Investigating the Haitian Zombie (Part 6/6)

By | January 28, 2020

Crescent’s peristyle, I’ve been plagued by questions
regarding the man I saw locked in the shed. Unlike classic descriptions of
the zombie, this man was not shy nor sullen. Indeed, he was screaming. It would be equally foolish to
blindly trust or completely dismiss what I have seen. But I can say with certainty
that it chilled me to the very threads of my cultural
tapestry. Today, I’m going back to the
rice fields of Artibonite to collect the potions that
Crescent has promised. I meet with Alex, who fears
Crescent may attempt to rob us and so has brought his friend
from the special forces. Hamilton. SERGE: Serge. HAMILTON MORRIS: Serge serves
as the personal bodyguard to the president’s sister’s
husband. Alex has brought along a magical
potion to protect us. Serge has brought a duffel bag
full of guns and takes a moment before we leave
to hide one under each seat in the car. Again, we drive for many hours
and find the roads completely blocked with a large
funeral procession supporting a wooden coffin. As we walk through the fields,
I am facing the unknown. I have no idea what to
expect from Crescent. He could give me the poison, or
poison me with the poison, or shoot me in the
face 14 times. We are deep in the country, and
should we need help, it will be unavailable. At first, I find this
frightening, but I’m comforted knowing that Alex’s lithe, agile
body will be quick to respond to any threats. CRESCENT: [SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: We arrive at
Crescent’s, bearing gifts of Barbancourt rum to show
our goodwill. He seems pleased, but I’m
anxious to see this new poison and how it might differ from the
last, seemingly inactive powder he gave me. Can we see the powder, then? CRESCENT: [SPEAKING CREOLE] ALEX: They call it the weapon. CRESCENT: [SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: Does he
still have any of the ingredients left over? ALEX: [SPEAKING CREOLE] CRESCENT: [SPEAKING CREOLE] ALEX: He said you
to let me see if a laboratory, where he concocts
his leaf medicines. But he says that I must
accompany him alone, so Alex stays behind. CRESCENT: [SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: Can you ask
ask him what he was just crushing up? ALEX: [SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: Ah. The skull of the boy. Can you ask him if he has
retrieved from a child’s coffin and presented to me. I’m delighted to find he’s given
not only a poison but also a new powered antidote. -[SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: That’s
the brown container? -[SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: How much money
does he want for those two bottles? ALEX: [SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: 15, 16,
17, 1,000 US dollars. CRESCENT: [SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: At last, my
mission is accomplished. Yet, the man holding the poison
has a face strikingly similar to the zombie
I saw yesterday. -[SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: Would Crescent
make so shameless an attempt to fool me? CRESCENT: [SPEAKING CREOLE] HAMILTON MORRIS: I went to
Haiti to investigate a mystery, and a mystery is
exactly what I found. Upon my return to New York,
I bring the powders to the laboratory of my friend,
Jason Wallach. Hello. I’ve brought some samples of
zombie poison from Haiti. JASON WALLACH: All right. We can look and see
what’s in these. HAMILTON MORRIS: He subjects
the powder to extensive chemical analysis. JASON WALLACH: Let’s say
100 milligrams is probably good to start. HAMILTON MORRIS: First filtering
material to find it contains a large quantity of
sand and numerous unidentified hairs, likely of goat origin. The remaining material is then
extracted to detect alkaloids and run through TLC and GCMS. When he’s finally finished, we
can say that we know for certain the secret ingredients,
allele alcohol and methylparaben, two
non-psychoactive chemicals commonly found in cosmetic
products. And so our powder is inactive. Fake is too certain of a word to
use, but pharmacologically speaking, it’s certainly
inactive. And in terms of TTX content,
the potions Davis collected were practically inactive
as well. So what can one make of
an inactive powder? Within the magical belief system
of Haiti, zombification would be possible in the absence
of any active drug. That is to say, the pure power
of their belief in magic could produce self-induced,
psychological zombification. I saw a man in a shed, making
some unusual sounds. Whether his condition was caused
by a Bizango bokor, I cannot say. In Haiti, I know the placebo
can take on new heights of untold potency. And whether my inactive poison
is truly inactive cannot be said outside of that strange
Caribbean island. I watched a man in the throes
of spiritual possession, and swam with the puffer, and
had a mysterious powder transdermally applied
to my forearm. But my search is not yet over. I promised the goddess Erzulie
that I would return to Haiti. And I have no intentions of
breaking her vengeful heart. WADE DAVIS: We never could prove
that Narcisse had gone through this experience. My research was totally
misinterpreted by the media. What I had or had not discovered
was always kind of exaggerated. I was sent down to Haiti by a
linear, rational, Descartian scientist, to quote unquote,
“Find the drug that’s used to make zombies.” Well, no drug can
make a social phenomena. And in the end, instead of
finding the drug used to make zombies, I found myself
investigating the social and psychological and spiritual and
political and historical dimensions of a chemical
possibility. And the whole purpose of the
research, in the end, was not prove zombies existed, which it
did, but really to take a phenomena, that as I say, had
been used in this explicitly racist way and turn it on its
head, make sense of the sensation, and in doing so, try
to draw attention to the preconceptions and
misconceptions that we had about this extraordinary
worldview, of Haitian vodou, and that this was not a black
magic cult, but this was an amazingly complex metaphysical

100 thoughts on “Investigating the Haitian Zombie (Part 6/6)

  1. Juan Ramos Post author

    4:29 "one must be very discreet about these things" brings in camera to where later the entire world can see

  2. Anthony P Post author

    The only “weapon” this dude has is that Damon Stoudamire jersey LOL!

  3. TheLivingWeirdo Post author

    I’m Haitian and I’m Very Disappointed 🤦🏾‍♂️

  4. Jackson Davis Post author

    this vid should be called "Haitian man scams skinny hipster then dies in an earthquake"

  5. Alex Kinsey Post author

    Shoulda known I wasn’t gona see two people eating each other.

  6. Urban _cultivator 420 Post author

    He knew it was game powder he just didn't want any confrontation we though they had the straps

  7. O.G. Miklo Post author

    Why didn’t you just find a fish full of that poison and the toads and snakes and skulls and all that other [email protected] and make the powder yourself…?

  8. jules casablanca Post author

    6 episodes and i watched this bullshit. Duplicate zombie and duplicate powder

  9. Josue Vargas Post author

    Good thing i just watched the last two minutes of this series, saves me from watching all the damn parts to it

  10. John Doe Post author

    He is annoying bro does too much talking and seems like a weenie , they got his dumbass tell him to hang the camera up and gain some weight

  11. Chanko Nabe Post author

    You infect your intended victim with the ebola virus strain then after the victim is deceased you then apply the zombie powder and thus you have your zombie💡.

  12. Ben Dover Post author

    So the guy tells you he doesn’t want you to get him caught then you take a special forces person with you ?

  13. Leon the sage Post author

    Doesn't want to break her vengeful heart? We all know you going back for the lady herself lol

  14. Jacob Galloway Post author

    What a grumpy old fucker. He should feel blessed to get a quarter out of him. He's a straight con man.

  15. WindiGreens Post author

    'Occult' means 'hidden'. If there's any truth to the occult, I'm willing to bet they aren't allowed to openly reveal any of their secrets.

  16. Johnny B Post author

    We shall never share our secrets with white men. You destroy and weaponize everything in your path

  17. OGD family Post author

    Black magic they do this stuff everywhere no just there y’all stupid y’all finna catch a bad spirit keep playing with them

  18. Anal Bajanal Post author

    I just watched 6 parts of a documentary from 2012 just for it to end in bullshit why was Vice ever popular to begin with

  19. Adiel Ben Judah Post author

    I got some 4inch pubes you can cop for $500 a hair! Shits strong as fuck. Get you high all night B.

  20. six six s ix Post author

    "Alex has brought along a magical potion to protect us. Serge has brought a duffle bag full of guns"

  21. marissac870 Post author

    This was fucked I liked that barefooted dude until he became just like bokor" just spewing nonsense at the end. He spoke in tongues. Literally. That was a bunch of words. We all got scammed!

  22. Ebola IE Post author

    goddamn Hamilton you need to eat some goddamn food goddammit

  23. Nic Moreno Post author

    how the hell did you get unknown powders thru customs

  24. Qui-Gon Jin Post author

    Crescent: it must be kept away from others
    The 636k people watching: 😐

  25. Mr Koo1aid 540 Post author check me out 🌊🌊🏊🏼‍♂️🏊🏼‍♂️🏊🏼‍♂️🏊🏼‍♂️✨✨✨✨🎉🎉

  26. Anno Neemus Post author

    it's a scam. psychological at best. haven't you heard of acting?

  27. Frances Post author

    Hamilton should investigate Action Bronsons kitchen next👌💡

  28. Rashad Lockhart Post author

    Shout out to the Coast Guard whoot whoot 🤪

  29. Rodney Greenway Post author

    Haha. You got hustled homeboy. Unless the power is in the spell and not in the potion. But seems like they put on a show for you.

  30. Lost Tapez Post author

    Does anyone remember the real zombie video tilt his day I cant find it anywhere It was pre 2012 period it was very real very bizarre I can say without cliche that I'd that video resurfaces again people would panic at the fact that there is such thing of zombies that person or thing I saw had flesh ripping from its face brushing its hair with a dry skull and a falling jaw I cant make this shit up no one was helping it it lived w a family I think It was there great great grandma or some shit it was dead still helping to sweep and shit around the house like wtf whoever's finds or knows the documentary I'm talking about plz put link cant find it anywhere!

  31. mario j amaral amaral Post author

    Least he voila powdered his buddy in the shed or something to make him look other than some dude screaming in the shed Lmao.. What scam artists! Carnival freak shows are way better at it! What a joke!

  32. Texas Made Post author

    Just seen this..funny as fuck….Haitians finessed the emo kid…zombie was well the next day Chilling with his master ..sober as hell..Haha

  33. Lil Chino Post author

    This cannot be real son😂😂 this whole "documentary" has to be fake

  34. Thamsanqa Goqo Post author

    Come to south africa…we'll show you a real zombie

    Aka umkhovu😑

  35. Wasted Warrior10 Post author

    Who the Fuck wears Skinny jeans hiking through Haiti 😄🙄

  36. Lucky_Daanth Post author

    What can one make? I'll tell you what you can make. You can certainly make a series of videos over literally over nothing. What a load of 💩 haha.. glad I only watched the last two vids. You actually dragged it out for 6 parts Smh. Haha kudos to you.

  37. 3rd Floor Post author

    Hamilton, come to Africa, we sell heart attacks, strokes, and lightening here not scam powders. 10k fo a powder? With that 10k could’ve found some one to flew him back to the US using a shoe.

  38. Stoners Opinion Post author

    LMFAOOO you got hustled and he made a healthy ass profit 🤣 yall even took that “zombie powder” and spent the money to test it like cmon 😭😭💀

  39. Audrius Aleksandravičius Post author

    Former Special Forces soldier and can barely step over the narrow creek, while even the emo kid has 0 struggle stepping over it, lmao.

  40. DrJones Post author

    Total B.S.!!! The dude in shed was same dude that took money and put it in the book near the end… And with all of those ingredients in the powder being inactive it could and would do nothing at all. Just like when he put some on his arm. All just a bunch of Ripoff artist. Its sick the he gave that dude a grand for B.S.!

  41. Evan Fields Post author

    "…so what can one make of an inactive powder…", that you got scammed Hammy.

  42. Pimpin Aint Dead Post author

    This shit was too damn funny 😆 straight Hustle Man! 😆

  43. Pioneer Systems Post author

    Well at least Hamilton can still have sex on Thursdays

  44. Olefile Ntsimane Post author

    lol… 5:20 "ah the skull of a boy" hamilton kills me.

  45. High on dope Post author

    The stupuid anti-climax brought down an earthquake on the stupid spammers…

  46. Θεοδωρος Λ. Post author

    looking at his face and hearing his voice gives me this urge to slap him so hard on the face..

  47. That Damn Lamb Post author

    I googled average annual income in Haiti, according to the source I looked at it's $450. The bogus voodoo guy just made over 2 years income with a bottle of bullshit powder. You gotta respect the hustle.

  48. Kevion Williams Post author

    Its comes from black ppl there more advanced then America so of course it's odd to ur way and work of life they're more spiritually intuitive you'll learn a lot from them my ppl

  49. Qtips Post author

    Is it just me or does this guy look exactly like the dude from Jumanji

  50. Joe Gurko Post author

    Yearly income is 420 us dollars
    He paid that man $1000

    Thats over 2 years of yearly income.

    For Sand…..

  51. malkiel the1st Post author

    How much money do you have, I can produce the same product but activated?

  52. Shatterstar _ Post author

    "It chilled me to the very threads of my tight-pants, so much so, that they, became loose."
    -Idiot Hipster Douche

  53. Un Boxer Post author

    come to maldives , i have a drug that makes you a zombie for a certain hours

  54. Check GS Post author

    When i first glanced at this i thought it was gonna go on to imply that Alex was now a zombie 🧟‍♂️ lmaoo


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