Over the next month, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter’s health deteriorated so much that he could barely get out of bed. Urinating was painful and he had to use a bedpan. Leaking pus left greenish-yellow stains on the bedsheets and on his underwear. Friends feared he was near dying. Huddie had heard of a grandmother, a two-headed lady, from the Dominican Republic, who had lived in New Orleans for several years. She practised a mixture of Orleans Voudou and Latin American Santèria. It was said she could cure “the serious illness” so Huddie asked for her. The old madam arrived in a…
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