The Ouija board has been burned, banned and debunked. Some say it's a channel to the dead and a portal for evil entities. Others say the Ouija board is a harmless fortune-telling board game. Read these tales and decide for yourself!
The Ouija board spawned The Exorcist
In the States in 1949, a 14-year-old boy tried to contact his dead aunt through the Ouija board. After this, bizarre things occurred – his bed shook violently, objects flew about the room, welts appeared on his skin. He was declared possessed by demons and was ‘exorcised’. Sound familiar? This Ouija board tale was the basis for the movie, ‘The Exorcist’, one of the creepiest horror films ever made.
The Ouija board found a missing man
In 1978, professors at the University of Bologna held a séance with a Ouija board. They asked the Ouija board to tell them the location of politician Aldo Moro, who had been kidnapped by the Red Brigade terrorists. The Ouija board spelled out ‘Gradoli’. Only after the Red Brigade killed Moro, was it discovered he had been kept prisoner in a suburb of Rome in a house on ‘Via Gradoli’.
The Ouija board wrote a book
In 1913, in Missouri, a young woman named Pearl Curran channeled a spirit called Patience Worth through a Ouija board. Over the next 24 years, Patience, who said she had lived in Dorset in the 1600s, dictated six novels and thousands of poems to Pearl via the Ouija board. Pearl, who had little literary education, became a publishing sensation.
The Ouija board drove a town mad
The town of El Cerrito, California made the news in 1920 when police arrested several people ‘driven insane’ after using a Ouija board. They were hysterical and ripping off their clothes – town officials immediately banned the Ouija board. The Fogarty brothers from the band Creedance Clearwater Revival are from El Cerrito – maybe this tale is where they got their inspiration for the song ‘Bad Moon Rising’.
The Ouija board killed a man
In Arizona in 1934, 15-year-old Mattie Turley shot her father with a shotgun, telling the court that the Ouija board told her she must kill her dad. Mattie described how the Ouija board, used by her mother Dorthea, spelled out ‘Daddy must die’. Dorthea was sentenced to prison but was released after three years – Mattie stayed in reform school until she was 21.
The Ouija board fixed a trial
In 1993, a jury in Hove convicted Stephen Young for the double murder of newlyweds after consulting a Ouija board the night before. Apparently, after a few drinks, they asked the Ouija board how they should vote – ‘guilty’ is what it said. Because of this ‘drunken experiment’ with the Ouija board, the judge ruled the trial unsafe and ordered a retrial.
The Ouija board started a prison riot
After making their own Ouija board, tough Latino gang members in a Californian prison believed that they were possessed by the devil. They caused such a ruckus that officials had to call in a priest to perform an exorcism. Perhaps, like these prisoners in the Philippines, they should have just stuck to performing a dance routine to a scary song.
And, remember, you must never ask a Ouija board ‘when will I die’? In case it says ‘tomorrow’…