Mystery surrounds beheaded voodoo doll found in front of police station

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Mystery Surrounds Beheaded Voodoo Doll Found In Front Of Police Station

Voodoo dolls can mean different things to different people and the Tybee Island Police Department in Georgia is trying to find out the intentions of an individual or a group that left a beheaded doll and a lizard carcass outside the police headquarters.

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The department noted on its Facebook page, "Despite the overwhelming support that we receive on a daily basis, there is the occasional reminder that not everyone likes the police. We'll be reviewing the surveillance footage to see if we can identify our fan..."

Lt. Emory Randolph told WJCL, "I definitely think there is a pretty dark message involved that somebody is trying to direct at the police department...To have the head pulled off the doll — it's obviously not a sign of a friendly gesture."

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Facebook users chimed in as well with one noting, "Contrary to popular belief, Voo Doo is meant to do good. If this person intends on using it for bad, they can expect it to come back to them ten-fold," and another commenting, "This makes me sick. When you catch the idiots, throw the book at them and make them eat the lizard!!!!"

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