It might not need to be said, but Ouija boards have a long, scary, and complicated history. First invented in 1890, over the last century its prominence in popular culture has reverberated through every American household. However, as we’ll soon discover, its reputation and popularity varied widely over time. One thing is for certain, scary and dark stories have followed the game. But, with so many myths and legends, what is the truth about Ouija boards? From Ouija board rules to its dark history, here are 25 Spooky Ouija Board Facts.
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When first created, the Ouija board got its name after asking what it wanted to be called.
Proprietor William Fuld gained exclusive rights to manufacture and sell the Ouija boards and amassed a grand fortune on their sales. The Ouija board told him to construct a new building, claiming to "Prepare for big business," and while overseeing its construction in Baltimore, he plummeted to his death in a freak accident.
The creator of the Ouija board, Elijah Bond, never received proper recognition for creating the board. However, in 2007, a collector and fan Robert Murch erected a Ouija board tombstone and put it over Bond's unmarked grave.
While using the Ouija board in 2015 on Christmas Eve, Paul Carroll was convinced his dog was possessed by a demon. In response, he killed his Bedlington Terrier and unsuccessfully tried to hide the fact. Authorities still ended up finding the body and arrested Carroll.