On January 22, 1941, William Seabrook led a ritual to hex Hitler with notables from the Washington, DC, area including Florence Birdseye of frozen vegetable fame. The group gathered in a Maryland cabin in the woods owned by Charles Tupper, who worked in a Naval factory. Apparently the press took the event seriously enough to publish a full report in Life magazine.
The year before, Seabrook had published Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today, based in part on his experiences with Aleister Crowley.
For historical perspective, this was before the United State declared war on Japan and Germany. Many Americans favored neutrality. Some agreed with Hitler, as America in WWII points out: “On the eve of World War II, the German American Bund insisted the Nazi salute was as American as apple pie.”