Christopher Case was terrified...but had someone really put a curse on him?
Acute myocarditis. Put plainly, heart failure.
That’s what the medical examiner said had killed Christopher Case.
But he’d been fit and healthy. And as far as anyone knew, he’d never smoked or taken drugs.
He didn’t even drink.
Yet he was dead at 35.
Sometimes it happens – it’s a tragedy, but even the hearts of the fittest young athletes can give out suddenly. Often as the result of an unknown, underlying genetic heart condition.
However, there was no history of heart problems in Christopher’s family.
And there was something else strange about his death – he’d known it was coming.
It was April 1991. Christopher Case believed he had only a week left to live, and he was frantic.
‘They’re after me,’ he told his friend Sammye Souder in North Carolina, on the phone from his Seattle flat. ‘I am very, very afraid, extremely afraid. I could die from this.’
Then Christopher called another friend in North Carolina, also telling her he feared for his life.
No-one heard from Christopher Case again.
Worried, his friends contacted the Seattle police, who went to Christopher’s flat.
The door was locked, and there was no answer.
Returning the next day, this time, the door was open.
And police found Christopher dead in his flat.
He was fully dressed, stretched out in his empty bathtub.
Around him were the remains of 10 burnt-out candles, crucifixes on every surface.
Salt had been poured along the bases of the walls and doorframes, and made into a geometric pattern by the flat’s entrance.
There were books in the flat about witchcraft, the occult, black magic.
And letters Christopher had written, but never sent.
In them, he claimed he’d been put under a curse.
When an autopsy was done, no evidence was found of foul play. But police investigators looked further into Christopher’s personal life.
And it was then they found something startling.
In the months before his death, Christopher had gone on a business trip to San Francisco.
He was an artists’ manager at a Seattle-based music company.
But his passion was the music of the ancient world. And while he was in San Francisco, he met a young woman who claimed she was an expert in the music of ancient Egypt – and a witch.
Christopher didn’t believe in witches, but the woman had unnerved him. So, when she made a pass at him, Christopher declined her advances.
Soon after he got back home, he’d become convinced the woman had cursed him for turning her down.
And that’s when he’d told his friends his life hung in the balance.
‘He left a message for me a week ago Monday,’ Sammye said shortly after Christopher’s body was found. ‘He said he was afraid and that the witch had been attacking him all night and cutting him. He said he’d woke up with little cuts on the ends of his fingers.’
Christopher told his friends he’d also wake in the morning to find his body covered in bruises, that there were shadows moving around his flat.
He’d called another friend and said he was going to stay in a hotel for safety. He’d talked about hiring someone to ‘confront’ the witch.
Then there was the salt. Since the earliest of times, salt has been used as a protection against unwanted psychic phenomena.
Christopher knew this from the books he’d been reading. He used the salt, along with the crucifixes in his flat, for protection.
He clearly felt the threat was very real.
But why had such a career-focused professional become so convinced he was cursed?
No-one knows who the mystery woman in San Francisco was. Was she really a powerful witch?
It seems no-one will ever know. Christopher Case took her identity to the grave…
Spells and curses are used by black-magic practitioners to take revenge. But such spells are dangerous, and may rebound on those who cast them. If someone believes they’ve been cursed, they may suffer nightmares, believe they’re being watched, and become paranoid and isolated.