Archive for Tuesday, 13 December, 2011

Woman Beheaded for Practicing Witchcraft

Posted: Tuesday, 13 December, 2011 by deacongray in Articles of Interest

A Saudiwoman was beheaded after being convicted of practicing “witchcraft and sorcery,” according to the Saudi Interior Ministry, at least the second such execution for sorcery this year.

The woman, Amina bint Abdulhalim Nassar, was executed in the northern Saudi province of al-Jawf on Monday.

A source close to the Saudi religious police told Arab newspaper al Hayat that authorities who searched Nassar’s home found a book about witchcraft, 35 veils and glass bottles full of “an unknown liquid used for sorcery” among her possessions. According to reports, authorities said Nassar claimed to be a healer and would sell a veil and three bottles for 1500 riyals, or about $400. ( more at¬†)

Could this be Britain’s most famous witches’ coven?

Posted: Tuesday, 13 December, 2011 by deacongray in Articles of Interest

Cat walled up in this cottage may have been a ward against evil spirits

LONDON (Reuters) – A mummified cat entombed in the walls of a recently unearthed 17th century English cottage has historians speculating whether the building might once have played a part in Britain’s most notorious witch trials.

Nearly 400 years after the “Pendle witches” were hanged on the moors outside nearby Lancaster for witchcraft, workers on an engineering project in the shadow of Pendle Hill, in Lancashire, northern England uncovered the old cottage with the cat bricked up inside its walls… ( complete story can be found at