Pensacolo, FL (WKRG) – Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies suspect witchcraft was a motivating factor in the savage murders of a mother and her two sons in Pensacola last week.
As our sister station WKRG reported on Monday, 77-year-old Voncile Smith and her two sons, 49-year-old Richard Thomas Smith and 47-year-old John William Smith, were found dead on Friday morning. The three bodies were discovered by deputies conducting a welfare check at their home on Deerfield Drive.
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At a press conference on Tuesday, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office released graphic details on how the three bodies were discovered.
According to authorities, all three bodies were found beaten with claw hammers. All three had their throats slit, and the mother was found with a gunshot wound to the head or neck area.
Authorities have evidence that led them to believe witchcraft was somehow involved in their deaths, saying it was a “ritualistic” act. Investigators noted that their murders occurred on the night of a blue moon, which is heavily referenced in witchcraft lore.
Investigators say they spoke to a person of interest in the case, but didn’t release a name or photo. All they confirmed was that the person of interest is a “white male with ties to witchcraft.”
The murders aren’t believed to be financially motivated either. The Smith family had a safe containing $7,000 in their home, but the suspect didn’t take anything of value in the aftermath of the crime, they said.
Deputies also noted that the Smith family was “reclusive.” They lived in the same house for 27 years, rarely speaking to any of their neighbors on Deerfield Drive.