In the U.S., Volusia County and Daytona Beach in the state of Florida are one of the nation’s hot spots for serial killers, pedophiles, drug traffickers, and demon-possessed criminals. It is said that the area creates a certain kind of atmosphere of insatiable anger that seems to permeate the humid air infecting the local population.
An unseen fog of evil that perpetually grips the lost souls in these quiet blood-drenched beach communities that seem to breed some of the most bizarre criminal behavior the world has ever seen that some religionists would call demonic.
A running joke among Volusia County law enforcement is that as soon as the news had broke about another serial killer on the loose, they would often jokingly suggest that he would wind up heading to Daytona on Interstate 95.
Former Daytona Beach police chief Paul Crow, who investigated local serial killer, Gerald Stano had said;
“We used to always have a saying, ‘Sooner or later, the son of a bitch will come here.”
The Volusia County Sheriff, Mike Chitwood, who also served as Daytona’s police chief for a decade before being elected sheriff in 2016 recently stated;
“If you’re a serial killer, the playing field is ripe for people on the fringes of society. Those who have been discarded by society find their way here. Who better for a serial killer to prey upon than someone who isn’t going to be missed after they’re gone?”
Volusia County came across my radar during my research into the phenomenon of murderers who have claimed to be demon-possessed in my body of work I call the “Cult of Demons.”
This haunted county is a well-known national hot spot for not only criminal activity but also paranormal and psychic phenomenons that cause seemingly normal people to suddenly become insane and or in their own words, demon-possessed.
What I often have found when I studied the history of these locations like Northern Florida is that they were ancient tribal grounds occupied for hundreds and if not thousands of years by Native American tribes like the Timucua.
The Timucua were the most powerful Tribes of Native Americans in North America who had ruled and controlled all of Central and Northern Florida prior to the rival of the Spanish, French, and the Russians. They lived in relatively small semi-agricultural villages containing between 30 houses and 200-300 residents.
The Timucua and their lands then became the target of European conquerors and settlers who had sought to usurp the natives.
They were actually one the first major tribes to encounter by the Franciscan Jesuits who took advantage of the preexisting political hierarchy by establishing missions at the largest and most important villages of the precolonial alliance system. The first founding city of the Jesuits, St. Augustine was also the first city in America located just North of Timucuan lands in order to control the area and also honor one of the Fathers of Catholicism – Saint Augustine.
The Timucua were described as a fierce people who were extremely tall, heavily tattooed and they also practiced black magic rites such as human sacrifice and cannibalism.
Ancient history tells us that many Native Americans like the Timucua believed that the world was inhabited by spirits, demons, and gods who could influence people. It appears that from historical accounts that they were well versed in black magic and these references to blood rituals and human sacrifice verify that these people knew the ancient rites of curses which I believe were imported along with them onto American soil from their Phoenician/Hebrew and Egyptian ancestors.
Author William Grimstad had written in Weird America;
“The Timucua were first mentioned by Ponce de Leon in 1513. Little is known about them, and there is no indication of any special affinity with other Amerindian tribes. They were heavily tattooed, went largely unclothed, and practiced human sacrifice and at times cannibalism. What is known of their language also suggests a Pacific rather than American orientation.” (Weird America, pg. 66)
To combat the Europeans, historical evidence shows that the native tribes would perform certain blood rituals and rites to curse and defend their land against the invaders. With war, curses are inflicted upon foes and blood is spilled onto the soil which contains the very disembodied spirits ie: parasitic organisms that make up our DNA.
If the Timucua indeed did curse the soil, I contend that modern science and the constant stream of media reports over the years about criminal activity in the area can help verify my theory. I also believe that these curses may still be in effect which is attributing to making these areas hot spots for not just any old felon but cursed meccas for the most evil criminals who have ever lived.
The Catholic Encyclopedia details some of the historical observations about the Timucua’s rituals and practices which included a peculiar rite of purification by means of a “black drink” made from the leaves of the Ilex cassine. My theory is that this “black drink” was a psychoactive brew made from the fungi on the Ilex cassine’s fruit and or leaves that helped the Timucua to commune with these parasitical organisms who they befriended.
The Catholic Encyclopedia writes;
“Prisoners of war and their descendants constituted a slave class. Their military organization and methods were superior to what was found among the northern tribes. Scalping and mutilation of the slain enemy were universal, and the dismembered limbs were carried from the field as trophies or to serve for cannibal feasts.
Polygamy was customary. Gross sensuality was prevalent. The chief gods were the Sun and the Moon, the Deer, and other animals. They were extremely ceremonious, celebrating planting and harvest seasons, fishing and hunting expeditions, the going and return of war parties, marriages, and funerals, each with special rites of prayer, fasting, feasting, dancing and purification by means of the “black drink” brewed from the leaves of the Ilex cassine.
On certain great ceremonial occasions, the first-born male infants of the tribe were delivered up by their mothers to be sacrificed to the Sun, in whose honor also a sacred fire was kept always burning in their temples.”
We know that the Catholic Franciscan friars along with the Jesuits were part of the conquering people who had usurped the Timucua so one must be careful when reading the victor’s accounts of war but when we examine these stories they seem to align with the truth.
For example, a researcher from Florida State University examined the Timucuans religion to find that their rituals and belief systems could be divided into three categories of Cosmology: purity, pollution, and impurity.
Purity was associated with the sacred to purify the environment so the Timucuans were said to have used certain objects like fire, First Fruits, blood, corn, tobacco, and black drink to achieve a personal state of purity in order to attract the attention of and interact with their ancestors and the gods. This state of being was said to be rare and often dangerous for untrained individuals to interact with these dieties who were associated with the Upper World.
Pollution was the second state of being in the Timucuan cosmology which was with “symbolic dirt” connected to a negative state that had the power to alter a person’s state of being in bringing them closer to the Under World. The Timucuan had ritually used a woman’s menstrual blood, childbirth blood, dead bodies, and disease as their main symbols of pollution which allowed them to enter a state which allowed them to commune with the spirit world.
It was said that their rituals had brought about process similar to death and dying (thus becoming a sacred ancestor) or through shedding the blood of the lineage (birth, menstruation, and blood sacrifice), which links the earthly family to the sacred family.
This is key to understanding my theory that the soil was cursed via their blood and rituals of death which last until this very day.
The Timucuans death rituals associated with funerary rites include the shedding of blood, human sacrifice, public mourning of women, cutting hair as a symbol of mourning which was associated with the body’s decay as symbols of the Under World. Decay is associated with fungi and I contend this same said fungi is still prevalent here wreaking havoc on local heathen and the sinful,
In the Timucuans Cosmology, blood was something to be closely controlled and the general population was said to have kept segregated from spilled blood.
The Spanish certainly were not ignorant of the importance of blood and their familiarity with the magic of blood rituals had a religio-political importance closely connected to the elite class to control their city-states.
The ancient religion and beliefs of the Timucua actually align perfectly with my modern theory that the “symbolic dirt” infecting the areas in and around the Volusia County and Daytona Beach have been cursed by the blood of the Timucua. Blood infected soils and air from the Timucuan microbiome warriors that can be very dangerous for those people of different DNA who are mentally and spiritually weak people who reside and or visit there.
The reason being is that the systematic liquidation of the Timucua places a lot of their blood and DNA into the region which I believe with their occult knowledge they charged via curses to ‘feed’ the negative entities that they created who now reside and torment the people who live there.
Especially the ones who do not understand this history and are weak-minded. Meaning they are often ignorant people who have little control over their own minds and lives that become tools for the Timucuan Under World of evil demons who seek to torment and destroy any alien invader.
People like the pregnant Florida mother, Ebony Wilkerson who on March 4, 2014, was tormented by who she called demons that demanded she drive her minivan with her three children straight into the ocean surf in Daytona Beach.
She said didn’t have a care in the world because she was with God and wasn’t aware that her three children locked in the minivan she was driving towards the waves were in danger.
Wilkerson then told her kids to close their eyes and go to sleep, ‘I’m taking you to a better place,'”
Thankfully, bystanders came to the rescue of her children and apprehended the delusional woman who heard demons that told her to kill herself and her family.
Ebony Wilkerson’s sister told a 911 dispatcher that Ebony wigged out inside her Daytona Beach home before putting her kids in the minivan and speeding away.
“She’s talking about Jesus, that there’s demons in the house,” the sister told the operator.
The Demons of Daytona Beach has also been a favorite spot for several killers who have gained national notoriety.
The first in a line of infamous killers to terrorize Daytona was Gerald Stano who moved to the area with his parents when he was a young adult. He was first arrested in 1980 after one of his victims, a local prostitute, escaped from a hotel room after he had beat her and doused her with acid.
Stano was eventually linked to 33 murders and may have killed as many as 88 people. The women he was known to have killed ranged in age from 12 to 34.
Perhaps the most famous serial killers on the list is Aileen Wuornos because she was a woman and prostitute who targeted men. She was convicted in the 1989 murder of Richard Mallory, 51, in Daytona and admitted to six other slayings in Marion, Citrus, Pasco, and Dixie counties.
Wournos was executed in October 2002, becoming the second woman executed in Florida after the U.S. Supreme Court restored the death penalty in 1976.
Next, the we have the “I-95 killer,” Gary Ray Bowles who murdered six gay men.
In March 1994, Bowle’s first victim was John Hardy Roberts, 59, who was killed in his home on Vermont Avenue in Daytona. Bowles struck Roberts in the back of his head with a lamp, choked him and stuffed a towel down his throat. Bowles killed his other victims in almost the same fashion during the several months.
More recently, we have the alleged Daytona serial killer, Robert Hayes, 37, who was a student with a criminal justice major at Bethune-Cookman University. Hayes is accused of killings of three prostitutes between 2005 and 2006.
Hayes was arrested as the result of DNA matches on September 15 in South Florida in connection with a 2016 prostitute slaying of Rachel Bey, 32, in Palm Beach County victim that matched DNA taken from two of the Daytona victims. All of the women were killed with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson.
Hayes was investigated twice by legal authorities because he had purchased a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson from a local gun shop prior to the killings but detectives didn’t see any connection at the time.
Police investigators said that Hayes who is an educated African American doesn’t fit the profile of a typical serial killer — an uneducated, aimless white male.
Perhaps, I can offer law enforcement a tip.
If I were lead occult investigators on this case, I would contend that he perfectly fits the profile of a person suffering from the ancient Timucua curse of the soil in which his lungs and blood have become infected with the Timucuan made – Daytona Demon…
Moe Bedard is the host and founder of the Cult of Demons Podcast. He is an author and expert on the occult, demonology, and Satanism.