Georgia Woman Sets 'Possessed' Apartment Ablaze


A Marietta woman told authorities she set two fires in her apartment because items inside were possessed. Felicia Johnson is charged with arson.

This is an unusual arson case. Investigators said Johnson was trying to cleanse her apartment but in doing so she put lives in danger.

Investigators said Johnson thought something evil was inside her Marietta apartment

She told investigators she tried to burn away the bad spirits.

"She was extremely upset saying the material was possessed by voodoo spirits and she was trying to cleanse the apartment of the spirits," said Marietta Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs.

Investigators said Johnson told them her roommate's possessions were evil. Investigators said she stacked his things -- from clothing to lamps to books -- in two piles. She placed one in the fireplace that spilled out into the living room; the other on the balcony. She then lit them both on fire.

"She was trying to clear the voodoo from the apartment by burning the personal items," said Gibbs.

Investigators said the man who lives in the apartment with her came home and saw the apartment filled with smoke. He told investigators he saw Johnson in the middle of the living room holding a bible.

Investigators said the damage to the apartment was minimal but it could have been much worse.

"A fire set in two different place within an occupied apartment endangers everyone who lives there," Gibbs said.

Gibbs said Johnson was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

Despite that, because the damage and putting other lives in jeopardy, she is charged with first degree arson.

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