Sheriff: Pensacola Triple Murder May Be Tied to Blue Moon

A triple homicide in Florida is suspected to be a "Wiccan ritual killing" related to last week's "blue" moon, police said Tuesday, NBC News reported.

Voncile Smith, 77, and her two sons, Richard, 49, and John, 47, were discovered Friday, July 31 during a welfare check, Escambia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Andrew Hobbes said.

According to authorities, all three victims had their throats slit and Richard Smith, a Department of Homeland Security employee, was also shot in the head.

The positioning of the victims’ bodies and their injuries led investigators to believe the murders were part of a ritual. A person of interest in the case is also known to practice witchcraft.

A "blue" moon is what it's called when there are two full moons in the same calendar.

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