Blue Moon Murder Verdict: Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!
Standing head-and-shoulders above everyone else in the courtroom, tall, erect and stoic, Donald Hartung learned a Pensacola, Florida, jury of his peers had convicted him on three counts of first-degree murder.
The Florida man, who reminded some of Herman Munster and others of the evil demon in Poltergeist 2: The Other Side, stood accused of killing his mother and two half-brothers.
Prosecutors said Hartung was motivated by money and greed. His mother had written him out of her will, because, she said, he didn’t need the money.
Hartung beat his mother and one of his stepbrothers to death with a hammer and slit their throats. The other brother was killed by a single bullet to the brain. His throat was also slit.
"Vicious, violent, personal," is how Assistant State Attorney Bridgette Jensen described the triple-murder to the jury during the three-week trial that ended Jan. 29.
Now that he’s been convicted, the jury will return to work, Feb. 3, to decide if Hartung should be sentenced to death or life in prison.
The case was dubbed the “Blue Moon Murders” thanks to a local sheriff saying Hartung might have been involved in witchcraft and possibly timed the slaughter to coincide with the rise of a blue moon.
Fay Haas, a member of Hartung’s family, said she was still grieving the loss of Voncile, John, and Richard Smith. Fay also told reporters she felt like justice had been served.
However, she added, "It's still sad, you know? It still hurts. Nobody wins.”
PORN. FANTASY. ADDICTION.
Lust quickly turns to love. Grant can’t get enough of Silvie. His family will pay the price.
Grant finally has a beautiful girlfriend who loves him more than anything or anyone. So begins an incredibly shocking true crime story. Is it also a love story? Yes. As far as Grant’s concerned, it’s a true love story.
Nobody understands what he and Silvie have, least of all, Grant’s family. They think he’s just addicted to fantasy and needs psychological help.
Then the cops come knocking on the door of his hotel room with crushing news. His mother, father, and brother are dead, murdered in their home.
With that, Grant’s life is shot to hell.
However, his love for Silvie will never die.
Porn Killer: A Shocking True Crime Story will captivate you from the first page. If you love to get into the heads of killers and the hearts of those who survive, you’ll be as hooked on this true crime story as Grant was on Silvie.
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