Considered one of very few female African-American serial killers, Josephine Virginia Gray’s husbands and boyfriends had a nasty habit of being murdered after making her the beneficiary of their life insurance policies.
Those around her believed Josephine’s claims that she was a voodoo queen and practitioner of black magic. Intimidated by her powers, they refused to testify against her, lest she put a curse on them causing them to wind up dead too.
TCNT: Helen Deakin reviews the band “The Madeline Rust”.
Aussie As: A Brisbane man had himself a bit of a mischief when he laughed so hard at a joke he heard on breakfast radio that he crashed his car and knocked himself unconscious.
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Voodoo Queen Sources: Voodoo Killer Josephine Gray, Samantha Reed, Published August 9th, 2018 , United States v. Josephine Virginia Gray, court documents, April 29th, 2005, Voodoo grandmother accused of triple killing in insurance fraud trial, Charles Laurence, The Telegraph, August 4, 2002, Whispers of Witchcraft, Maureen O’Hagan, The Washington Post, January 2, 2002 , Granny in deep voodoo – ‘black widow ‘on trial in triple slay, Jamie Schram, The New York Post, July 29, 2002, Woman guilty of insurance fraud she collected $165,000 after deaths of 3 men, Gail Gibson, BaltimoreSun.com, August 17, 2002, Montgomery police charge woman with murder in deaths of two husbands Voodoo fears undermined earlier cases against her, Dennis O’Brien, BaltimoreSun.com, January 5, 2002, A feared woman, 3 killings and allegations of voodoo. She collected benefits, is charged with fraud, Dennis O’Brien , BaltimoreSun.com, December 8, 2001
Aussie As Sources: A breakfast radio joke led to a chain reaction that landed a Brisbane man in hospital for almost a week, Shiloh Payne, The Courier Mail, February 19th, 2020, Aussie Man Crashes Into Truck And Is Hospitalised After Laughing So Hard At Joke, Stewart Perrie, Ladbible, 20 February, 2020.