Superstitions of Criminals

These generalised recountings of superstition and folklore, presumably from Britain but not clearly marked as such (for example in this article where only the first incident, which states it’s location, in clearly labelled as having come from an overseas source) are made interesting by how common they are as a feature of the pre-war press in New Zealand. The lack of clear delineation as to the location of these beliefs, along with the ubiquity of accounts of them , raises the question of the effect of this kind of reporting on the population at large

THIEVES’ SUPERSTITIONS.
PRESS, VOLUME LIX, ISSUE 17673, 27 JANUARY 1923

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19230127.2.50?query=hoodoo%20arrested

With thanks to the National Library of New Zealand

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