Ouija board possession story needs no demons (UPDATE: drug use?)

I hate to be cynical about stuff like this but there is nothing impressive about this story at all.

Ouija Board ‘Possesses’ 3 With Demonic Spirits in Mexico: ‘We’re Going to Die,’ Says Young Woman (VIDEO).

A Oujia board led to three people being “possessed” by evil or demonic spirits in San Juan Tlacotenco, Mexico, according to reports. Three Americans— 22-year-old Alexandra Huerta, her brother, 23-year-old Sergio and their cousin, 18-year-old Fernando Cuevas— had to be hospitalized after falling into a trance, growling and reporting hallucinations.

The Ouija board possession began only a few minutes into their experience. The three used the board, which has letters, numbers, words and occult symbols, to communicate with otherworldly spirits. Soon, Alexandra began to growl and thrash around uncontrollably.

And she says they were going to die.

As expected, this was covered by the Daily Mail, U.K. who thrive on sensational stuff. Sorry if this rings COMPLETELY of hysteria and the kids playing off one another. It’s no different than the “possessions” that occur in classrooms. The kids may really feel strange but they are not possessed. No one has ever been possessed, actually, though lots of people claim to have been or have seen it.

People will undoubtedly overreact at this but it is nothing anyone can’t rather easily reproduce – no supernatural entities needed.


This is CERTAINLY not convincing. These kids are playing off what “possession” is supposed to look like.

The ouija board has long been associated with contacts with spirits and demons. But you can call up Satan or destroy the board or whatever and NOTHING happens. Nothing. It’s a superstition. The Ouija board is a game that uses the ideomotor effect to move the planchette. It’s rather obvious these kids believe in the outrageous tales of conjuring demons.

The Straight Dope: How does a Ouija board work?.

Ouija board – The Skeptic’s Dictionary.

UPDATE (1-Jul-2014) The Daily Mail is reporting that they can reveal that the girl, Alexandra Huerta, was an orphan. She used the Ouija board with her brother and cousin after taking the halluciniagenic drug Brugsmansia, also known as Angel’s trumpet. While this can account for the behavior, along with the preexisting belief in demons, some of the commenters suggest that the board and the drugs opened the door for her to be possessed!

Figures. It’s the Daily Mail. But it does not seem farfetched as there are suggestions that the drug use is common. The story is that she was trying to contact her dead parents. Regardless, there are no demons. There is culture and maybe a little chemical help involved.

The girl’s family is not happy with the emergency response people who took the video. They have threatened to sue.

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  5 comments for “Ouija board possession story needs no demons (UPDATE: drug use?)

  1. Nos482
    June 23, 2014 at 10:26 PM
    • James G
      June 24, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      Great link; I love their brand of information twisted together with pointed sarcasm :D

      As for the story, I don’t know what to say. I’m saddened that events like this gain any traction in the media. As in the other three, there is a race to the bottom in the fourth estate.

    • busterggi
      June 24, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Thanks, somehow I missed that when it came out.

  2. Indrid Cole
    June 24, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Maybe the fact that they blasted a fattie of Acapulco Gold before their Ouija session had something to do with it.

    • June 24, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      Reference?

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