Post by Graveyardbride on Apr 2, 2016 13:23:26 GMT -5
New Orleans Witch Accused of Trafficking in Human Bones
About twenty minutes from my house in New Orleans is what we call the poor man's graveyard. Most graveyards around here are full of above ground graves because we live in a fish bowl. For those of us who are too poor to afford above ground burial.
When it rains of course bones wash up, the older the gravce the more you find. You can literally walk around and see femurs, teeth, jaws, skull caps, etc. etc. This is where I fo to find my human bones for curse work and general spells that require bone (I find human bones are easier for work with for me rather than animal bone. I can relate and work with the energy they carry if that makes any sense). Anyways I wanted to see if I started 'selling' (basically cover shipping to where ever you happen to be) if people would be interested? I know human bones aren't easy to come by and I usually have left overs. I only go once a month, or when it rains here. – Ender Darling
In December of last year, Devon Marie Machua, a self-styled New Orleans witch who calls herself Ender Darling, took to social media sites (Tumblr and Facebook) and offered to sell human bones from a graveyard near her home. The burial ground in question is Holt Cemetery, which began as a potter’s field, and the graves and grounds are poorly maintained.
Eventually Darling’s posts caught the eye of state authorities and the Louisiana Attorney General's Office ordered "periodic surveillance" of Darling’s South Solomon Street home for six days. The house was raided in January and Darling, age 24, stands accused of stealing at least 13 bones and three human teeth and attempting to sell them online. Investigators also subpoenaed Darling’s Facebook account, which consisted of more than 12,000 pages of information. According to court records, the messages confirmed the woman started taking bones from the graveyard on November 16, 2015, “primarily acting alone, but also with a roommate.”
Darling denied the allegations. "I wasn't selling anything," she insisted. "It was, 'You cover how much it takes to ship it.' This is me passing along something I feel nature has given me. I don't want money for this.” Darling also defended her actions in an interview with WWL-TV, saying, “I’m from New Orleans too and I live there too. I have family members buried in that graveyard too. So ya’ll can stop treating me like some tourist that just came out of fucking nowhere is what you can do.” She also admonished authorities for neglecting the city’s cemeteries.
No charges have yet been brought against Darling, however, some of the other occupants of the dwelling were issued summonses for possession of marijuana.
Once Darling’s activities were publicized people became outraged and the witch has since relocated to Florida, citing fear for herself and her daughter. “People were getting really serious about this, and it was all over me picking up bones,” Darling explained. “It’s a very special place to me, but my physical safety is more important.”
Two of Darling’s former roommates, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they had nothing to do with Darling’s bone collection or related rituals. “I think she thought she had way more power than she actually had,” one of them said.
Sources: John Binder, The Hayride; Patheos and The New Orleans Advocate.