Man ‘slashed mum and stepbrothers’ throats’ in ‘ritualistic witchcraft killing connected with blue moon’
Donald Wayne Hartung, 58, was arrested Tuesday, three
months after Voncile Smith, 77, and her sons Richard, 49,
and John, 47, were found dead at their home in
Pensacola, Florida on July 31.
Investigators believe the victims died three days earlier in
a “ritualistic” killing connected with the rare blue moon,
which occurred on the day the bodies were discovered,
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff David Morgan told a news conference that the
injuries inflicted by a claw hammer and the position of the
bodies have led investigators to believe the crime is
connected to some sort of religion.
“You know, there are different factions of that. While it
doesn’t bother me to release that particular thing, we
most assuredly do not want to defame or demean any
particular practice, if you will.”