On Halloween, some trick or treaters will be dressed up as witches, but there are some real witches in our area too. We talked to an atheist woman who practices witchcraft.
We also talked to a Columbus woman who says she used to be a witch, involved in demonic rituals. She asked us to disguise her voice, face, and name.
"You would offer yourself to satan by allowing yourself to be chanted over and to perform sexual favors," she told us.
Rape, drugs, and sacrifices - all part of life as a witch, according to this Columbus woman, who says she used to be one. The so-called former witch says, at age 14, her high school sweetheart, part of a cult similar to Wica, introduced her to witches and warlocks.
She described, "Blood sacrifice....you were beaten, if you didn't do as you were supposed to."
She says there were mysterious rituals, late at night in the secluded woods at Flat Rock Park in the Midland area...and witch baptisms in the lake there, asking demons for power.
"It made my hate for God even stronger because if there is a God, surely he wouldn't allow a woman to be tortured and put through this," she added.
Five years ago, depressed and abused, she was on the way to kill herself at Flat Rock Park, then a friend invited her to Solid Rock, a church in Midland a mile away from the park. The ex-witch was never the same.
"Lord, if you're real, can you, will you love me?," she said, crying and remembering what she said at the church that night, where the former witch says she committed her life to Jesus Christ.
And in October, members of Solid Rock church have been praying against evil and blessing families at Flat Rock Park. The church calls it "Warfare Walks."
"That dark side is real," Solid Rock pastor Jay Bailey said. "Satan has got ahold of their lives. We seek to break that claw off them, so they can discover the embrace of God's love."
But Cassonya Douglass doesn't believe in God. She's an atheist and says she was born a witch. She showed us how she stands up and reaches up into the universe, "to whatever god there is."
Douglass says there's a lot of misconceptions about "witches," from characters in movies like The Wizard of Oz, because she doesn't wear a pointy black hat or have a green face or fly on a broom.
Douglass, a proclaimed witch, also tells us, she doesn't do any blood sacrifices or commit crimes.
"I have people going around doing like that (making cross sign), but sorry Christians, crosses don't do a thing for me," Douglas said.
Se believes in reincarnation, calls for power from the moon with a special dagger, and honors Isis, the Egyptian goddess of magic and earth. Douglass also leads psychic and pagan ceremonies.
Douglass says, "Spells are no more or less than prayer that you're asking for something to happen."
As for the prayer walks at Flat Rock Park, we asked Pastor Bailey if its a risk.
He responded, "We don't fear darkness, because as Christians, spirit-filled believers, we walk with the authority of God."
"Anybody who does walks against negative energy is good," Douglass said, about the Warfare Walks. "But to fight against somebody just because they don't believe like you, now that's wrong....If he (the pastor) didn't have satan, who would you fight against?"
But it's a new fight for the woman at the beginning of this story, a former witch and now Christian, who said, "We would always begin by saying, this is our night, the night belongs to us, but see god created the night and he's fixing to take it back."
For people who doubt her story, the so-called ex-witch says God and her friends know the truth. She hopes this inspires others.
Columbus police tell us they're not aware of these incidents at flat rock park.
As for the practicing witch, she's having a saence on Halloween, calling on spirits. As for religion, Douglass does not believe in hell. She also says not all pagans are witches and vice versa.
-by Jason Dennis