UK Reports Rise in Crimes Linked to Voodoo Dolls, Black Magic

A victim was allegedly coerced into using a voodoo doll and performing black magic on others by an unnamed suspect, according to Merseyside police.

Another person wanted by the West Mercia police was a letter-bearer who had threatened to hurt the recipients using various voodoo rituals.

Newly released statistics show that police forces around the United Kingdom have examined hundreds of claims of voodoo and witchcraft.

Since 2018, at least 175 occultists have been accused of crimes, according to an information request to police agencies, with the most outlandish accusations including allegations of abuse and assault involving voodoo dolls and curses.

Among the more peculiar examples that were unearthed were those involving a guy who threatened to harm his probation officer with black magic and a suspect from West Mercia who reportedly wrote letters threatening to employ voodoo methods.

The Nottinghamshire police investigated seventy-eight accusations, while the Humberside police handled sixty, six of which were individuals claiming that curses had rendered them physically helpless.

In one case, a lady went to the police, fearing for her life as a result of her alleged witchcraft.

Due to the lack of public interest in conducting official investigations and prosecutions, most reports were rejected, as shown in the information request.

Cases involving concerns about mental health or domestic violence, however, prompted further investigations into a few of them.

Supernatural myths have recently seen a surge in internet popularity, which has coincided with an uptick in so-called witches. Two million times last year on TikTok were hashtags relating to witches.

Several of the platform’s most famous “witches,” meanwhile,” get millions of views with each video.

The Witchcraft Act 1735 was abolished in 1951, decriminalizing witchcraft.

At least 500 persons, primarily women, were beheaded for their suspected occultism during the two hundred years when witchcraft was considered a capital offense.

The Pendle witch trials of 1612 were among the most well-known in England. Twelve local women were suspected of being witches; 10 of them were executed for their supposed transgressions.

People often think of the Pendle Witches today when they hear the region’s name.