A witchcraft shop has landed itself in controversy after it claimed to sell ‘corpse water’ from a lake where bodies of alleged mafia victims have been uncovered.
The shocking discovery of a skeleton inside a metal barrel at Lake Mead near Las Vegas last month sparked an underwater hunt for further bodies, with more turning up amid record low water levels.
Homicide detective Lt. Ray Spencer from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at least one of the victims was murdered between the mid 1970s and the early 1980s, as the clothing and shoes they were wearing dated from that period.
Experts have since discussed whether violent mobsters could be behind the grisly discoveries, with the case attracting significant attention across the US.
Now, a shop nearby specialising in ‘witchcraft’ supplies has taken advantage of the publicity after they started selling ‘corpse water’, which they have priced at $7.77 (£6.16) for 2oz (59ml).
Vegas retailer Blaspheme Boutique has listed the morbid bottled water on their website, where a product description gives a brief history of the lake and its recent notoriety.
The notice reads: “Lake Mead was formed by the building of Hoover Dam between 1935-1938.
“For decades rumours floated around that those who crossed the Vegas Mob ended up at the bottom of that lake.
“In 2022 a corpse in a barrel was found as the lake reached a record low.”
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The macabre listing is rounded off with a warning about the water, however, which says: “For entertainment purposes only. Not real corpse water. Do not drink.”
But some have blasted the shop for its decision to capitalise on the deaths, with one internet user writing: “You knew it was just a matter of time before someone would turn a profit off of this.”
While another said: “Please do not judge our entire country by this guy.”
Store owner Charlie Hanks however said she is not “making light” of the deaths but rather “the darker history of Vegas”, as their family members “probably miss them and want to know what happened to them”.