I think somebody besides Edie burned his mind out on speed. The New York Post reports:
”Warhol confidant Danny Fields reveals in the new book “Edie Factory Girl,” by Nat Finkelstein and David Dalton, how the singer visited the rail-thin starlet at the Chelsea Hotel in the mid’60s and was disturbed by the candles she’d bought at a local voodoo shop and put on the mantle. “This is a very unlucky arrangement of candles” Cohen warned. “It’s in the Sioux religion or Navajo world, or something. It’s considered bad luck.” Sedgwick shot back, “Oh, it’s just a silly superstition.” Her room burned down the next day."
Yeah, some revelation. In the 1982 book, Edie: American Girl, by Jean Stein, Danny Fields told a similar tale:
“So I brought Leonard Cohen into this scene. What was interesting to him was this line-up of candles Edie had on the mantle piece. He was troubled when he looked at them. He said to me, “I don’t know if you should tell her this, or if I should, but those candles are arranged in such a way so they’re casting a bad spell. Fire and destruction. She shouldn’t fool around with these things, because they’re meaningful” It was very complex. It had to be someone who had really been into candle-arranging and voodoo Haitian candle number to figure it out. But when Leonard told Edie, she said she didn’t want to hear about such things, that was silly, they were just candles. That was ironic, wasn’t it? I mean, her life was full of warnings, probably. It was very soon after that the apartment caught fire and the cat was lost.”
The only thing new is the mention of the Sioux or Navajo connection. But what do Native Americans have to do with voodoo anyway?