Jean-Marie Bautiste was always meant to be a priestess of voudoun, and was groomed for the role from a very young age. When she reached puberty at 15 and her body blossomed from a girl to a woman, in a 3-day rite, she was 'introduced' to Papa Legba, the Loa of Death and Transition. She came out of the frenzied dance/ritual an extremely fit, sexually charged dervish, yet within her eyes shone something powerful and dark. From that day on, she was able to predict when others would fall sick or die, and also 'boost' fertility of women in her village. It was said that if "Maiden Samedi" spent a night with a couple, they would conceive.
During one of many of Haiti's civil wars, word came down from Papa Doc Duvalier that the "Maiden Samedi" needed to disappear, as he couldn't adopt the role of "Baron Samedi" with a real houdoun doing a better job of it. The task was given to one of his young recruits, who wooed her, courted her, married her... then shot her point blank in the face with a .22 derringer that he'd concealed in his tuxedo cummerbund. The shot went slightly wide, scarring her face and shattering the bone, but not penetrating. She dropped as if poleaxed, and the would-be killer bolted.