Killer mum Oreanna Myers, who shot five children before burning down their home and taking her own life, was obsessed with witchcraft and performed rituals.
The 25-year-old at the centre of the shocking massacre in West Virginia killed her children – Kian, four, Aarikyle, three, and Haiken, one – along with her stepchildren, Shaun, seven, and Riley, six, on December 8.
Police confirmed she then set fire to their five-bedroom farmhouse and fatally shot herself outside as it burned to the ground, with firefighters searching for days among the rubble for remains.
Devastated Raven Bumgarner, the mother of Shaun and Riley, said that Myers was into witchcraft, would plan rituals and kept tarot cards, crystals, and dead butterflies in jars.
“She was into witchcraft, she would post things on her Facebook and Instagram,” Ms Bumgarner, 27, said.
“She was always talking about the phases of the moon and these rituals and tarot cards and different books and witchy things.
“She was like, ‘Oh this moon is in this phase, this is a ritual for new beginnings, I’m going to go and run naked in the fields.”
Ms Bumgarner said her ex-husband Brian was also aware of Myer’s “bizarre” obsession with witchcraft and spiritualism, adding: “She had put stuff together”.
“She had a glass jar together that she had for Brian with some of her crystals, and she collected dead butterflies, she had them in jars,” she said.
Although her Facebook has been deleted, her Instagram, with the handle @glowing_goddess520, is still active, and features dozens of spiritual memes and photographs of jars filled with dead insects.
One reads: “Honestly, go ahead and be kooky and get into weird mystical sh** or whatever.”
Others also show graphic sexual drawings of tattooed women passionately embracing.
Asked if she thinks Myers’ interest in rituals played a part in the tragedy, Ms Bumgarner replied: “Maybe, in the suicide note she kept referring to how her demons won.”
Myers left four letters including a full confession, telling her family: “This is no one’s fault but my own. My demons won over me. Sorry, I wasn’t strong enough,” while also complaining about the lack of support for those struggling with mental health problems.
One of her notes, written for her husband, was left in their family vehicle, while the three others were placed inside a plastic bag and taped to a side-view mirror, including numbers, a confession and a will.
A cloth decorated with a spiral symbol and a glass jar with a crystal inside were also found inside the vehicle.
Greenbrier County Sheriff Bruce Sloan revealed the five young children were found inside the home in Williamsburg with shotgun wounds to the head.
Myers was discovered outside near a picnic table, wearing a coat with a hood. She also had a mysterious red line drawn from ear-to-ear across her face, according to cops.
The red line was also seen on surveillance video yet to be released, when she went to pick up two of her sons from the bus stop after their school day.
Mr Sloan explained one boy is seen asking Myers: “What is the blood on your face?”
Myers responded: “I drew on myself,” prompting her four-year-old son Kian, to say: “You drew on yourself?”
Not long after, the house was set on fire – and Myers’ body was later found, with the red line still on her face.
Mr Sloan recalled Myers was wearing the same coat in the video, adding: “You could still see the red mark drawn across the bridge of her nose underneath her eyes.”
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Mr Sloan said: “There was history that Oreanna was involved in some occult practices, witchcraft and spiritualism, contacting the dead.”
“It’s not normal, is it unheard of? No,” he added, saying despite her interests he did not believe it was a ritual killing.