The Ouija Board comes into play in this story – and in an odd way!
This story was referenced in an article in Psychology Today called the Sixth Sense and it undoubtedly outraged skeptics, lawyers and judges. It involves a jury and how a few of the members investigated the case on their own. We found it hilarious. After all, jurors are given strict guidelines, but apparently no one told these jurors that seances were off-limits.
In 1994, Stephen Young, an insurance broker, went on trial in England for the shootings of Harry and Nicola Fuller at their cottage in Wadhurst, East Sussex, in February of the previous year. Young was deeply in debt and the newlyweds had lots of cash stored in their house.
On the night of the first day of trial, several jurors had drinks together and afterwards four of them created a makeshift Ouija board and attempted to contact one of the victims. To their surprise, Harry Fuller joined their party and told them that Young was the murderer. ”I was crying by this time, and the other ladies were upset as well,” one juror later commented. The next morning they reported their findings to the other jurors. When the judge found out about the Ouija session, he ordered a mistrial.
Young was retried later that year and found guilty, this time by evidence only from living witnesses.