Bishop Curtis "Earthquake" Kelley was born in Stamford, Connecticut. He is the seventh of eleven children born to Robert and Erma Jean Kelley. Curtis' father was violently abusive, an alcoholic, and experienced in voodoo, obeya, and hoodoo. His mother is a devout Pentecostal Christian.
As a young child, Curtis was beaten by his father. His older brothers were drug dealers, so drugs were always accessible to Curtis, even at the age of four. That's not the only thing Curtis was exposed to as child. When he was five, he witnessed his voodoo practicing grandmother cast a spell on a man and he fell over. Seeing this made him want to have the same power.
Curtis imitated the words he heard his grandmother say and immediately he felt a dark presence swirl around and enter him. From then on he started practicing voodoo. One day his father and a voodoo witch were going to take Curtis out of the country and bring him to Haiti. As the seventh child in his family he was chosen to learn voodoo under the then Haitian president Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Curtis wanted to go because he was excited to gain money, power, and control.
As they were sneaking Curtis out of the apartment that morning Curtis' mother intercepted them. She told them they could not take Curtis away. The women each grabbed one of Curtis' arms and started tugging at him. Somehow, Curtis' mother lost her grasp on him and the trio started to run for the back door. Before they made it out of the door, Curtis' father and the witch ran away. Curtis believes that they saw something large, probably an angel that scared them off as a result of his mother's prayers.
TO HELL AND BACK
Curtis smoked marijuana at age four and by age ten he was using cocaine. He learned to deal drugs and make a lot of money by age eleven. Curtis became a streetfighter and was deeply involved in voodoo, which he says came through his father's Haitian ancestry.
Curtis would cast spells and put curses on people. His mother, who was raised in the Church of God in Christ, would constantly pray for the salvation of her family and planned a getaway. One day while his father was away, they rented a U-Haul, emptied the entire apartment, and fled to Milwaukee.
Curtis was free from his father's abuse, but still in bondage to drugs. In 1971 at age fifteen, at the influence of demonic spirits, he overdosed on large quantities of cocaine, pills, and marijuana. Then his brothers took him to a bar where he had beer. The beer offset the other drugs he took. In the bar he saw sixty hooded creatures. They came up around him and grabbed him. He shook them off, but they came back.
Source: CBN News - The 700 Club
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