Skip to comments.Parrot's death latest threat to woman in prayer case (Great Falls, SC)
Posted on 08/20/2004 11:59:43 AM PDT by Between the Lines
GREAT FALLS -- About a dozen pagans gathered at Town Hall on Monday to show support for Great Falls resident Darla Wynne. Last week, Wynne returned home from dinner with a friend and discovered one of her parrots had been beheaded and his heart cut out, she said.
A note attached to the back of Little One, Wynne's 8-year-old African gray parrot, said, "You're next!"
"I was frantic looking for his little head, and later I did find his heart," Wynne said tearfully. "They want me to leave this town. I feel so responsible for this. I shouldn't have gone out to dinner."
Great Falls Police Chief Mike Revels confirmed the threatening message to Wynne and said an investigation continues. Police found no evidence of a burglary and were unable to collect fingerprints, Revels said.
"Forensic evidence on the note was destroyed and there was no other physical evidence found," Revels said. "The case is ongoing."
Wynne, a Wiccan high priestess, filed a lawsuit in 2001 against Great Falls for invoking the name of Jesus Christ in council prayers. Federal courts ruled in favor of Wynne, saying the prayers were unconstitutional. Town officials, who have the support of the state attorney general, have appealed the case.
Last week's incident was one of a string of break-ins at Wynne's home. Great Falls police have responded to at least 10 calls of reported vandalism at her residence in the past year or so, Revels said.
"She's had a lot of problems," Revels said. "But we haven't been able to link anybody to any of the incidents."
Many of the town's 2,200 residents regard Wynne as a witch and disapprove of her pagan faith, she said. The vandalism has ranged from destruction of her cars to several of her animals being poisoned, Wynne said.
"No one will say anything," Wynne said. "They think they're protecting their own."
Katie Glenn of Asheville, N.C., said she was in Great Falls on Monday to support Darla and "let everyone know we're human."
"I find it deplorable to see other people, who come in the name of Christianity, judge others so harshly," Glenn said.
Wynne said she has endured numerous verbal and written threats. She received by mail a booklet, "Thou Shalt not Suffer a Witch to Live," and said a man yelled at her, "Witch, you're going down."
Twice last week before her bird was killed, Wynne said she received threats in the mail.
During Monday's Town Council meeting, about a half-dozen supporters gathered with Wynne outside Town Hall. Several more attended the meeting inside. Wynne's friends posted an e-mail about the beheading of her bird and people from both Carolinas, Texas and Detroit came to offer support.
Revels and several uniformed officers attended the meeting to keep everyone safe, the chief said.
Wynne's friend Donna Hudson of Columbia said Wynne has been persecuted by town officials.
"I believe all pagans, basically all Americans, should be concerned about the situation that has developed here," Hudson said. "The very community that should be supporting her is violating her rights."
Mayor H.C. "Speedy" Starnes wouldn't comment directly on the incident, saying only he believed the town still has a strong case.
Wynne said she will continue her court battle and won't leave town. She said she is saddened that her remaining parrot, Baby, is lonely for his companion.
"Birds mimic what they hear," Wynne said. "Baby cries because he's heard me crying and he's lonely for his friend, Little One."
But let me be the first to say:
This is an EX-PARROT!
He's just restin'.
Tip #1: Don't join WICCA
Tip #2: Don't mock God
Tip #3: Don't join WICCA
He's pining for the fjords
Killing the animals is just wrong.
He's bleeding demised!
No, no...it's stunned.
What, gonna tape it back on and nail him to the perch?
No, it was an African Grey, not a Norwegian Blue. No matter the breed, it has shuffled off this mortal coil and gone to sing in the bleeding choir invisible.
It was a pretty gruesome and undeserved death for the parrot, though.
Christians hating a woman, or Pagans creating a "martyr" for themselves? Unfortunately America has seen its share of hatred by people intending to promote Christianity. But the tactics seem a little, well, pagan, in mindset. But not so much as to seem intentionally overtly pagan, as to suggest a deliberate mockery of her beliefs. While I can't claim Christians did not do this, I would wait until the police get someone into custody before I'd editorialize about how nasty those Christians are.
How does she know it wasn't ISLAMIC TERRORISTS? They don't like witches either and they are the only beheading group I can think of......
ROFLOL!!! I've heard it a hundred times, but it still cracks me up.
I'm be saying this skit all day now...
Yes, really. Could this be a fake "hate crime"?
I wonder if Darla Wynne knows ex-professor Kerri Dunn. They both seem to be the lesbian seagull type.
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