Sheriff: Triple murder may be tied to blue moon
Media: Can you say what religion that is?
It’s witchcraft. I’ll say that right now. There are different factions of that. While it doesn’t bother me to release it being their being, most assuredly, you do not want to want to defame or demean any particular practices.
Earlier versions of this specifically called out Wicca.
Over at Faux Snooze we see the quote: “The time of the death on Tuesday also coincides with what’s referred to as a blue moon, which occurs every three years.”.
The problems with that theory are
1) the murders allegedly happened on July 28. The “blue moon” was days later- July 31.
2) July 28 doesn’t coincide with any of the standard Wiccan holidays.
3) Wiccans do not sacrifice others. Most generally, Wiccans believe only in self-sacrifice (usually in the form of a few drops of blood or hair clippings). I have read of a very few who will sacrifice animals, but in nearly 30 years of contact with Wiccans, I’ve never met a single one who did that.
4) Minor self-sacrifice (pricking a finger, snipping hair) is typically done with an athame. The athame is often a special ceremonial knife reserved for ritual, although I’ve known some solitaires who use kitchen utensils purified for the purpose. I’m no expert, but I’m not familiar with a Wiccan ritual that involves bludgeoning some victims with a hammer, slitting throats, and shooting others with a firearm.
Note: I am not a Wiccan. There being about as many kinds of Wiccans as there are Wiccans, my points above should taken as general observations. Some Wiccans have other, extra sabbats. Some will not even do self-sacrifice other than of “dead” hair or nail clippings, or personal possessions (I gather that has something to do with… misappropriating the gift of one’s life; life is very important to Wiccans). Some reserve the athame for pure ritual (i.e.- symbolically cutting psychic ties) and will not even use that device to chop herbs for a ritual.
Actual Wiccans who want to clarify or correct my generalizations are welcome.