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How Villagers Buried Bodies to Ward Off 'Demons'

Experts revisit case of skeletons buried with sickles

(Newser) - Want to keep a demon-skeleton from haunting your rural settlement? Just bury it with a sickle at its throat. That's what researchers are saying about four skeletons from the 17th and 18th centuries found buried with iron sickles around their necks in a Polish cemetery, Discovery reports. Writing in... More »

Charlie Charlie Challenge: Demon Calling Goes Viral

Teens are getting spooked

(Newser) - If you've been curious about the #CharlieCharlieChallenge hashtag popping up on Twitter over the past few days, here's a warning that this is nothing like last year's Ice Bucket Challenge —though participants may scream just as loud. The game, which CNN points out could be described... More »

'Haunted Doll' Market Is Pretty Scary

Buyers fork out big bucks for supposedly possessed items

(Newser) - Surf around eBay and Etsy and you'll find a niche market that's right out of Poltergeist: haunted dolls. This online subculture got some media attention after a reporter stumbled on it in eBay's "Everything Else" section, NPR reports. "There was an advert for something which... More »

King-Protecting 'Witchmarks' Uncovered in Home

Though King James I never made it to the Knole estate in Kent

(Newser) - Most old homes bear normal signs of wear and tear. The strange gouge marks beneath the floorboards of "one of Britain's most important historic houses," however, tell a pretty interesting story, the Independent reports: They were intended to guard King James I from witches and other evil... More »

Ariz. Teens: Call Us When You Need An Exorcism

'I see demons,' says leader

(Newser) - There's a lot of evil in Arizona. Now the state has its own exorcism squad of teen girls who boast they've successfully cast out demons. "We're just normal girls who do something extraordinary for God," one of the trio, 17-year-old Brynne Larson, tells ABC News... More »

'Gay Exorcism' at Conn. Church Draws Ire of Rights Groups

Boy, 16, thrashes and vomits in YouTube clip

(Newser) - A Connecticut church is under fire for performing a “gay exorcism,” WPIX-TV reports. A video posted on YouTube (since removed) by Manifested Glory Ministries shows priests commanding “homosexual demons” to leave the body of a 16-year-old boy. During the ritual the boy thrashes around, and even vomits.... More »

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