A mysterious cloaked figure who has been dropping raw meat in children’s playgrounds has one North Carolina community on edge.
t’s a case as strange as it sounds on the surface: a mysterious, cloaked figure has been spotted hanging out near children’s playgrounds, apparently dropping raw meat to the ground. Photos of the mysterious figure appeared on social media earlier this month, sparking fear among the residents of Gastonia.
The above photo was taken by a resident of the Hudson Woods apartment complex last Sunday. “I see why it could be easy to make a joke out of it, but this is serious,” local resident Brooke Conrad told The Gaston Gazette. “We live in a world today where you don’t know what’s going on and you don’t know people.”
Thus far, nobody has been able to discern if the person wearing the dark cloak is a man or woman. The person’s skin appears gaunt and pale. Some locals say they’ve seen the unidentified person dropping raw meat on the ground near a playground. An unnamed person told the Gazzette they found a bag of raw meat near their apartment complex not long ago.
Police say they don’t have much information about the identity of the cloaked person. They also couldn’t confirm the reports about discarded meat. “We don’t know if this is some bogus prank somebody is playing,” said Donna Lasher, spokesperson for the Gastonia Police Department.
Some online commenters believe the person may be conducting a simple Pagan ritual. Heather Darnell, a member of Piedmont Pagan Pride, says the person may be new to Paganism and trying to make an offering. “We do it privately. It’s not for public consumption,” she said. She speculates the person is either new to Paganism or just playing a prank. “It looks like someone is deliberately trying to create havoc,” she said. “I think it’s pretty ugly and irresponsible if someone is just trying to get attention.”
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