Memphis has a new crime trend: thieves have been stealing hair weave bundles, and these “hair heists” have resulted in at least four people being killed. According to a report by local station WMC Action News 5, though, some Tennesseans think they’ve identified the source of the problem: cursed hair.

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Within the last ten months, 18 beauty supply shops around Memphis have been targeted, according to WMC Action News 5, and the robbers are making off with hair, not cash. Hair on the black market can go from $10 to $300 a pack, depending on the length and the quality. However, now some locals have decided that the money isn’t the motive—it’s that the hair itself is haunted by evil spirits, and it’s making everyone crazy.

WMC’s video report features the YouTube confessional of one woman who believes there was a “bad omen” on the woman whose hair the weave came from, which “came on top of my head, and I took on her spirit.”

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Others took to Facebook, via the report, where they discussed how to beat back the bad vibes possibly left in their purchased strands.

One woman wrote: “Do you know the history of the hair’s original owner? What type of spirit did that person have? You may be buying a person’s hair and their demonic spirit.”

Another woman wrote: “Maybe the reason so many people are doing ungodly things has a lot to do with the fact that many of the purchases are made in other countries that worship false gods.”

Most weave comes from China, India and other Asian countries—countries where religions like Hinduism and Islam have nothing to do with the apparently Christian concerns of those who fear demonic weave possessions—as well as Brazil. Dr. Bill Adkins, a local pastor at Greater Imani Cathedral of Faith, says that spirited objects aren’t mentioned in the Bible but are recorded in other religions from Africa and the West Indies. Perhaps the best solution is to just put whatever your own personal juju is on whatever you buy, no matter your religion—just like the woman who wrote, “I personally pray over everything I purchase.”

You gotta do what you gotta do.


Contact the author at Hillary@jezebel.com.

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Image via screenshot/the stellar graphics teams at WMC Action News 5.