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Some Witch Hunt Stories
“The Devil made me do it!”
The first Salem witch killed (1688): Anne Glover: old Irish slave woman captured by Cromwellian forces sold as a slave in the 1650s could recite the Lord's Prayer in Irish and Latin, but didn't speak English. Hanged
Witches in Early Virginia 15 witchcraft cases in the Virginia colony in the 1600s (13 women, 2 men) most ending in acquittals No one was executed for witchcraft in Virginia Katherine Grady was hanged in 1654 aboard an English ship bound for Virginia when passengers blamed her for causing a storm
1656 William Harding sentenced with thirteen lashes of the whip and ordered to leave the county
Today: Wiccan- “White Witches” 1800 military service members 2 have been killed in Iraq They are one of 38 new military headstone symbols
The Witch of Pungo, Virginia
Virginia Woman Seeks to Clear “Witch of Pungo” Sherwood was tied cross bound — her right thumb to her left big toe and her left thumb to her right big toe — and tossed into the water at 10 a.m. She untied herself and swam to the surface. As she was pulled out of the water, a downpour started
News story: Statue? Belinda Nash had hoped to dedicate the statue on the 300th anniversary, but it will not be ready in time She has raised about a third of the $92,000 cost, and is waiting to hear whether the city will permit her to put the statue by a school near where the old courthouse stood.
Statue of The Witch of Pungo, Virginia
Governor’s Letter on a Plaque
Web site Welcome Northern Virginia Witches, Wiccans, Pagans & Heathens!
Poland Saw the burning of two women in 1793 A third, Barbara Zdunk, persecuted as late as 1811.
Witches Broom: A Tree Fungus
Executions During the Inquisition
Africa 1999-In The Congo and in Tanzania older women are killed as witches if they have red eyes 2008-In Kenya a mob had burnt to death at least 11 people accused of witchcraft
‘Witches’ Sep 12, :00 AM EDT Accusations of sorcery still drive women from their homes in Africa. Gnani, one of northern Ghana’s “witch” camps, where many of the more than 900 accused people tell a similar tale.
Evidence? SOOTHSAYER DETERMINES THE GUILT OR INNOCENCE SLITTING THE THROAT OF A FOWL OVER A SHRINE, HE THREW THE DYING BIRD INTO THE AIR. IF THE FOWL WERE TO FALL ON ITS BACK, IT WOULD INDICATE HER INNOCENCE; WERE IT TO FALL ON ITS FRONT, IT WOULD PROVE THAT BLEG WAS A WITCH.
2008-Nigeria- Many of those branded "child-witches" are murdered - hacked to death with machetes, poisoned, drowned, or buried alive in an attempt to drive Satan out of their soul.
India-October 2009 Five women were paraded naked, beaten and forced to eat human excrement by villagers after being branded as witches in India’s Jharkhand state. Local police said the victims were Muslim widows who had been labelled as witches by a local cleric.
Saudi Arabia: 2008 Woman was arrested and convicted of witchcraft and faces imminent beheading for sorcery unless the King issues a rare pardon
Indonesia There have been alleged-witch persecution and public trials, even in the 2000s. Hundreds have died because of persecution
Nigeria: 2007 Pastor said she was a witch She was attacked with acid
“Bad Witch” Elphaba From: The Wizard of Oz
Glinda the Good Witch
Britain’s Witchcraft Act of 1541 In Helen Duncan, a spiritualist, was imprisoned under the Act. Authorities feared that by her alleged clairvoyant powers she could betray details of the D-Day preparations, but the accusations in court centered around defrauding the public. She spent nine months in prison. The last conviction under the act was that of medium Jane Rebecca Yorke. On 12th September 1944 she was found guilty and fined £5 and had to promise that she would not perform séances (she was 72) The Act was repealed in 1951 (and three years later spiritualism was officially recognized as a religion)
Oklahoma, USA: 1999 A 15 year old student was suspended from school for 15 days for allegedly casting spells and making a teacher sick
Killeen, Texas At least one member of a church carries a handgun during religious services, "in case a warlock tries to grab one of our kids...I've heard they drink blood, eat babies. They have fires, they probably cook them..."
Land O' Lakes, Florida: 2008 Jim Piculas, a substitute teacher at Charles S. Rushe Middle School, was reported to have lost his job for "wizardry." Piculas performed a sleight of hand trick in front of students, making a toothpick seem to disappear using concealed adhesive tape.
Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell-2010 “I am not a witch" "I dabbled into witchcraft – I never joined a coven...I hung around people who were doing these things... We went to a movie and then had a little midnight picnic on a satanic altar. And I didn't know it."
FAITH UNDER FIRE Hanged witch in Massachusetts sparks allegation of 'hate crime' Halloween celebrated with sorceress in noose, pagan worshipper likens it to lynching blacks-2007
1. C 2. D 3. B 4. D 5. A 6. b 7. B 8. D 9. D 10. C 11. C 12. B 13. D 14. Cry out Cover ears Scream Throw things
15. B 16. admit to being a witch 17. hanged 18. rocks on chest