That Time A Florida Python Hunter Found A Satanic Ritual Site
Mike Kimmel is known as the “Python Cowboy” for a reason. It puts food on the table as it fights over gargantuan invasive predatory creatures every day. Her expertise doesn’t stop at pythons though: she includes iguanas, wild pigs, and the occasional problem alligator. If you scroll through his Instagram long enough, you also come across videos of him rescuing baby raccoons and saving law-abiding alligators from the clutches of python death. Some of his posts border on full-fledged PDA for his hunting dogs, and he also shares photos of successful guided invasive hunts with clients.
However, his weirdest post concerns the time he came across a peculiar litter around an infamously abandoned Aerojet rocket test facility one night in April 2019. Kimmel spent countless hours chasing the invaders in this area of the Everglades, and he couldn’t help but investigate.
First, Kimmel says he spotted dolls that had gouged out eyes and inverted crosses embedded in their foreheads. Then it turned into Latin graffiti sprayed with red paint and a wooden cross stuck in a pile of giant rocks. Things really changed when he climbed over the pile of stones and came across a small scarlet snake wrapped around a doll’s neck. The snake was still alive and bleeding from its anus.
“It’s a rare snake to find in this area and it’s weird that it’s wrapped around the doll,” Kimmel said. Outdoor living. “This snake is maybe a foot long, it’s tiny. I’ve caught thousands of snakes in my life, none of them have ever bled out the ass like this.
At this point, Kimmel was a little freaked out. Dolls without eyeballs and a bit of graffiti are one thing. But a live animal bleeding from its digestive tract takes the situation beyond a teenage prank.
“As I leave this pile of rocks, there is a huge phrase spray painted on the asphalt, maybe 50 feet long, and it was later translated by an Instagram follower. In Latin, this says ‘He looks, turns around, runs, hides’ or something,” Kimmel says.
He moved further to the main building of the complex. The more he investigated, the weirder it got.
“We found a 50 foot spray painted Pentagram with a three legged chair in the middle with a big bloodstain on it, like something had been sacrificed there. On the walls were Latin sayings with upside down crosses. Further down the building, in another room, there was a little girl’s nightgown, and I’m sure it was red spray paint, but it had looked bloody,” Kimmel recalled. “There were sentences on the walls that basically talked about ‘sacrificing a child to the devil’, really sketchy stuff. In one of the rooms I couldn’t get to , I could see through a shattered window that there was a sleeping bag with something stuffed inside and sayings all over it, and that’s where the robe was.
Kimmel had two clients with him who were getting more and more scared by the minute. Eventually, they began to leave the compound, partly out of fear of the things they had already discovered and partly out of concern for what else they might encounter – or who else. As they walked back down the road, they passed two walkers carrying flashlights. At first, Kimmel was worried about who else might be there at night, but then passers-by revealed themselves as Kimmel’s Instagram followers who wanted to hunt pythons where he usually did.
“I told him everything I found there, I said ‘be careful, there’s a bunch of satanic stuff there, I don’t know what’s going on,'” Kimmel says. “I messaged him on Instagram the next day asking if he caught anything and what happened. He said about 10-15 minutes after he passed me he went further and they heard a bunch of gunshots coming from inside, and they turned and left when they heard that. So I don’t know if anyone was still in there while we were finding all that or what, but it’s really a sketchy story.
Kimmel says he reported the incident to the South Florida Water Management District, who then reported it to police. Kimmel says they investigated but doesn’t know what the outcome of the investigation was.
Eventually, Kimmel began researching the Aerojet facility. The man who built it was Marvel “Jack” Whiteside Parsons, a CalTech rocket scientist and co-founder of Aerojet. He was a known Thelemite occultist, meaning he practiced Thelema spiritual philosophy and the new religion founded in the early 1900s. Thelema is not directly related to Satanism, but Parsons was known to conduct rituals invoking goddesses thelemics with the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard. He was removed from Aerojet and his other rocket science affiliations in the 1940s because of his deep involvement in Thelemite occultism (he ran the California branch from his home in Orange Grove, where he often held loud and crazy parties). He died aged 37 in a mysterious explosion at his home laboratory that his relatives believed was linked to attempted suicide or murder. After taking all of this into consideration, Kimmel isn’t shocked that this abandoned complex (which still houses a massive rocket in a 10-story hole in the ground) is hosting ritual activity, and he’s currently working on a Youtube video of it. ‘experience.
“I guess around this time, around the Easter moon, a lot of satanic rituals happen,” Kimmel says. “It was pretty wild, definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve seen there.”