Article by Brent L. George
April 1, 2017
Photos by Melissa Lockett & edited by Wendy Maxam
The S.P.I.R.I.T. team was called to the home “Carly” in Mosquito, California. The only way to get to Carly’s home is via Mosquito Road, a steep, extremely winding, treacherous (but paved) one lane road, winding up and at one point crossing the Upper American River Canyon northeast of Placerville, California. The bridge was built in 1867 and is slated to be replaced in 2020.
The team arrived at the mountain home at 6:00 p.m.
This was an “All Hands on Deck” investigation due to the unanimous consensus by the team in corresponding with Carly prior to the investigation that she had inadvertently acquired a cursed object. Attending this one was Melissa, Brent, Jon, Wendy, Sebastian, and Kris.
Carly had unfortunately recently gone through a marital separation, and now living alone, had decided to purchase some used decorative items for her home – vases, pictures, Japanese art, and the like. Her sister collects unusual dolls, so when Carly found what was sold as an “unusual and adorable Mammy Doll” she knew she had to get it for her sister’s birthday.
The home already had some residual negative energy from her estranged husband’s girlfriend, who Carly said “gave her the creeps.” The sensitives in the S.P.I.R.I.T. group all felt that this woman had been in the home, and had very negative energy about her.
Upon receiving the Mammy Doll, whatever room the doll was kept in became so oppressive that Carly could not stand to be in that room.
Her dog “Snookers” lost his appetite, never played with his chew toys anymore, and was constantly reacting to something unseen in the home, standing on chairs and growling at the roof, and at times cowering under the table. Within days of receiving the doll, Carly’s charming mountain home was taken over by a dark oppressive feeling and dreariness. Carly herself said she had little energy and felt “wrong” in her own home. Three days after receiving the doll, she called the S.P.I.R.I.T. Paranormal Hotline for help. We scheduled her for our first available date, a week later, on April 1st.
Upon arrival the team was able to quickly zero in on the back upstairs bedroom, and the entire basement, but especially the back downstairs spare bedroom, as having the worst of the negative energy.
The downstairs back bedroom was the only room which set off the K2 meters – all the way to 5, but only sporadically around the room and especially on the bed, as if something were jumping on and off the bed.
Team members kept feeling something small brush past their legs in the room. Upon discovery of two urns in the closet that contained the remains of Carly’s two Jack Russell Terriers, the group’s sensitives surmised that we had discovered that the terriers were still around, keeping Carly and Snookers company.
Before we commenced with a full cleansing and blessing of the home, Carly asked us to remove the cursed object from her property.
She had been keeping the doll wrapped in black plastic in a shed in the back yard since she first spoke with us. She had also heeded our advice to sage, holy water and salt the doll as well as the box it came in, and the bag she wrapped it in, to keep its energy contained until we got there. As the doll was removed from the shed by Sebastian, the negativity coming off of it was palpable to every member of the group. Most group members did not want to even see or touch it.
Sebastian sealed the doll in a special container and removed it from the property. An ordained priest, and an expert in the occult, we felt that Sebastian was the best choice for removing the doll. As soon as he touched it he confirmed that it was what the group feared – not a harmless and adorable Mammy Doll but in fact a used Haitian Hoodoo doll with a dark curse attached to it and whoever owns it.
Hoodoo is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as a “Voodoo curse of African origin that uses an object to bring a person bad luck.”
While we know that Voodoo is a healing religious practice and has been a cherished belief system in its own culture, we realize its often mistaken counterpart Hoodoo is something else entirely, much more dark and dangerous. They are two distinct practices with two distinct sets of intent. The Hoodoo energy on this doll was quite real.
Upon removal of the doll from the property, a full cleansing of the home was performed using a white sage, Palo Santo, cedar and sweet grass smudge mixture, sandalwood incense was also used along with a white candle to bring in divine light; windows and doorways were salted and graveyard dirt was added due to the nature of the doll’s energy. We also used energy healing to infuse light into the home once again. We also gridded the property with specific crystals to prevent negative energy from returning. Carly was advised to continue smudging with white sage and pink Himalayan Salt to maintain the renewed positive energy in the home. By removing the cursed object from the property, the energy that had to be cleansed from the home was only residual, which is the easiest type of spectral or paranormal energy to clear from a space.
Carly’s “ghost dogs” will remain as they are positive and causing no harm.
By the time the S.P.I.R.I.T. members all arrived home at 11:30 p.m., we received a text from Carly that her home felt renewed and light again, and Snookers wanted and ate his dinner greedily, and was playing with his chew toys and acting like his old self.
The cursed Hoodoo doll will remain sealed in a blessed container in Sebastian’s Haunted Artifact Collection, on a special shielded shelf that is becoming quickly overcrowded with cursed objects. The doll must be blessed on a weekly basis as long as it exists.
Classification: Cursed / Haunted Object
A few more photos from the investigation…