Yahoo News – Forth Worth Star – Telegram
By Mark Price
Mon, November 20, 2023 at 7:57 AM EST
Messages in bottles are usually welcome finds on the beach, but a variation steeped in superstition and witchcraft is being found along the Gulf Coast along Texas.
The “witch bottles” — created to thwart evil spells — are being collected by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and staff are making a point of leaving them unopened.
That’s because “witch bottles” are the result of old-school spell casting, and studies have revealed such strange contents as iron nails, rusty pins, hair and urine.