3rd Update: 'Satanists' Kill Livestock, Vandalize Church Dec 4, 2019 21:03:10 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Dec 4, 2019 21:03:10 GMT -5
Suspected Satanists Kill Farm Animals, Vandalize Church
In recent weeks, a series of grisly discoveries have been made in Hampshire’s New Forest. Someone, or some group of people, killed two sheep and drew pentagrams on them and a cow was stabbed in the neck. Additionally, the number of the Beast, 666, was painted on the doors of St. Peter’s Church (above) in the quiet village of Bramshaw.
In the first incident, a dead ewe called Fluffy, which had suffered a puncture wound to her side, was found November 19 on Penn Common Road, Bramshaw. Owners Colin Barnes, 76, and Heather Miles, 68, found the sheep with pentagrams painted on her side and face, as well as an inverted cross and the number 666. “I don’t know anything about witchcraft or devil-worship,” Miles told a reporter. “It was only later, when I started thinking about the weird markings that I became suspicious. Now I reckon it might not have been coincidence that it happened on the night of a full moon. Those witches like that, don’t they? The sick bastards.”
A spokesman for the Hampshire police said a heifer and two calves have also been found with wounds in the Bramshaw and Linwood areas. And on November 20, an inverted cross, phallic symbols and the number 666 were discovered on the church house door, which has been cleaned.
According to the Rev. David Bacon, vicar of Bramshaw, “The attacks on the animals have left people quite disturbed and scared, particularly people who have animals in the forest. We have had very, very minor incidents in the past, little bits of graffiti. It doesn't happen very often, nothing like this. ... I’ve been told one of the symbols was a 666 which of course is a Biblical sign of the devil, or Satan, so it could have [sinister overtones]. We know what the devil is like by the things you see done in his name,” he continued. “And if that’s sticking knives into sheep, it’s the work of somebody who seeks to follow him. Or it. The New Forest has always been a place where there’s witchcraft. It still goes on today. But the white witches, as they call themselves, will be as appalled by this as anyone else. ... The only security we have is people’s eyes and ears.”
The local police force is stumped, leaving officers from the Police Pagan Association to launch their own investigation. Sergeant Andy Party, who heads the association – created 10 years ago to support pagan police officers – told The Times a pentagram is “a very emotive symbol and it always creates a furor. But it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s connected to pagans,” he emphasized, suggesting the real culprits could be children or someone with mental health issues.
Simon Wood, a member of the Pagans of Ytene and former member of the PPA, said he was concerned about discrimination against pagans among local people. “There is a worry among us that this could be the work of someone trying to paint us in a bad light when really, we are just as appalled as everyone by this,” he told the local newspaper.
“These incidents are unusual in the New Forest,” Sgt. Andy Williams of the Hampshire Police, claimed. “We are looking at the circumstances of each one to see if they are linked, and to see how these animals came to be injured,” he added.
About 800 New Forest properties and their inhabitants have common rights to graze t heir animals in the open forest dating to the 13th century. Tony Hockley, chairman of the Commoners Defense Association (CDA), which represents those who keep animals in the New Forest. “Any harm to commoners’ animals is a huge concern,” he insisted. “Commoning in the New Forest is a voluntary activity and many do it around our day jobs, so any attack on any animal is a huge deterrent to continuing allowing animals to graze in the New Forest, so anything like this is extremely worrying for the future of the New Forest.”
Hockley added he wasn’t aware of a history of occult incidents in the area but added, “The New Forest, like many rural areas, has a historical association with witchcraft, so that draws some people and some of the local shops trade on that, but it’s normally more about fairies.”
In the meantime, police continue to investigate whether a series of “suspicious incidents involving animals” are linked, and urged those who frequent the forest to remain vigilant and report any strange activity.
Sources: Mark Chandler, The Mirror, November 30, 2019, and BBC News, November 22, 2019.
Photo of Church: Morten Watkins, Solent News.