Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Witches' Revenge

In 1650, more than a dozen "witches" were executed in the British city of Newcastle, and their bodies heaped together in a mass grave. Now, several centuries later, their remains are said to be resurfacing. First, workers uncovered bones and skulls while digging a ditch around St. Andrew’s Church. Then, more bones began to appear in the churchyard, rising to the surface whenever it rained.

But anyone seeking a gruesome souvenir should heed the warnings of the church's caretaker. It seems one of the ditch diggers picked up a skull he'd found and showed it off to his friends. The next day, he woke to find his arms covered with sores and lesions that his doctor couldn't explain.

Perhaps the women (and one man) are still a bit angry about their fate. Back in the 17th century, Newcastle's citizens were paid a handsome sum for each "witch" they turned over to the authorities. As a result, innocent people were often accused of witchcraft and sent to early graves. It's unlikely that the witches buried near St. Andrew's Church were guilty of of anything other than being a little eccentric.

Read more about the Newcastle witches (and see a video) here.


Blogger theatre said...

i would leave those bones alone!!! ugh sores and nastiness, I think I'll do without 'em

3:31 PM  
Anonymous SAME ANANYMOUS said...

i will NEVER go there when it rains!

4:57 PM  
Anonymous bookworm said...

maybe it was just a coincidence. or maybe the "whitches" bodys created some sort of diesese

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i seriously doubt that the witches bodies caused a diease i'd perfer to say that no one will ever know wht truly happened
this is like tottally irrelavent but one of my friends 4 our academic project did the topic
VODOo: Black Magic or complex relegion
creepy eh?

7:05 PM  
Anonymous bookworm said...

i kno........ just saying it IS scientificly possible. thats does sound creepy. i think the blog should do a think on VODOO. ha ha. VODOO. thats fun to say.

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Jin Ai said...

I wonder why people are so much more superstitious then than now!

By the way, out of curiosity:
How many of you (regular commenters) are boys/girls?
It's funny, but from our nicknames it's a little hard to tell our genders.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Judith said...

I agree with bookworm, a disease is probably possible. I read that some cases of "mummy's curse" were actually ancient bacteria that survived all that time! But you'd have to do tests on the bones to know if they were infected with anything nasty... and anyway, who's to say a curse can't manifest as a disease? But on the other hand the people killed probably weren't real witches so they couldn't cast a curse, but maybe god or something cursed the place because of the cruel acts of the witch hunters.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Nellie said...


10:19 AM  
Anonymous Maddi said...

thats really creepy and would make a pretty awsome argument on magic and physics, but i have to agree with bookworm and judith.
and i saw a video for school on the "mummy's curse" that said that the scientist never proved there was a deadly bacteria (right after they said he did) and that his mysterious death in a car accident prevents the world from ever knowing the truth (yeah right!)
right after that, the school video told us that aliens built the pyrymids, and none of us believe in aliens. we all crakced up=]

6:56 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Voodoo. Yes, I think that deserves a post or twelve.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Co0l. If I grab one of the bones, I can ditch homework!! That is soo cool. I've always like a good ghost story. (great, now I freaked my mom out XD)

8:11 PM  
Anonymous ss chick said...

yes! we will have our revenge!!erm...i mean, they will have their revenge!!!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Dakota Blue said...

just saying, that, don't you think that if you killed the witches early, they might just come back for revenge? I mean, sure, you just die one day, but because some bozo (with no proof!) just pointed to a random person and said, 'that's a wtch!' And where is the evidence exactly? You kill people for no reason?! For all we know, the person tattling like crazy might as well be a witch!

8:56 AM  

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