believe they are witches. Are there mental health services they can be referred to?

  25. melodies4us on August 5th, 2015 4:13 pm

    What a heinous murder. I real sicko is on the loose, reguardless of which religion he chooses.

  26. JJ on August 5th, 2015 3:23 pm

    Witches? Really? And Ninjas, too?

    I am a 30+ year LEO. I remember when Morgan was elected and I remember
    talking about him having NO experience in actual law enforcement, in
    an actual community. I couldn’t believe how the citizens of Escambia
    County could elect a person with no qualifications for the job.
    Immediately, he created conflict and animosity. He has consistently
    been abrasive toward other law enforcement agencies (State & Fed), has
    an incredible ego and there are rumors of wrong doing against him and
    his spouse, while they were both in the Air Force (not confirmed).
    Yes, he speaks very well and has an overload of charisma. The little
    old ladies love him, as well as his fellow drunk karaoke performers.
    However, if you voice an opinion against him, he will come at you with
    snarling teeth. Remember, he wrote the Governor and told him how to do
    his job, he did the same to the county commissioners and several other
    LEO leaders. He will not hesitate to write a derogatory letter about
    anyone who bumps heads with him, no matter the issue. The guy is so
    out of touch with reality and does not know how to lead. And now, he’s going off about witchcraft and rituals. The national news outlets are tearing us up, over this. Morgan should knock it off with the “sensationalism” of words. No ninjas or witches here.
    I don’t care who you vote for, next time; just not him. Please use your head before
    you fill out the ballot.

  27. Timothy Chase on August 5th, 2015 2:58 pm

    I was born into a wiccan family and raised in the craft. First of all if it had been ritualistic a hammer would not have been used. The fact that the cardinal rule among those of us who practise it do no harm. This was arranged to blame it on the craft, and should be investigated further instead of passing it off as a blue moon incident.

  28. Freeda on August 5th, 2015 2:54 pm

    This was not the only murder that happened that night. So are we just gonna blame the witches….I’m not I’m gonna say otherwise It was the goblins. I’m so sorry for all families that loved ones was murdered that night. And noone has answers.

  29. jeeperman on August 5th, 2015 2:35 pm

    The “ritualized” killing and witchcraft references are being spewed by the authorities to get the publics attention focused away from the real reasons.

  30. makarizo on August 5th, 2015 1:08 pm

    I am amazed they actually reported that it was related to witchcraft. Satanic killings happen much more often than reported. Most police departments will not report its ritualistic ties because the publicity is always so negative and the negative press has a tendency to turn on the police department. At the very least when they report that the killings were connected to satanism the media exposure gets out of hand and the police dept or state prosecutor can not control it like a runaway fire.

  31. Kane on August 5th, 2015 11:09 am

    Our prayers are with the family, friends, and neighbors of these poor people. One poster “@People Amaze Me on” said that it was “none of our business” you are totally wrong it is EVERYONE’S BUSINESS!!! Do you not want to know when something like this happens in your neighborhood/town? I certainly do so that I can be more vigilant against this horrible crime committed by obvious psychopaths. Shame on you for condemning your fellow citizens from asking questions and telling them it’s none of their business when this is so clearly something EVERYONE should know about!!

  32. kathy gore on August 5th, 2015 9:03 am

    All through the decades that I have lived in Escambia County, I have heard of Satanic rituals, animal sacrifices, and finding sites where Satanic rituals were performed. These stories did not come from rumors…they came from friends who were and are in law enforcement! You folk can laugh and jeer….but there is a REAL under current of stuff like this happening in our own little sleepy community. Ask some of your own friends who serve in law enforcement, and they will tell you the same.

  33. Oversight on August 5th, 2015 8:20 am

    When this was first reported, bells, alarms, and whistles started sounding because FDLE was called in to investigate; the automatic indication that Morgan is way in over his head. Then there is this press conference that paints our area in the national headlines. When the sheriff spews such utter nonsense to the media, Pensacola and Escambia County become the laughing stock for dumb rednecks in the South. Thinking critically if these were truly a “ritualistic” killings tied to the “blue moon,” wouldn’t it have taken place on or during actual event and not three days prior? This is sounding like the Billings’ case with the sheriff’s humdinger Mexican Mafia, ninjas, and such. So keep evidence close and avoid the media circus in your attention getting, egotistical, self-centered, sensationalism you seek, sheriff. At least until the criminal(s) responsible is/are arrested and it can be verified that an actual ritual killing took place.

  34. Ellwood "Bunky" Bartlett on August 5th, 2015 8:16 am

    I would love to see the credentials of the person who classified this case!!! I think whatever classes he/she took, they need to go back or those classes need to be canceled and they need to get a real teacher in there to teach the officers how to identify a ritualistic murder scene properly.

  35. Tammy on August 5th, 2015 7:03 am

    Dylan Roof commits 9 murders (racially motivated) and because he held a Confederate flag in a picture, flags that are part of our history were removed on numerous states.
    So does that mean we should ban crystals, oils, incense, pentagrams, yin yang etc…..after all they represent witchcraft don’t they?
    Seriously see how stupid that sounds? Keep your rocks and let me fly my flag….fry those murderous fools and leave the rest of us alone!!!

  36. Big red on August 5th, 2015 6:58 am

    Wow!!! By reading some of these post I would think I’m reading a Harry Potter script. Let’s just focus on how bad this crime. Witches or no witches these people are dead. Let’s have some respect.

  37. Mike Amerson on August 5th, 2015 6:54 am

    When I watched the Press release on this, I was glad to hear it wasn’t Gang related so far. Just has it has the last two elections, you have different avenues the High Sheriff seems to take to get any kind of attention he can. I find it funny how during his first campaign, it was all about Gangs. Once elected, it died off and you really didn’t hear any more about them until it was time for his next campaign. Now here we are for his third campaign and he’s got people flying around on brooms. People, at some point you’ve got to figure out this guy has no clue what he’s talking about and he just goes around pulling whatever he can out of his hat to try and make himself look good. He’s been through about every known criminal name you can find on the internet and now he’s taken to the air with the Witches. I don’t care who you support for Sheriff out of the ones who have announced, just make sure you pick one that’s not a member of a crip gang, bike gang, ninja group, flying witch or any other group you may be able to find under google. Good luck on being safe over there in your County with this fool.

  38. Anne on August 5th, 2015 6:42 am

    Morgan,.the only things missing from your theories are a Confederate flag, an old lion and a flying broom.
    Holy Cats, man, how about sending astronauts up to interrogate the Blue Moon as to what it saw because we all know “Morgan sees the moon and the moon sees the alleged perpetrator”.

  39. northofI10 on August 5th, 2015 5:50 am

    Mexican Mafia involved?

  40. Gman on August 5th, 2015 5:36 am

    Former Sheriff Ron McNesbys announcement to run for sheriff couldn’t have come at a better time. Time for Morgan to pack up his quiga board and move on.

  41. Good Grief on August 5th, 2015 5:04 am

    The comments defending wicca/witchcraft are amazing. Had the article stated that the murders were likened to a Christian theory then everyone would be wanting to burn all Christians at the stake. It would all be Christianity’s fault. Just because wicca says do no harm doesn’t mean it wasn’t a wiccan.

  42. Zalpha on August 5th, 2015 3:46 am

    As an atheist who is a former pagan priest, the statements from the police are dangerously ignorant and do nothing but stir hatred against a religious minority for absolutely no reason.

    They had been dead for four days by the time of the blue moon. Even if Wiccans were responsible for this (and nothing stated makes it seem so), the timing is off. Part of Wiccan rituals are about cycles and timing.

    But, by all means, blame to boogyman of a religion you don’t understand instead of doing your job.

  43. Mike on August 5th, 2015 2:23 am

    Wow, so many Pagans and followers of FALSE DOCTRINES out there! Amazing how the world is going to HELL so quickly. .LGBTI Witches Warlocks, illegal aliens. Everybody believes they are Holy and some how protected by the Constitution and have some kind of RIGHTs to NOT be offended or discriminated against! If it was a WITCH it WAS a WITCH! Wicca or some other ungodly Pagan religion that murdered the people. Shedding of innocent blood is hated by God! The one The Only God Jehovah (Yahweh). Father Of Christ Jesus. Pray for the family, and for our great country in which is quickly going down fast!

  44. Susanna on August 5th, 2015 2:11 am

    Has nothing to do with Wicca or witchcraft. They were murdered.

  45. Phoenix1985 on August 5th, 2015 12:51 am

    Nothing about this says witchcraft. If you knew anything about Witches you would know they do not kill in Witchcraft. It is forbidden. Try doing actual research instead of just pandering to the ignorant.

  46. armyjeep1992 on August 5th, 2015 12:21 am

    good thing it wasn’t a GREEN MOON who knows what would have happened

  47. Sea Hag on August 5th, 2015 12:17 am

    I also believe that true practitioners of Wicca harm none, and that Satanism is practiced by some, but that there are crazy people out there that will adopt symbols to further their own (personal) crazy agenda. And yeah, this incident is probably none of the above. Most murders are the result of greed, passion, money, or revenge. Or drugs. Which could fit into most all of those categories. Regardless, it’s a tragedy. I would be devastated if this happened to anyone I loved, and my heart goes out to their family members.

  48. Orion on August 4th, 2015 11:58 pm

    Nothing in this stated that it was witch craft. And it would be demon-mancing anyways, not witch craft.

    The only thing that was stated is that the officer thought that the bodies were aligned ritualistic.

    They entirely ignored stating who owned the house, and calling this one person just a person of interest shows that at most he visits there.

    My questions are… How does the officer know what ritualistic body laying looks like, and has he dealt with a real incident like that before? Who owned the house? The person who owned the house, where are they, and what have they said about it? How is this one guy a person of interest? And how did a Homeland Security person get taken down with two other people by one person so easily?

    So is so much wrong with this story…

  49. Bill C on August 4th, 2015 11:57 pm

    Wicca has no death rituals. It’s main credo is “An’ it do no harm, do as ye will.” Main words: “DO NO HARM.” This article does not specify Wicca, but others do.
    Further, those other articles refer to Wicca as “devil worship.” Nothing could be further from the truth – in order to worship the devil, you first have to acknowledge that he exists – and Wiccans don’t.
    I have read that these killings more resemble Santaria, which does involve ritualistic sacrifice.

  50. Local lady on August 4th, 2015 11:48 pm

    It’s crazy to me that ppl make some of the comments they do. You cant knock the ideal of any theories or possibilities that are being investigated to be the reasoning because you haven’t seen the evidence or know all of the factors unless you are apart of the investigation. ON ANOTHER NOTE. It’s still a murder in our community….and most of you don’t think about it but who’s to say that some reading these posts or even one of the posts aren’t posted by the murderer…..worry about your families and keeping your household safe. I truly feel for not only the family members left behind but the community around this area.

  51. Not Sure on August 4th, 2015 10:12 pm

    Bwahahahaha! Witchcraft? Someone at the sheriff’s office seems to have gotten into sine bad grain. Jeez…

  52. Oversight on August 4th, 2015 8:27 pm

    I’m sure this is going to be a “humdinger” of a case.

  53. People Amaze Me on August 4th, 2015 8:22 pm

    As it occurred to anyone that these murders truly have nothing to do with any of us & it’s truly none of our business what happened? Everyone is so damn sensitive and has this feeling of entitlement over something tragic that doesn’t have a single thing to do with you!!! ! It’s called an investigation for a reason. Let the sheriffs office work and collect the information and assess the crime scene so they can put quality information out to everyone. Whether it’s witchcraft related or not, again, none of your business and the sheriffs office clearly has reason/evidence to believe that is the case. If you feel the sheriffs office isn’t doing their job and handling these investigations up to your standards, consider a career in law enforcement and get out there and make a difference.. Otherwise, quit your complaining and back seat investigating. Enough is enough!!

  54. molino jim on August 4th, 2015 8:20 pm

    Question for Morgan— who came up with this theory? I have a fairly good back ground on alternative religions and none fit this crime. The posing of the bodies sounds like something from the talk shows of the 70″s and 80″s where every show was trying to out do the other. Good change it was “pay back time” over drugs as some one said. I remember when Morgan first came into office he painted anyone who rode a bike was an outlaw biker, maybe this is about the same thing. Truly sorry for the family and friends of this family.

  55. SHeila Sager on August 4th, 2015 8:09 pm

    I am a witch….we do not murder or sacrifice people or animals……this is very off the mark…witches are healers and worshippers of nature

  56. Suezan on August 4th, 2015 7:34 pm

    Witch craft does not deal with death and/killing people. Vodoo does! Seems once again these cops watched too much TV!

  57. monkeemaven on August 4th, 2015 6:58 pm

    Seriously Sheriff Morgan? Wow! Just wow!

  58. Nivian on August 4th, 2015 6:57 pm

    I am pagan not a witch but i have many witch friends and im sorry most follow the rede and harm none some people need to do more research and get a bit more understanding before they condemn people to this blatant nonsense

  59. Danielle on August 4th, 2015 6:50 pm

    I would want proof that it’s related to witchcraft before jumping the gun. I’m not into witchcraft but I think it’s pretty sad to have the public jump to conclusions and fear this kind of thing when it may very well be something else.

  60. Klondike Kid on August 4th, 2015 6:20 pm

    The scuttlebutt in the neighborhood (Klondike,not Beulah) said it was drug related & may be tied to another murder that happened across town. I was called both ignorant & insensitive on an earlier thread of this murder story for defending factual Escambia County geography instead of expressing condolences. I am sorry that this happened to these people and I will pray for their family members. I hope the person or people that did this are caught & punished soon.

  61. amy r on August 4th, 2015 6:11 pm

    As a practicing Wiccan I take offense of this. They say there is a war on Christianity, but it is Christianity that has called war on other religions and have spread lies to keep their sheep from learning about other religions.

  62. Samantha Stephens on August 4th, 2015 5:53 pm

    I agree with Heidi, witches don’t use claw hammers and slice throats, they just wiggle their noses.

    In all seriousness, condolences to the family and prayers for friends who live nearby and hope the guilty are brought to justice quickly.

  63. molinoman on August 4th, 2015 5:41 pm

    Witchcraft, no. Satanism, yes. Satanist believe in themselves each being a god walking he Earth and to kill any who cause them problems without remorse.

    From their site:
    “Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!”

    “Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to the other person and he cries out to be relieved.” (that explains why nothing was touched.)

    “When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.” (So someone in this family really bothered a member.)

  64. Heidi Nelson on August 4th, 2015 5:11 pm

    I’m a practitioner of witchcraft,myself. Please people consider the ying & yang in all religions before you get spooked. I myself practice “white witchcraft” but there are people who practice some black magic. It’s a sad day for the Pagan community in Pensacola. I’m a local & feel the need to say something! Religious extremists are everywhere!!!!! The Blue moon was Friday night….the killings were on Tuesday. So how are they connected? Friday night I did participated in a beautiful blue moon ritual & believe me…it did not include murder. My heart breaks for the family. This pagan witch is feeling a bit thrown under the bus Mr.Morgan. I would suggest speaking with people in your pagan community about this issue. Blessed be & love & light!

  65. local pagan on August 4th, 2015 5:10 pm

    Wow….must have been a follower of Thor…..the god with a hammer!

    Really???? Witcraft? Anything for a headline!
    Sorry, but don’t believe “beating with a claw hammer, nor shooting” would be a witchcraft ritual. …. think you need a lot more evidence to make the witchcraft theory stick!

  66. janet wilson on August 4th, 2015 5:07 pm

    this craziest n stupidest thing heard as a witch we dont go murder ppl it sounds n feels to me as paranormal was in invovled n yes they can kill ppl

  67. salem on August 4th, 2015 5:05 pm

    Well we’ve finally gotten past slavery and racism… Now we’ve gotten back to witchcraft. Burn the witches!

  68. Joani on August 4th, 2015 4:53 pm

    The Truth..really? The Mexican mafia, in the Billings case, was brought up by the suspect not the sheriff. The ninja gear was worn by the murder participants

  69. Lisa Watson on August 4th, 2015 4:48 pm

    I would not jump to the witchcraft theory at all just yet. Ritualistic posing is often not related in any way to witchcraft. Not saying it isn’t, it’s jut that actual cases involving murder ans witchcraft combined? RARE

  70. THE TRUTH on August 4th, 2015 4:47 pm

    so now witches are involved. Wow ! Let’s review.. During the Billings case, it was Ninja’s and the Mexican Mafia.. ( to grab headlines) Now the election is coming.. So it must be witches ! smh..