On March 30, The Wild Hunt posted the story of Kyrja Withers, a New Port Richey resident and Pagan children’s book author who has endured shots fired through her windows in addition to anti-Pagan epithets shouted by unidentified drive-by harassers.
The local New Port Richey Patch also published an article about these incidents on April 2nd, and another news update today shows escalating forms of violence including a plastic bottle chemical bomb that exploded in her front yard on the evening of April 15th. Interestingly, this ‘bombing’ happened just a few hours after the Boston Marathon attacks had begun to fill media headlines. Kyrja’s stepdaughter Heather inhaled fumes from the explosion and is under medical treatment for damage to her respiratory tract.
Local police are currently investigating these incidents. Kyrja is offering a $200 reward for any information about the perpetrators of the shootings and the chemical bottle explosion. Tips leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is behind the incidents can be emailed to Kyrja at firstname.lastname@example.org and the police department can be called at (727) 841-4550. You can visit her Facebook Page to send along messages of support, or visit her book fan website at www.friends-of-rupert.webs.com.
Her Pagan children’s book, “Rupert’s Tales: The Wheel of the Year” follows the adventures of Rupert the Rabbit who discovers the different Pagan holidays. A short biography of Ms. Withers’ spiritual journey from a devout Roman Catholic to a practicing Pagan, and her inspiration for writing “Rupert Tales”, was featured in a 2011 Tampa Bay Times article.