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IMG_0001Dorte Jensdatter (1672-1722.)

Very horrifying story. Dorte was a single Danish woman supporting herself by spinning thread in her village of Øster Grønning.

What started as rumors became open accusations of witchcraft. Villagers claimed she had made children and cattle sick, and then said she killed a child and a horse using magic. The owner of the dead horse and the mother of the dead child convinced a mob to apprehend Dorte and arranged for a private witch trial. They “convicted” her, tied her to a chair in her own home and set the house on fire.

The two women that instigated this were eventually arrested and executed for murder.

Right about now, I’m thankful that I don’t really talk to my neighbors much.