Chickens and Roosters Killed as part of a “Cult Practice” in Rock Creek Park by Mt. Pleasant

Photo of the 3500 block of 17th Street, NW via google imaging

Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets about the disturbing discovery of dead chickens and roosters along the 3500 block of 17th St, NW along Rock Creek Park in Mt. Pleasant. The Washington Post reported:

“Sgt. Lelani Woods, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Park Police, said the uniform way each bird was killed is leading investigators to believe the killings were part of a cult practice. The bodies were turned over to animal control officers. Woods said police believe the birds were killed elsewhere and dumped along a makeshift path sometime before snow started to fall Tuesday morning.”

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  • Whoever did this has been leaving True Detective style tree carvings and sculptures all over Bloomingdale. Be careful MPD detectives – this goes all the way to the top.

  • justinbc

    If anyone asks you if you want to get flowered, run.

  • So you kill a few chickens but don’t eat them and all of a sudden your religion is a cult! jeez!

  • It will just happen again and again. Time is a flat circle.

  • What the hell is wrong with people. I eat meat, including chicken so obviously I have no problem with killing them to eat. However, if you’re some whack job killing other living things for your screwed up rituals, then I do have a problem with that. It’s only a matter of time before someone like that moves on to pets or even people.

    • In santeria they eat the chicken after they sacrifice it. Why would anyone dump a perfectly good chicken?

    • You’ve made some interesting conjectural leaps here. Most Christians manage weekly rituals focusing on blood and flesh when they take communion WITHOUT feeling the need to go beyond the symbolic ritual. If you’re going to make assumptions, why not assume that everyone is capable of engaging in meaningful symbolic rituals? I think your leap from “chicken” “to pets or even people” likely reflects your own state of mind and preoccupations rather than those of whoever left the chickens. Maybe you should consider going vegan?

      • Wait, killing an actual live chicken is merely “symbolic” in your book and not a literal, actual killing? Please explain.

        • First, as I understand it, at least in Santeria, as jcm said, animals that are sacrificed are usually eaten — unless it’s considered to be polluted by illness/negativity that is transferred to the animal as part of the situation that’s being addressed in a healing ritual. So, the killing of the chickens is symbolic in that it relates to things beyond the act of killing the chicken. And my point is that it’s a huge leap to jump from a symbolic ritual to the assumption that ” It’s only a matter of time before someone like that moves on to pets or even people”. In saying this, though, I”m making a huge assumption that the dead chickens were killed as part of a religious ritual. If someone went to the trouble of getting live chickens — something I imagine is hard to do in DC, killing them for sport or fun, and then discarded them, then I”d likely view this in a different, more troubling, and less “symbolic” light.

  • My ascension removes me the disc in the loop.

  • death created time to grow the things that it would kill

  • pablo .raw

    Reminds me of the movie Devil’s advocate, is this freedom of religion or a public health issue?

  • This is Carcosa…er, Mount Pleasant, sorry.

  • Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair or two cups of good hot black coffee.

    Or some dead chickens.

  • Roosters AND chickens were killed? Aren’t they both chickens?

    -Frank Costanza: Let me understand, you got the hen, the chicken and the rooster. The rooster goes with the chicken. So, who’s having sex with the hen?
    -George Costanza: Why don’t we talk about it another time.
    -Frank Costanza: But you see my point here? You only hear of a hen, a rooster and a chicken. Something’s missing!
    -Mrs. Ross: Something’s missing all right.
    -Mr. Ross: They’re all chickens. The rooster has sex with all of them.
    -Frank Costanza: That’s perverse.

  • This could be a Santeria practice, although usually you just find the heads of the chickens as the body is supposed to be eaten. I – (well my dog actually) finds chicken heads 1-2 times a month in Rock Creek park. There are often coconut shells too.

    • My question is – if most homes have a trash can for food waste and the City picks up trash – why could a chicken head not simply go into the trash, even if it is related to a religious practice?

  • My dog and I walk there at least once a week. I’m just glad we didn’t come upon the carcasses. It’s hard enough getting one chicken bone out of her mouth!

  • Honestly though – when it comes to local cults, the occasional santeria ritual is far less annoying than church parking rules on Sundays.

  • Here they come to snuff the rooster (and I guess they succeeded this time) AH YEAAAHH

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