In a twisted mystery that has spooked a quiet Pemberton Township neighborhood, two black cats were decapitated, their intestines yanked out and wrapped around the animals’ hind legs. Then they were carefully placed in the driveway of a North Lakeshore Drive home.
The woman who found them in her driveway is uneasy. She and her husband have lived in the house for 10 years without problems.
She called the police, who turned the case over to Burlington County SPCA Chief Richard Forberg. On Tuesday, Forberg led a team of armed investigators through the woodsy neighborhood along Mirror Lake, searching for the missing cat heads, and “possibly other remains of other animals.”
“First, we thought it was a religious offering of some sort,” Forberg said. “We talked with an expert in Santeria and Voodoo, and he said no. If it was Santeria, there would be other items present to show it was some sort of offering, or sacrifice, or an attempt to cast a spell, whatever you want to call it.
“We inquired about whether this was witchcraft, and the expert’s opinion is that it’s probably not. Because the cats were black, and black cats hold special meaning to (practitioners of black magic), and are not typically sacrificed.
So far they have no suspects in this case. One thing is clear, the culprit knows how to use knives. The cuts on the cats were clean and done with skill and expertise. All other of the internal organs were intact.
Police think the placement of the cats in the driveway could be deliberate, perhaps serving as some kind of warning. It also does not preclude idea that someone has put their own occult ideas to practice.
The SPCA chief is concerned that whoever did this could work their way up to killing people. Regardless of what or who is the cause, the residents are justifiably concerned.
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