COLORADO: Broomless Bruja

Like pressagents, oil promoters and manufacturers of face mud, witches must never allow a client to feel doubt about the product. This is particularly true in the matter of hexes and evil spells. When scraggly-haired, Mexican-born Mrs. Martina Cordova burned black candles and stirred up foul-smelling liquids in her Denver rooming house, she looked very impressive. But her method of applying and removing hexes was too routine.

Instead of thrusting pins into a dummy or crossing her eyes in a victim's presence, she simply mutilated his photograph. She removed curses by the same dreary system: applicants for de-hexing were told...

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