Let's say you were going to cast an evil spell on someone. Which of course you wouldn't! I'm not implying you would. Or have. Or are thinking about it. Let's just say, hypothetically, that you were maybe gonna do a little black magic.
What do you think you would need? Candles, maybe? Goat's blood? The light of a full moon?
That's what North Miami Police Department employees Elizabeth Torres and Yvonne Rodriguez planned to use in a hex against their supervisor, city manager Lyndon Bonner. Yup, just the birdseed.
See, with budget cuts looming, the women were afraid Bonner was planning to give them the axe.
Luckily, Torres and Rodriguez knew just how to get rid of the pesky manager. According to the Santeria tradition (or at least whatever version of Santeria these two believe in), sprinkling birdseed has the power to make a person go away. Any person, from any place. Following that "logic," the plan was diabolically easy: Toss some seed around Bonner's office and get rid of him for good! Bwahahahaha!
But there was a kink in the otherwise foolproof scheme. Neither Torres nor Rodriguez had access to Bonner's office, so they attempted to enlist the aid of Esther Villaneuva, a janitor.
Believe it or not, Villaneuva totally believed in the evil power of birdseed, too. What are the odds??
That's why she blew the whistle on the women -- she was afraid something truly bad would happen to Bonner if she birdseeded his office. Because of her confession, Rodriguez, who worked as an office manager, has been fired; Torres is being recommended for termination, but since she's actually a veteran police officer (yep, a police officer was behind the birdseed mayhem), she is under union protection. For now, anyway.
Look, I'm not judging these ladies. We've all had our moments of feeling like, "If I only had magical powers, I would totally turn so-and-so into an eight-headed frog right now!" It's a completely natural instinct and also probably the reason why most of us don't have magical powers (there would be an awful lot of eight-headed frogs hopping around).
Have you ever wanted to cast an evil spell on someone?
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