Earlier this week Associated Content contributor, Renee Morway, reported on the grisly discovery of a disemboweled “deer or goat” in Prospect Park. The animal’s carcass was stuffed into one garbage bag and the entrails were stuffed into another sack found a few feet away. But the head of the animal was missing.
However, early in the morning the head of a goat was discovered in Prospect Park-only a hundred feet from the spot where the carcass was discovered earlier in the week. The Brooklyn Paper reported that the goat head discovery was made by the same Windsor Terrace resident who found the carcass days earlier.
“I was walking my dog, sending texts on my Blackberry, and then I saw it,” Alex Gurevich told the Brooklyn Paper. “I thought, ‘Man, is that the head?’ It’s gross.”
The goat head was adorned with an ornamental dressing near several plates covered in candle wax. A leaf and several food scraps were also found nearby.
Gurevich and park officials are suspecting the animal was part of a Santeria sacrifice. According to AC contributor James R. Coffey, experts on the Yoruba and Santeria faith say it is “on the rise in the United States, especially in cities with large Caribbean immigrant communities.”
For Prospect Park official Eugene Patron, the discovery was not a religious issue but a legal one. “It’s illegal dumping,” he said. “That’s pretty much it.”