The author of the Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, stated that he thought it was important to write the Exorcist because if it could be shown that the devil is real, then God must be real as well. That is not to say, however, that you should attempt to prove the reality of God to yourself by using the Ouija board. The very real danger to both your physical and mental health are both very real and should never be taken lightly.
Suffice it to say playing or experimenting with the Ouija board is a little like putting your hands in muddy water where there are both piranhas and goldfish. The goldfish are harmless but it is not likely that they will be what is attracted to your hands.
I am prompted to write this article in the hopes of warning young people or anyone else who might be tempted to use a Ouija board either for entertainment or to “contact the other side,” of the very real and potentially devastating dangers of using the device. I am hoping that in this case, informing the public will outweigh any curiousity that may result. I feel that if anyone who finds themselves in a situation where others are using the Ouija board and knows of the dangers will realize that the thing is not some harmless toy or game (even though most are manufactured by a toy company).
If, on the other hand, one is mentally unbalanced enough to want to experiment with a board after knowing the dangers not only to their mental stability but quite possibly to their entire future life, it is also quite possible that they might have found some other means of self-destruction.
I am further prompted to write this from my own experience with the board, although I did not personally use it.
To make a very long story short, a brother and sister that were very close to me were bored one evening, bought a Ouija board and began playing with it. Before very long the brother became obsessed with the board, and another individual reported that she had once discovered him playing chess against the board. On a fateful evening when the brother and sister were playing with the board, the brother suddenly screamed and shuddered and announced to his sister that he was going to kill her. He began chasing her and she ran away and locked herself in the bathroom. She reported that he then plunged a knife into the door hard enough that the blade came out the other side. Then the attack stopped as suddenly as it began, but other attacks followed. Eventually the brother was briefly committed to a mental institution and is now living on the streets, unable to hold down a job or maintain a relationship.
Those who remember the movie, The Exorcist, may remember that the possession of Linda Blair’s character began as the result of her playing with a Ouija board and contacting an entity that referred to himself as “Captain Howdy.” What they may not realize is that the book (and movie) by William Peter Blatty, is based on the true story of a boy from Cottage City, Maryland.
There are numerous other cases on record, enough, in fact, to make one wonder why the toy and game company that manufactures them continues to do so, and why government has not stepped in to restrict the use of the boards to adults.
Several cases have resulted in murder, attempted murder or self-defense killings including the case of a 15-year-old, who, along with her mother, was convicted of the shotgun slaying of her father in the 1930s. Her only defense was that she believed a Ouija board had told her to do so.
After experimenting with a board Carol Sue Elvaker of Minco, Oklahoma killed her son-in-law and attempted to kill her daughter and two grandchildren. She was found not guilty by reason of insanity.
In what was probably the largest number of people to be arrested due to what authorities referred to as a Ouija board “hysteria” El Cerrito, California police arrested seven people including a 15-year-old girl who was found naked and an El Cerrito police officer. The arrests and hysteria resulted in the only case I could confirm of official action being taken against the boards. They were banned in El Cerrito.
On Ghostvillage.com, Jennifer from Illinois shared the following story of her encounter with the Ouija:
Jennifer remembers that when she was 7-years-old, growing up in the Midwest. After a number of spooky occurrences, such as her room being ransacked and a typed note stating that she hated her brother, whom she missed very much, terrifying dreams, odd noises, a feeling of being rubbed when no one was present and so on, a visiting aunt, who also happened to be an evangelistic Christian visited.
Her aunt was overcome by a feeling of evil in the house and traced it to the Ouija board that Jennifer played with. It was after the decision was made to destroy the board that things got really weird. Jennifer, her aunt and mother took the board outside to a burn barrel in the yard. After starting a roaring fire, the Ouija board was thrown, only it would not burn or even char. In fact, the fires that had been lit went out almost immediately after the board was thrown in.
After hours of attempting to burn the board, Jennifer’s uncle and father arrived. They were about to put diesel fuel on the board when they decided instead to pray and the board instantly burst into a ball of flames and disappeared before their eyes.
According to a post by a Native American lady named Mia from Denver, playing with the Ouija board when she was 11 years old resulted in the conjuring of a spirit who called himself Arthur. Mia states that she cannot remember a lot of what occurred but according to those around her she acted possessed and reports that she was told her brown eyes would turn green. After a baptism, the spirits apparent left her but hung around her house, once nearly killing her sister while she was in a crawlspace. The spirits apparently made themselves home in the crawlspace and she, her son and husband all reported hearing the sound of someone walking around in cowboy boots in the crawlspace.