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The Ouija Did It: 7 Real Crimes Connected to Ouija Boards

Paranormal enthusiasts say using a Ouija board can open a doorway into your home, creating a passageway to all kinds of spiritual activity. Allowing these unknown energies and forces into your home can be dangerous because you never know who—or what—will come through from the other side.

While benevolent ghosts or lost family members can enter into our realm through the board, the Ouija doorway is also open for sinister spirits too. In the upcoming horror OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL, a family learns the hazards of communicating with the dead when one of their own becomes possessed after using a Ouija board.

Before the film hits theaters on October 21, we’ve conjured up some criminal cases involving the infamous spirit board, proving that nothing good can come from playing with dead things.


Jury Ouija Deliberations

In 1994, insurance broker Stephen Young was convicted of murdering Harry and Nicola Fuller inside their English cottage. Soon after the verdict, it was revealed that the juror’s had used an Ouija board to convict him. The jurors debated over the case in between drinks while staying at a hotel overnight. They decided to ask the victims for help by using the Ouija and an overturned wine glass to communicate with them.

Young was granted a retrial due to their deliberation methods; however, he was still found guilty at the second trial.

Check out the BBC news article here.



The Ouija Made Me Do It

When a 14-year-old boy was hospitalized for being stabbed in Weslaco, Texas in 2012, police were shocked to learn his 15-year-old friend was responsible for the crime. The case grew weirder when the suspect exclaimed that a Ouija board told him to do it.

The perpetrator and the victim were hanging out behind a high school when things took a horrifying turn. The assailant pulled out a 4-inch knife and stabbed his friend in the gut. He then brought the victim to a nearby car shop to call an ambulance. The 14-year-old spent three days in the hospital for intestinal injuries, but he survived.

When police investigated the situation further they learned the attacker instructed his friend to claim he fell on the knife. Then he blamed a Ouija board.

Commenting on the bizarre crime Weslaco police spokesperson J.P. Rodriguez said, “He actually believed what the Ouija board advised him, that the friend was the cause of his problems…That’s kind of the incredible part.” (Daily Mail)



Christmas Eve Tragedy

On Christmas Eve in 2014, Paul and Margaret Caroll were sent into a state of paranoia after using a Ouija board. The duo believed that unruly spirits had entered their home—and were residing in the family dog, Molly. Paul quickly became convinced that an evil entity had possessed Molly and she needed to be put down.

So, Paul drowned her in the bath tub.

After he drowned Molly, he dismembered her. He tried getting rid of her body by stuffing her body parts down a drain; however, his plan failed and he was quickly arrested by police. While he was in jail, his wife and her daughter, Katrina Livingstone, decided to use a Ouija to communicate with Molly.

According to the duo, the Ouija told them that they were going to die. Hours later, their house was in flames and the women were rushed to the hospital. The women eventually admitted to starting the fire themselves, following a black magic session. (UK Chronicle)

Margaret Caroll
Margaret Caroll


The Ouija Booby Trap

Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was imprisoned in 1999 for kidnapping and murdering several children throughout his life. Following his arrest police learned of the obese killer’s love for human flesh and discovered his sinister recipes like one called “French fried kid.” Many believed that Bar-Jonah, a former cook, served his neighbors human meat at cookouts.

Before he grew up to be a notorious child killer, Bar-Jonah preyed on others as a child. When he was seven, Bar-Jonah fixated on his 5-year-old neighbor. In effort to get her alone, Bar-Jonah told the girl he had a Ouija board in his basement that could tell the future. Excited to see how the board worked, the little girl followed him.

Once they were alone in the basement, Bar-Jonah attempted to strangle the girl. Luckily, the girl’s mother heard her screams and saved her. However, Bar-Jonah faced no real repercussions and continued his horrifying behavior into his adulthood, which escalated to murder.


Woman Stabs Son-in-law to Death

Brian Roach was sound asleep when his mother-in-law, Carol Sue Elvaker, plunged a knife into his chest. His wounds were fatal.

After stabbing her son-in-law, Elvaker told her daughter that Brian needed to die. She also believed her 10-year-old granddaughter was possessed. Thankfully, Elvaker’s daughter Tammy managed to get the knife away—but she continued to stay with her mother.

The four females got into a car and fled the home together. Elvaker crashed the car in an attempt to kill them all. When they all survived, Elvaker tried to push her 15-year-old granddaughter into traffic. Then she stripped naked and rushed into the middle of the highway.

The psychotic break came quickly after Elvaker had used the Ouija board with her family.

Assistant D.A. Brett Burns explained to local media, “It’s amazing how the grandmother was able to let this Ouija board consume her life and how she was able to brainwash her daughter and granddaughters.” (Source)

Following the bizarre event, Tammy was arrested as being an accessory to the murder.


David’s Plan

On the night of July 20, 1987, Ngoc Van Dang was cruising down an Orlando street when he spotted two female hitchhikers. The hitchhikers, 16-year-old Bunny Dixon and 18-year-old Elizabeth Towne, were actually Satanists with a murderous plan.

The girl’s boyfriends, Anthony Hall and Daniel Bowen, were watching from the bushes as Dang pulled over. They waited for the perfect moment before jumping out with a gun, robbing the Vietnamese exchange student, and throwing him in the trunk of the car.

The evil foursome brought Dang to a secluded area, and used a butter knife to carve an inverted cross on his chest. Then they shot him seven times in the upper body, killing him as a sacrifice to Satan.

Once the group was eventually caught, they told police that they were fulfilling the wishes of a dead 10-year-old boy named David. Communicating through a Ouija board, David reportedly told the kids to rob someone, steal a car and flee Florida to join a carnival in Virginia. (Source)(Source)(Source)



Ouija Murder for Hire

It was 1929 on the Cattaraugus Reservation near Buffalo, New York when an intricate murder plot was concocted via a Ouija board. Tribal healer Nancy Bowen and friend Lila Jimerson used the board hoping to learn who killed Bowen’s husband. The board told them exactly who murdered her husband—and gave the killer’s address.

During the séance, the board spelled out the words, “They Killed Me,” and the name “Clothilde.” Coincidentally, Jimerson offered up a woman she knew named Clothilde Marchand, who was married to an artist named Henri Marchand.

Bowen was shaken up by the situation, and things worsened following the session. Multiple letters describing Clothilde as a vengeful witch showed up in Bowen’s mail. They explained that the woman placed a hex on her husband, and that she killed him out of jealousy. Soon Bowen was convinced the strange woman was a murderer, and that she was going to kill her next.

Using the address provided by the Ouija board, Bowen showed up at Clothilde’s door and battered her head in with a hammer. Then she stuffed chloroform-soaked paper down her throat. Witnesses told police a Native American woman was seen at Clothilde’s, and police were led to the reservation.

The tribal healer originally intended to kill Clothilde by using supernatural forces and hexes; however, her spells did not work.

As it turns out, Clothilde’s husband Henri knew Jimerson—because they were having an affair. Jimerson manipulated her friend to kill Clothilde by using the Ouija board, in hopes of finally being able to have a relationship with Henri. Henri denied any involvement in the crime. The court believed he was somehow involved in the plot too, but, they had no proof.

County Judge Frank B. Thorn explained to the court, “I believe, and I think everyone acquainted with this case believes, that Henri Marchand, through his affair with Lila Jimerson, which he cynically defended as a ‘professional necessity,’ has a large share morally in the killing of his wife… I do not believe, however, that he is legally responsible. There is no evidence that he is. (Source)


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