Dry As Dust

A Fortean in the Archives


The child murder that gave voodoo its bad name



An
engraving–probably made from a contemporary artist's sketch–shows the
eight Haitian "voodoo" devotees found guilty in February 1864 of the
murder and cannibalism of a 12-year-old child. From Harper's Weekly.

A new post at the Smithsonian site looks at a sensational trial in mid-nineteenth century Haiti - and the negative effects it has had on perceptions of voodoo ever since.

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