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This is Matthew Hopkins (1620 – 1647.) I write this with a scowl on my face… what a women-fearing-pig. This self-proclaimed English Witch Hunter gave himself the title “Witchfinder General” and, along with 2 assistants, managed to send about 300 women to the gallows.

He used absurd torture methods to make his victims confess to witchcraft, one of which was to cut their arm off with a blunt knife- if she didn’t bleed- she was a witch. He also performed the “swimming test.” This involved tying a woman to a chair and throwing her into the water. If she floated, she was a witch.

He died of tuberculosis— I’d like to think there were a few unsettled spirits lurking around his bed as he took his last breath.

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