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Did Voodoo Kill Michael Jackson? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   

There is a fascinating article in the Phoenix New Times at  I recommend reading all 6 pages of it to get the full flavor of all the varieties of woo-ness it contains. Sedona healer Reinalda de Souza is claiming that she killed Michael Jackson - with voodoo!

She claims to be trained in just about every kind of alternative medical woo-woo (rhymes with voodoo), including acupuncture, reflexology, aromatherapy, Ayurvedic medicine, dowsing, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, divination, massage, and lithotherapy. She treated Jackson with lithotherapy, having him bathe in tubs filled with agate, garnet, and aventurine. In a further treatment:

De Souza set about curing Jackson of what she called his "unnatural desire" through the use of black onyx and acupuncture applied directly to Jackson's genitals. Often she would leave Jackson on a massage table, completely nude, with long needles protruding from his privates, while De Souza went grocery shopping. She has photos of Jackson in this unusual state, which she shared for this report.

For payment, she asked for the skeleton of the "Elephant Man" which Jackson owns, (she loved the movie). When he failed to deliver, she sought revenge:

In front of the photo in a tin ashtray are a lock of jet-black hair, a small mound of nail clippings, and what look like skin shavings, all purportedly from Jackson. On the floor are three wooden bowls from which blood has spilled over. The rotting carcass of a baby Rottweiler lies before the bowls, its throat slit, a bloody knife next to it. In the corner of the room is a plain, white, voodoo-type doll with pins in its chest. Scrawled over the walls in the dog's dried blood is the phrase "JACKO DIES."

Apparently Jackson was no stranger to voodoo. In a 2003 Vanity Fair article Maureen Orth said he once paid $150,000 for a Malian witch doctor named Baba to have 42 cows ritually sacrificed as part of a ceremony enacted to kill off "25 people on Jackson's enemies list," including media mogul David Geffen and film director Steven Spielberg.

De Souza has saved various Jackson artifacts, like a cup he drank from that still bears his lipstick on the rim, and she is planning on selling them.

She admits that Jackson died from drugs but implies that her Candomblé curse was what caused people to administer those drugs to Jackson. She warns her other customers that they'd better pay her or face similar consequences.

An online poll asked if de Souza really killed Michael Jackson with a voodoo curse. 25% said yes, 62.5% said no, and 12.5% said maybe.

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Apologising in advance: Personally, I...
written by mohmoo, July 14, 2009
... blame it on the Boogie.
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Frankly, IMHO, there's a more interesting voodoo story brewing in South Jersey
written by inquisitiveraven, July 14, 2009
This incident looks like it could be quite fascinating.
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Actually...
written by mohmoo, July 14, 2009
If she honestly believes she caused the drug overdose and killed him through her actions: isn't there a case she should be charged with attempted murder?
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written by Zoroaster, July 14, 2009
No, she's right the DA will never charge her. She's going to get away scott free! Now cruelty to animals, that's another story, poor puppy. And those 42 cows Jacko had killed, and Spielberg is still alive and kicking, what a waste! And people get after Ozzie Osbourne for biting the head off one bat. There's just no justice in Tinseltown.
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written by Otara, July 14, 2009
In what world does it make good business practise to tell your customers you'll kill them if they annoy you? A surer way of never seeing them again after the first bill is paid I cant think of.
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Quick Change
written by TDjazz, July 14, 2009
She should be arrested and charged with MJ's murder--then you'll see how quickly she'll change her tune and admit she has no powers.
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written by MadScientist, July 15, 2009
I couldn't help but laugh at the genital acupuncture. It's reminiscent of buying snacks like skewered 'fish balls' on the streets of any number of Asian cities: "will that be one ball, sir, or two?"

Alternatively the acupuncturist can introduce more needles: would you like your nuts to be decorated like a sea urchin?

If I saw someone walking down the streets with multiple piercings and objects resembling knitting needles protruding from his scrotum I'd know he's one BAD dude and I'd give him plenty space - he'd need it for the needles.
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written by SgtSkepper, July 15, 2009
I feel a little foolish pointing out another reason why this woman is blatantly wrong, but Jackson actually never even owned John Merrick's skeleton. There were reports, denied by Jackson, that he tried to buy the skeleton, but it's still owned by Royal London Hospital.
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written by Harpyja, July 15, 2009
She should be arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
Particularly because she has photographic evidence of it.

By the way, according to the article, De Souza believes that her curse killed Jackson, not the Demerol.
"They think someone pumped him full of Demerol," she spat, her rage building. "It was a curse I learned long ago in São Paulo [Brazil] that stopped his heart. As soon as your story hits the street, the whole world will know that I — Dr. Reinalda de Souza — killed Jacko!"


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Not skeptical enough...
written by leaford, July 15, 2009
I'm pretty sure this is a hoax. Read the comments. Posters point out the writer is a character from the Mary Tyler Moore sho, and the psychic's name is a variation on a famous brazillian soccer player's name. The Phoenix New Times apparently has printed hoax articles about celebrities deaths before, such as Anna Nicole Smith.

ANd the only google search results on the psychic are references to the same article.
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And by the way...
written by TF, July 15, 2009
...MJ did never own the Elephant Man's bones...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...eleton.jpg
This was a hoax in the 90s I think.
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written by Otara, July 15, 2009
A hoax about someone obviously lying isnt very clever though is it? All it changes is who was spouting rubbish, not that rubbish was being spouted.
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written by MadScientist, July 15, 2009
@TDJazz: Of the 20+ judges I've met over the years I don't know a single one who would want to waste time trying a nut like that. They have real criminals to deal with.

@SgtSkepper: I thought the 'elephant man' was Joseph Merrick?
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written by SgtSkepper, July 15, 2009
Oops. Yeah you're right. My mistake.
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written by deavman, July 16, 2009
It was obviously a hoax....

http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2009-07-16/news/michael-jackson-spoof-outed-and-connecting-the-dots-between-shawna-forde-and-her-ideological-confederates/2
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For a bunch of alleged Skeptics
written by Xiphos, July 18, 2009
ya'll feel for this hook line and sinker. Don't feel too bad about it whenever Phoenix New Times does this, and they've done it it plenty, they fool alot of people local and national. The thing is that if you read the stories carefully they lard them with all sorts of clues that point to the story being a fake out.

One time they did a fake story about Anna Nichole Smith getting knocked up by a Native American pool cleaner from one of the resorts and a national "news" organization picked the story up and ran with it because of the custody battle of over the "kid".

Then the New Times did a story about a group of rich gormounds that eat endangered species like in the movie The Freshman. That one had a large out pouring of nut jobs even AFTER they copped to the joke.
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They Fooled Me
written by The SkepDoc, July 18, 2009
I suspected it might not be true, and I checked Snopes and looked for debunking on the Internet and found nothing. I wasn't familiar with the reputation of the paper. Still, the fact that anyone could take the article seriously is a measure of how much real woo-woo is out there. Acupuncture, lithotherapy and voodoo are really practiced. Does anyone know if the story about Jackson ordering the slaughter of all those cows was true?
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