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True Witch Stories: Bizarre Trials, Cruel Tests & Scary Encounters of Witches from the Past

Scary Stories, Book 2
Narrated by: Michael Goldsmith
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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Summary

Witches are something we generally associate with the distant past, with the medieval world, and the first story in this book is about a witch trial in 17th Century England. However, unlike the vast majority of such trials, most of the people accused of witchcraft in this case happily admitted to not just being witches, they also described how they had sold their souls to the devil.

But, most of the stories here are about witches and witchcraft in the recent past. You'll hear about a bizarre ritual murder of a suspected witch in 1940s England which baffled Scotland Yard's most famous detective, a witch trial in 1980s Italy which shocked most of Europe, a witchcraft sacrifice/murder in California in the 1990s, and the story of a man who founded a satanic movement which attracted some of Hollywood's most famous stars.

In most parts of the world nowadays, witches are regarded with tolerance and even amusement. Those who practice folk magic are seen as harmless eccentrics and the image of a witch riding on a broomstick has become a staple of Halloween celebrations.

But even now there is also a darker side to witchcraft and that's what we'll be exploring in these astounding, frightening, and baffling but true stories....

©2017 Hector Z. Gregory (P)2017 Hector Z. Gregory

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  • 08-12-18

Interesting but factually flawed

Once an accusation of witchcraft has been made, the trial is nothing more than a public entertainment spectacle terminatingin the death of the accused.
An 80 year old blind women in the 1600s would have enough sense to agree to anything straight off the bat rather than face strip searches, implement, needling, branding and any other torture the sadistic 'witchfinder' could dream up.

This topic is dramatic enough without the context being skewed to spice the book up.

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  • Amy Giglio
  • 19-08-18

Seriously need a new narrator!!!

The narrator voice completely takes you out of the story. He would be better suited for a comedy than a nonfiction book.

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  • Patricia Watson
  • 23-06-18

Needed a better narrator!

This would have been a good audiobook if it had a better narrator. He sounded like he had been stung on his tongue by a bee. Also, he could not pronounce simple names of towns and simple Spanish words. But, the stories were interesting.