- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Florida authorities are investigating whether a triple homicide was committed as part of a ritualistic ceremony in connection with the recent blue moon.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said Tuesday that the bodies of 77-year-old Voncile Smith and her sons, 49-year-old Richard Smith and 47-year-old John Smith, were discovered Friday in their Pensacola-area home. Morgan said they had been killed the previous Tuesday.

The sheriff said the method of the killings and the position of the bodies have led investigators to consider the crime a ritualistic killing.

Morgan said the time of death also coincided with the blue moon, a rare second full moon in a single month. The blue moon occurred Friday, however, not last Tuesday. The sheriff did not explain the discrepancy and his office did not return a telephone call seeking clarification.

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