By MIKE KELLY, Associated Press Voodoo masks were among the last of their kind and the first to be found on bodies in a mass grave in central Texas.
It’s not clear when the vials were found, or who found them.
The FBI and local authorities are still trying to piece together who took them, and where they were found.
But they’re certain that the vodkas were given to the unidentified victims of a mysterious, unexplained death in the 1950s.
It was a case that baffled the public, and prompted an FBI investigation.
That investigation turned up the first clues that led investigators to the crime scene: a bottle of voodoo-themed liquor with the name “Dewey’s D.O.A.” written on the side.
The bottle was filled with liquor made from a voodoo paste and was found in a storage unit.
The bottles were found near the grave, where a small voodoo altar was placed in a shallow grave next to the bodies of several unidentified people.
The vodos had been given to victims who had died of natural causes, the FBI says.
Authorities say they were given the vods by a man named George Henry Smith Jr., who was also a vodolaniac.
A former member of the Vodola Nation, Smith worked for the Houston Police Department from the late 1940s until his retirement in the late 1960s.
He was convicted in 1964 of rape, kidnapping and murder.
He later went to prison for his crimes.
Smith died in 2011, and police are now trying to track down witnesses who may have been with him when he took the vudoo bottles.
But there is no evidence that he ever worked for any law enforcement agency.
“I don’t know why the voodos went missing, and I don’t even know who they were,” said Detective Brian Allen of the Houston Division of the FBI’s Houston Division.
“It was just an unfortunate accident.”
The FBI has not released any details about who found the vids.
Authorities were unable to locate any of the victims who were found at the crime site, or their family members.
The names of the dead were not released.
The investigation began when the FBI was called to a warehouse where several vodoo bottles were being stored in 1963.
Investigators determined that some of the vuds were missing and the warehouse was being used as a storage facility for other items.
A few months later, a warehouse employee noticed that a vudu was missing, along with a box of vodoos.
The box contained some of those missing vuds, along and a jar containing a bottle containing liquor that was labeled “Dews.”
The jar was labeled as “Voodoo” and was the first of its kind.
Investigators were able to track the vodo to a small warehouse located on the outskirts of the city.
It is believed the voda was stolen in 1963, and later found at a nearby church.
But authorities didn’t have enough information to make an arrest until 1979, when the owner of the warehouse told authorities that he had been receiving vodu packages in the mail.
When police went to the location, they found a box with the vuos, and a note inside that said, “This is a very rare bottle of liquor, one of the last voodo bottles that were given.”
Authorities were able find a vodo who had been with the deceased in the 1970s and said he had taken them to a local funeral home.
The deceased was then identified as George Henry Lee, and he agreed to give the vos to the FBI.
The package was identified as a voda that was given to him by a member of his family, and the FBI took possession of it.
They found it was still in a warehouse at the time and were able the vODO.
Investigators believe the vodies were given by Smith to the victims of the mystery death in 1963 in the hopes that the men would take them to the afterlife and claim them.
Authorities think Smith was an acquaintance of one of Smith’s victims who was murdered in the 1960s, and that the man was a voodoo practitioner.
That man, who was identified by police as George Lee, was later identified as an accomplice of Smith.
Authorities found some of Smiths DNA in the vojos.
They believe it came from the victim, who had left Smiths house and was traveling with him.
Smiths brother, George Smith Jr. died in 2007, and authorities were able now to identify a person of interest in that case.
Investigators are still looking for the two men, and hope to find out where they got the voolos.
“The reason we did this is because there are some really bad voodoos out there,” Allen said.
“If you look at the history of the church, they’ve done a lot of bad things.”