Voodoo trucker

\”Swamp Witch\” by DeadboltGeorge Ann Mills (from MDJ)

Voodoo for hire: George Ann Mills (from Marietta Daily Journal)

It may not be the biggest story of the week so far.  It may not even be the most interesting — Brian Nichols’ taped confession will be hard to top.  But the voodoo curse story out of Cobb Co. was certainly appealing for its mix of political mischief, desperation, alleged criminal behavior and flat-out Southern gothic weirdness.  Though WSB downplayed it in its 6pm news, it appears WSB’s Ross Cavitt broke the story Monday.  With the exception of the Marietta Daily Journal, it seems nobody else has touched him.  (LAF readers who can cite URLs that prove us wrong are encouraged to chime in.)

The story is about Annette Kesting, a Cobb county commissioner who found herself locked in what was ultimately a losing battle with a challenger in the July primary and August runoff.  A South Carolina woman named George Ann Mills filed a complaint with the Cobb PD, claiming that Kesting had bounced two checks while employing her services as a voodoo priestess.  From WSB’s web site:

“…according to the voodoo priestess she wanted challenger Woody Thompson to either develop cancer or be involved in a car wreck.

The woman claims Kesting gave her pictures of Thompson and wrote her $3,000 worth of checks, but those checks bounced.  The voodoo rituals were apparently never performed.”

Kesting told WSB that somebody had stolen her checkbook.  She denied visiting the SC priestess.

Cavitt wryly concluded his carefully worded coverage thusly: “Bouncing checks is one thing. It’s unclear if asking for a voodoo ritual to be performed against any one person is against any state law.”  The AJC printed a piece Tuesday and credited WSB.

But today the MDJ reports:  “According to the Richland County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office, payment for a death ritual is illegal and would be considered a ‘solicitation of hire for murder.'”

Could it be the story was too good to be true?  The MDJ’s coverage suggests not, reporting that the priestess “convincingly” described Kesting, her husband and her car.  The priestess also showed the MDJ a receipt for a money order with Richard Kesting’s name on it.

This story certainly doesn’t explore any of the day’s great issues.  We’re guessing that legions of newscast producers would have loved to see this story in their shows  — for its tease-worthiness, if nothing else.  We’ve scanned the TV websites and some of their newscasts.  This story doesn’t appear anywhere else.

Perhaps the story is cursed.

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8 thoughts on “Voodoo trucker

  1. rptrcub

    Annette Kesting was, is, and evermore shalt be, a looney tune of the Cynthia McKinney variety. I’d believe the priestess before I’d believe her.

  2. scott "punk cred" hedeen

    hmmm… sweet sweet voodoo.

    the voodoo you do mr. richards…. is only topped by my evening drinking with Anton La Vey in NYC in 1986!

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    1. georgeannalnur

      Ms. K. Hall, Real name Tasha Bolden if you had 3,500, you took it from IRS because do not have a job, tell the truth, your boys are 6 and 15 years old, you do not have them because your mother have them you should not put bad mouth on your kids. it is $20,000 for court cases. bless you child next time tell the truth. G.A Mills

  4. Kelsiy Hall

    I believe Annette Kesting! I know for a fact that George Anne Mills, who resides now in Hopkins, SC is a con artist! This woman is a scam QUEEN! She got $3,500 from me and I am in the process of taking her to court to try to get my money back. She is a bold faced liar! She is manipulative! I don’t even know if she’s actually a person that deals in what she says.

    I spoke with George Anne Mills on today asking for my money and she suddenly got an attitude and told me that I need to look at the receiot that she gave me. I told her that I was looking at it as I talked to her and then she told me that I’d need to wait a year and a half before getting my money back and then that I would’nt get it all! If she had done what she had promised, I would’nt be asking for my money back! But, she did’nt! So, please, please, don’t deal with this con artist. How is she going to take someone else to court for something that she claims to be true (I don’t believe her) but, when she owes someone $3,500+, she basically just lies, lies, and lies some more about it!

    1. georgeannalnur

      i dont know the person that put this out about myself, but if i did this to you take me to court. this i feel came from ms. mccowin, and her daugter ms. bolden that went as for toget her sons girlfriend a school teacher that had not did anything to them dismissed from her job, i have never been trash, good luck trash. George Ann Mills


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