Graveyard Shift

10 Stories Of Criminals Who Invoked Voodoo To Commit Heinous Crimes

Terrifying voodoo magic has featured in many Hollywood screenplays, but what about real life voodoo curses? And what is a voodoo curse anyway? Whatever your personal beliefs on the supernatural, remember that voodoo is a very real religion. It was most commonly practiced by people of Haitian and African heritage, but voodoo has spread due to the African diaspora.

The supposed effects of voodoo have been well documented. But when it comes to tales of voodoo curses that worked, anthropologists and psychologists typically agree that the misfortune that befalls the "cursed" is all psychosomatic. If someone believes they are cursed, and those around them reinforce the idea, they will become depressed, stop taking care of themselves, or lash out violently. The curse thus becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the person inadvertently destroys their own life.

This list explores some of the scary voodoo stories that have made headlines over the years. Whether there were dark forces at work here, or all-too-human concerns like self sabotage and murderous impulses, is open to interpretation.