On May 2, 1962, Clairvius Narcisse was pronounced dead after suffering a brief illness at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti, and was buried in a cemetery near his village. In 1981, he returned to the village, claiming that he had spent two years as a zombie slave, controlled by a powerful Haitian vodou sorcerer.
This case, and the phenomenon of zombification, was investigated by ethnobotanist Wade Davis in his book, “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” which served as the basis for Wes Craven’s 1988 film of the same title.
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Dead Man Walking: Wade Davis and the Secret of the Zombie PoisonBy Patrick D. Hahn - http://www.biology-online.org/articles/dead_man_walking.html
The Curious Case of Clairvius Narcisse, and Other Instances of Haitian “Zombies” -
How Haitian Slave Culture Gave Life to Zombies by Matthew Blitz
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis