April 24th, 2015 Headsman
There is next to no archival information surviving that would give us insight into this remarkably late Hexenprozess. However, it seems that Schnidenwind got Willinghamed: when a fire destroyed the village of Wyhl, local grandees immediately assumed that the cause of such a devastating event ware eine Zauberin (“would have been a sorceress,” as an abbot wrote in his diary).
Having begun from the conclusion it was simply a matter of finding the witchiest character in the vicinity to fit as the Zauberin. Schnidenwind, a 63-year-old peasant, probably had some pre-existing reputation as a possible witch — a reputation that a visit to the rack obligingly confirmed.
On this day..
- 1889: William Henry Bury, Jack the Ripper suspect - 2016
- 1922: Colin Campbell Ross, for the Gun Alley Murder - 2014
- 1998: 22 for the Rwanda genocide - 2013
- 1945: A day in the death penalty around the Reich - 2012
- 1655: Massacre of Waldensians - 2011
- 1723: Major Jean Abram Davel - 2010
- 1521: The Comuneros of Castile - 2009
- 1868: John Millian, who martyred a madam - 2008