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Felicia Felix-Mentor

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Felicia Felix-Mentor was a Haitian woman believed to have been made into a zombie in the early part of the 20th century. Felicia Felix-Mentor reportedly died in 1907, after a sudden illness of the type that Haitian belief finds to be characteristic of a person marked to be made into a zombie. In 1936 a woman (either nude or in ragged clothing depending on the source) was found wandering the streets, and made her way to a farm which she claimed belonged to her father. The owners identified the woman as Felicia Felix-Mentor, long thought dead, and Felix-Mentor's husband also confirmed this. Due to her poor health, she was sent to a government hospital. A doctor who interviewed her described her behavior: Her occasional outbursts of laughter were devoid of emotion, and very frequently she spoke of herself in either the first or the third person without any sense of discrimination. She had lost all sense of time and was quite indifferent to the world of things around her. While gathering information for the book Tell My Horse, author Zora Neale Hurston encountered the supposed zombie and photographed her. However, Dr. Louis P. Mars had examined the woman and did not think her to  ( Wikipedia article )

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