50 years ago Prison sentence for obeah, sunglasses lost

In the Dec. 1, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, a front-page story told of an East End woman who was found guilty of practicing obeah, a type of sorcery similar to voodoo, practiced in the West Indies by former West African slaves:

“Mrs. Doris Levy of East End, charged with being a person practising Obeah was found guilty and a sentence of 6 months imprisonment with hard labour was imposed.

“An appeal was lodged by Mr. Karl Brandon, her counsel, and bail in the sum of £50 was allowed, but it was understood that no one has come forward to stand bail and Mrs. Levy remains in custody.”

On page 5 of the same newspaper, an appeal was made to locate a pair of misplaced sunglasses:

“LOST in the vicinity of Tortuga Club on Sunday 28th, 1 pair of black-rimmed prescription sunglasses (without case). These belong to a Canadian visitor and are unsuitable for anyone else’s use. Will finder please return to The Caymanian office.”



  1. Back in the day Cayman did have witches, and warlocks.
    Most of them they claimed hailed from the eastern districts of Bodden Town and East End.
    There is much more to this Compass story that is being read, and there are persons who have seen these witches in action.
    Whether we want to believe that the generation of witches can be handed down is up to us; but follow the trail and see what is at the end.