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Newbury Witch

Newbury Witch (?–1763) An old woman, probably harmless, who was executed as a witch in 1763 by Cromwell’s soldiers, near Newbury in Berkshire. The soldiers reportedly saw the old woman sailing on a plank down the river kennet—by some accounts, the soldiers claimed she was walking on the water—and captured her as a witch and tried to shoot her. According …

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Northampton Witches

Northampton Witches (d. 1612) Five men and women who were arraigned and tried on charges of witchcraft and who were all executed by hanging on July 22, 1612, in Northampton, England. The chief evidence against most of them seemed to be public opinion that they were wicked, evil people, and led wicked lives—and so had to be witches. Several cases …

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Salem Witches

Salem Witches : One of the last outbreaks of Witchcraft hysteria, and certainly the largest in the New World, occurred in Salem, Massachusetts, from 1692 to 1693. During the course of the trials, 141 people were arrested as suspects, 19 were hanged and one was pressed to death. Those afflicted by the witches were mostly young girls, yet their “child’s …

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Read, Margaret

Margaret Read (d. 1590) was one of three women ever to be executed by burning in England on charges of witchcraft. Margaret read lived in king’s Lynn, East Anglia, England. Read was convicted of murdering her husband by witchcraft, a crime considered to be petty treason and punishable by burning rather than the more traditional hanging. She was burned in …

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Santa Fe Witches

Santa Fe Witches (17th century) Two women accused of murder by bewitchment who were tried by the Inquisition. The charges were made in Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Spanish immigrants against a mexican Indian, Beatriz de Los Angeles, and her daughter, Juana de la Cruz, a half-breed. Both women, especially de Los Angeles, were feared by many in Santa Fe …

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Sawyer, Elisabeth

Sawyer, Elisabeth (?–1621) A poor Englishwoman framed and executed for witchcraft. Elisabeth Sawyer, the “Witch of Edmonton,” was accused of bewitching her neighbors’ children and cattle because the neighbors refused to buy her brooms. She was also accused of bewitching to death a woman, Agnes Ratcliffe, who allegedly had struck one of Sawyer’s sows for eating some of her soap. …

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Stamford Witches (1692)

Stamford Witches (1692) Witch trials in Stamford, Connecticut, in which a servant girl accused six women of afflicting her with fits. Nevertheless, two of the accused came close to being put to death on slender “evidence,” in the zeal of officials to avoid a panic of the type that had occurred at Salem. The ordeal of the Stamford Witches began …

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St. Osyth Witches

St. Osyth Witches : A witch hunt that swept through a remote coastal area of Essex, England, in 1582 brought indictments against 14 women. Despite lurid and flimsy testimony of the kind that quickly led to convictions and executions elsewhere, all but two of the women went free. The hysteria took place in St. Osyth, not far from Chelmsford, where …

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Lincoln Witches

Lincoln Witches (d. 1618) Three women accused of deadly witchcraft against an earl and his family in rutland, England. mother Joan Flower died before trial, but her daughters Margaret and Philippa confessed to murder by witchcraft and were executed. The case is especially interesting for the details of folk spells described by the accused. Like many accused witches, the Flower …

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Kyteler, Lady Alice

Lady Alice Kyteler (?–ca. 1324) Lady Alice kyteler was a wealthy and respected woman and the first person to be tried for witchcraft in Ireland. She was also among the first accused witches of the middle Ages to be accused of heresy as well. Nearly two more centuries would pass before heresy charges were routine in witchcraft trials. Lady Alice …

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