Pensacola, FL (WKRG) – Family members of the three victims killed in a “ritualistic murder” in Pensacola are telling their side of the story to WKRG News 5.
News 5 spoke to two family members who both said the “witchcraft” part of the story is bogus, and the Smith family were normal folks.
The relatives said Voncile Smith, the mother who was found dead, was a church-going woman who wasn’t “reclusive,” as officials stated — she just “kept to herself.”
However, relatives did tell News 5 there is a third son — the oldest of the three — who has been interviewed by detectives.
As we reported on Tuesday, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said “witchcraft” is part of the murder investigation after the bodies were found laid out in a ritual pattern.
Voncile Smith, 77, and her two sons, Richard and John, were found savagely murdered by deputies conducting a welfare check on Friday morning. The gruesome details of how the bodies were mutilated can be found here, though we warn some readers might find the details disturbing.
Sheriff Morgan stated that the killing occurred around the time of a blue moon, which happens once every three years and is referenced in some witchcraft lore.
However, Smith relatives claim to News 5 that the “blue moon” aspect of Sheriff Morgan’s press conference has “nothing to do” with the murder of the Smith family.
Voncile’s husband recently passed away from dementia, relatives told News 5, and it had a deep impact on the family.
One of the sons, Richard Smith, was called a “critical member” of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by Sheriff Morgan, who stated he needed to contact national agencies to ensure Smith’s death wasn’t a threat to “national security.”
News 5 was able to confirm that Richard Smith worked in “Information Technology Management” as a civilian employee at NAS Pensacola.
Richard was the only one of the three victims found with a gunshot wound to the head.
The other son, John Smith, was an employee at a local Wal-Mart location.