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The Pow-Wow Hex Murders

Spooky Doings In Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Episode 91 of True Crime Historian gives us a little lesson in the Pennsylvania Dutch Powwow mysticism traditions. Although it sounds like the Native American word for an inter-tribal gathering of dancing and feasting, the origins of the term in this context are obscure but refer to more European form of healing and the casting of spells — and hexes. In this story, a simple minded fellow named John Blymyer tries to rid himself and his friends of an evil curse. Yeah. Not gonna end well.

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