Does a demon named Zozo prey on humans who experiment with Ouija boards? The idea might seem outlandish, but many people believe they’ve encountered the dark entity.
Oklahoma’s Darren Evans appears to have the most experience with Zozo. The self-proclaimed “zozologist” runs a site about the demon and appeared as himself in the 2012 film, I Am Zozo.
For Evans, it all started when he found a double-sided Ouija board at his girlfriend’s home near Tulsa. “Zozo” was inscribed on what Evans describes as the dark side of the board, and an entity by the same name seemingly controlled the planchette each time Evans and his friends sat down for a session. Darren soon became obsessed with the board and believed Zozo chose him to share information from the other side. Soon, the demon appeared on any Ouija board Evans used, not just the double-sided one.
Naturally, many people scoffed at Evans’ claim that he could summon a demon at will. Unperturbed, Evans hauled a Ouija board to skeptics’ homes and, in his words, turned them into believers. On one occasion, the board repeatedly spelled the word window. The group saw nothing outside, but when the homeowner went to the kitchen and glanced out the window, she saw a bald man peering in from the backyard. Evans and the woman later learned that the man had escaped from a nearby mental institution and that he had told cops the devil made him look in the window.
Zozo Gets Worse
In the early nineties, around five years after discovering Zozo, Evans had a nervous breakdown because he believed demons were following him in human form. His mom and grandmother performed an exorcism of sorts and Darren fell into a deep sleep for two days. While he slumbered, the women saw dark shadows flitting around the home.
However, Evans worst experience with Zozo came after the demon claimed it was going to devour his daughter’s soul and strike her with an “iron tongue.” The day after this warning, Evans’ three-year-old daughter nearly drowned in the tub and was later diagnosed with MRSA. She was hospitalized and kept in quarantine for two weeks, her swollen tongue hanging grotesquely from her mouth. The child survived, but it was then that Evans realized Zozo was nothing to be toyed with.
Today, Darren no longer plays with Ouija boards and runs Zozo the Ouija Spirit to share information about the demon and give others a chance to share their experiences. On October 18, Ghost Adventures will feature Evans’ story on an episode of the show.
Darren Evans isn’t the only Ouija board user to encounter Zozo. Chilling tales have appeared on True Ghost Tales, Ghost Theory, and Yahoo, among others. Once Zozo visits a user, the demon typically returns every time the person experiments with a Ouija board and will not allow any other spirit to communicate. After ending a session, Zozo victims experience everything from strange shadows and noises to apparitions and outright possessions, or so the stories go.
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