Marion, Kentucky. Years ago, back in 1916, a woman named Mary Louise Ford and her five year old daughter, Mary Ellen Ford, were living in Pilot’s Knob. Both mother and daughter were accused of being witches and the superstitious villagers were too terrified to wait and bring them to trial. Instead, they dragged the mother and daughter out of their house and burned them alive at the stake. They buried the mother’s body somewhere else, but they were afraid that the little witch girl would...
'Witching Time of Night'-Witchcraft was a fact of life not something only a few believed in. If your milk soured a witch's curse was to blame. If your pregnancy miscarried, your elderly female neighbor was behind it, especially if she lived alone and knew how to heal the sick. Witches were hanged in England, burnt in Europe. Suicides were still buried at crossroads to confuse their way back from the land of the dead, stakes were put though their hearts to pin them to the ground.
The grave of witch Lizzie o Banton (real name Lizzie Batty) who died in Brampton, Cumbria in 1817. She was 'guilty' of “acting in a peculiar manner, dressing curiously and generally ‘acting the part’,” She died of old age, however, rather than being burnt at the stake
The local legend is that Sarah was a witch and that the cage was put over her grave to stop her from rising! The grave is in the north side of the churchyard and that was traditionally the area set aside for suicides and wrongdoers. But would a witch be buried in consecrated ground?
A statue of Alice Nutter, one of the accused and hanged Pendle Witches. The trials of the Pendle witches in 1612 are among the most famous witch trials in English history, and some of the best recorded of the 17th century. The twelve accused lived in the area around Pendle Hill in Lancashire, and were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of witchcraft.