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Saturday, October 10, 2009

More witchecraffte hiftorie

Having noticed that Pat Powers and Bob Ellis endorsed witch hunts, my curiosity was piqued, so I did some more research on the 1692 prosecution of my ancestor, Obo Oldecloude, for witchcraft. I came up with these depictions of ancestors of both Powers and Ellis, who were also involved in that prosecution.

In the painting above, Bongo Benteprigge cranks the winch lifting Obo Oldecloude's daughter, Chastity, rather uncomfortably off the floor, thus persuading her to assist in the prosecution of her father. Bentprigge was an ancestor of Bob Ellis.

Pat Powers' great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great uncle, Phineas Phattefowkke, sits just to the left of the winch, concentrating on Chastity's, uh..., confession.

At left, Phattefowkke, who was the Crown's prosecutor in the Oldecloude case, expresses -- at a press conference -- his satisfaction at his participation in justice, Salem-style.

1 comment:

Douglas said...

Good Grief. Lock Newland up, his humor is a dangerous thing. One could laugh until sick. He is an obvious threat to society. It also appears that much of the torture of his "relatives" resulted from jealousy of their finely shaped bodies. Meanwhile on Public TV, Boston is reburning. Do I watch that again, or do I dare risk reading more of Newland's prose?