As crazy as it sounds, I still think this scenario is actually possible in the CONUS. There are plenty of remote places in the US where folks still base their lives on superstition and lack of logic. It also doesn't take much for those same people to mob up and attack whatever their anger happens to be aimed at whether it's logical or not.
Belize mob torches Americans' animal sanctuary but their will survives
By Arthur Brice, CNN
September 7, 2010 8:26 p.m. EDT(CNN) -- An American couple in Belize struggled Tuesday to figure out their future, their dreams literally up in smoke after a mob of indigenous Mayans burned down their animal sanctuary in the belief the foreigners fed two missing children to crocodiles on their property.