The Downfall of Doctor John

The famous witch doctor, Doctor John was brought into court in New Orleans a few times in connection with showers of rocks and stones there were allegedly from supernatural forces. This had happened in the neighborhood in which he lived, but somehow he was always able to come up with an alibi that proved that he was not anywhere near the scene of the crime when it took place. Police would show up to the site and be completely dazed and confused as they watched rocks fly through the air from no where. No one was ever seen throwing them as well.

However, Doctor John was able to stop these rocks from flying, but of course for a fee. One case shows that slaves of Mr. Samuel Wilson paid Doctor John a total of $62 dollars to take care of the rocks. Doctor John was said to have collected a fortune from Voodoo practices. It was believed at one point that he possessed $150,000 dollars cash buried on the grounds of his property. He did however have a generous reputation of giving food to his poor neighbors who needed help. As he grew older money became a burden and he was unable to manage all of his affairs.

He would never trust a bank with his cash for fear that he would never see it again. He tried to invest in small businesses such as the local grocery but they all failed. Many of his wives and children also began to leave with money that he had. Then, he decided that he had to learn how to read and write to better his situation. But one day, he was tricked into signing the bottom of a piece of paper, and with this signature he lost every possession that he ever owned. He then had no choice but to move in the house of one of his children, and shortly after that he died at the age of 82 in 1885. This man left significant marks in Voodooism, being theĀ  person to mix Catholicism and snake worship, and the first person to devote his powers to reading the future and to healing.

(Source: Tallant, Robert. Voodoo in New Orleans. 1994)

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