Historical People Being Accused Of Practicing Witchcraft

Next to vampires and werewolves, other well-known supernatural creatures are witches. This article enumerates some of the women (not men who are suspected wizards or warlocks) who were accused of practicing witchcraft throughout the course of history.

From Harry Potter to The Wizard of Oz to The Vampire Diaries and True Blood, witches basically come into sight in a number of books, films and television series. Many have featured witches as the main characters. While many fictional witches are popular, there are some who were alleged to practice witchcraft in real life, the same with certain people in history suspected to be vampires and werewolves. The members of this list are notable people throughout the worldís history either legitimately arraigned in courts or portrayed as witches in diverse cultures.

Christine Therese OíDonnell (born 27 August 1969)

This pretty and unmarried woman born in the year 1969 was a distinguished politician and a senatorial candidate from 2006 to 2010 wherein she lost all three. During the third election, she obtained a great deal of airtime because of her statement way back on Maherís TV show in 1999 where she asserted to have experimented and engaged in witchery. Consequently, she became popular that she had to release a commercial claiming sheís not a witch but ďyouĒ rather. The advertisement was expectedly mocked and fascinatingly, a 21st century setting still allows a woman to be burned by public demand for purportedly being interested in witchery without regarding to the fact that Christine Therese OíDonnell is an active Catholic and not actually a witch.

Catherine Monvoisin (c. 1640 – 22 February 1680)

Catherine Monvoisin was born in 1640 and died forty years after. The Affair of the Poisons during Louis XIVís supremacy included the torment and the death sentence of the murderess named Madame de Brinvilliers in 1676. This trial brought the attention to all other unexplained massacres which included Catherine Monvoisin as a suspect. She was indicted of supplying poisons to different murderers and of practicing sorcery. She was condemned of witchery and was publicly burned alongside 36 other accused individuals.

Walpurga Hausmšnnin (died 1587)

Austrian widow Walpurga Hausmšnnin, a midwife, was tormented for her declaration of guilt in murdering a child. She was put to death because of vampirism and witchcraft. She confessed to having sexual relationships with the demon and contracted to serve Satan as a trade for saving her from poverty. She killed 40 children by mashing their foreheads and sucking their blood and was also alleged of cannibalism together with other sorceress.

The authority punished her tremendously by confiscating her property, mutilating her on the way to town, tearing her right arm and left breast using irons and then her left arm and right breast. They ripped her left hand upon reaching the place of execution and cut off the womanís right hand before burning her alive. Her ashes were plunked into a river.

Agnes Waterhouse (c.1503 – 27 July 1566)

Mother Agnes Waterhouse was the first woman executed of witchcraft in England. She was alleged of owning a satanic cat which actually belonged to another indicted witch Elizabeth Francis. It was said that Agnesí own daughter testified against her for using witchcraft in killing livestock and her husband. Instead of being burned, she was hung.

Joan of Arc (ca. 1412 – 30 May 1431)

Joan of Arc was popular for her military achievement. However, she was detained by Burgundians and was put on trial because to her enemies, she was a witch. She was burned to her death.

Anna GŲldi (24 October 1734 – 13 June 1782)

Anna GŲldi was popularly known as Switzerlandís ďlast witchĒ, who was beheaded for the crime of murder. After her torture, she admitted that a demon materialized to her as a black dog and they had a pact.

Krystyna Ceynowa (d. 1836)

Krystyna Ceynowa, a widow from Prussia, was one of the suspected Polish witches. The town had qualms of her being a witch; but, the authority was not anymore interested with formal witch trials. So, a mob arrested her and threw her onto the Baltic Sea. She was able to float for a longer time than the mob expected, perhaps due to her gown keeping her afloat, the mob affirmed she was a witch and killed her using the paddles on the boat they were on.

Anna Schnidenwind (1688 24 – April 1751)

Anna Schnidenwindís trial was one of the confirmed executions for genuine witchcraft. This 63-year-old woman, a peasant from Germany, was held responsible for a fire that shattered the village of Wyhlen, subsequent to making a deal with the demon, of course. Anna was then strangled and burned.