Hoodoo in America

6 04 2010

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THE THREE sisters were on Interstate 20, just east of Dallas, in the early hours when it happened. Myra, who was driving, started to act strangely, trying to veer the car into oncoming traffic and off the sides of bridges.

Then the steering wheel squirmed into life and started to pummel her, before mutating into a monstrous demon. The apparition sprang from the dashboard, mounted the crazed Myra and began its possession of her.

It was exactly as the women had feared. The previous evening – 17 March, St Patrick’s Day – they had fled from their hometown of Arcadia in northwestern Lousiana, convinced that an evil spirit was pursuing them.

Most of what is known of their journey – including a decision, halfway, to abandon their terrified children with strangers – has been told by the women to lawyers, friends and the police.

But only one thing was recorded for certain: Myra’s admission, just after dawn, to a suburban Dallas hospital. Both her eyes were missing.

Four months on, the events of that night still haunt Arcadia, otherwise famous only as the place where Bonnie and Clyde were gunned down. It is a remote, neglected little town, population 3,000, where the racial divisions of Old South still linger. The Crawford sisters – Myra, 30, who will be blind for life, Doretha, 34 and Beverly, 35 – have retreated to a shuttered brick house on Evangeline Drive, a scrubby cul-de-sac on the black side of the railway tracks.

Neighbours, slumped in the boiling summer air on their porches, hesitate to talk of the affair. Some even run away, afraid, because this is hoodoo business. ‘I’m scared of them – the hoodoo, the Crawfords and all of it,’ says one young woman. ‘They might want pull my eyes out.’

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4 responses

11 04 2010
Daria

feeds it? what are we talking about here?

7 04 2010
mcmlxix

“…but [he] keeps it moist with olive oil.”

No, he feeds it with olive oil. Other oils or liquors are appropriate as well.

6 04 2010
The Shepherd

Dear God that’s a terrifying story! What do you make of it?

6 04 2010
+Wulfila

This is no doubt part of hoodoo, but it’s a shame that newspapers are much less likely to cover stories such as “two-headed doctor restores male nature and makes a newlywed couple happy,” “rootworker heals sick child,” or “nightmares ended by means of gris-gris”.

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