Local Essex History: True Weird Stories of the Witchfinder General – #OctoberFrights

Essex (my home town) was notorious for witch trials. They happened everywhere, of course, but a man named Matthew Hopkins saw money to be made in keeping the hysteria at high levels as he received payment to rid towns of their troublesome folk.

In such feverish times weird stories were bound to do the rounds, and here are some of them:

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Weird true stories of the Witchfinder General

A mini documentary by me on a piece of local history. Yup, the Witchfinder General happened in my town and the surrounding areas. Amongst the usual stories of accusations and hangings are scary and strange tales told by frightened people of the time, including Betty Potter whose body ‘disappeared.’