Occult artifacts are, by their very nature, surrounded by mystery. That's particularly true for left hand path tools, where the practitioner's desire for power and knowledge trumps all secondary considerations. That frequently means the commission of crimes both spiritual and secular.
I've recently acquired an unusual item known as the "Lafayette Famulus". If the provenance provided to me is accurate it's intimately tied to a horrific series of events in the early 20th century. I'm not sure what's more disturbing- the idea that these horrific crimes were part of a magical ritual, or that they had no real motivation at all.
This newspaper article was published in the New York Times on April 3, 1912. The crimes described and the racial language used may be disturbing to those of a sensitive nature.