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The Witches of Antrim

By Declan Cashin

In March 1711, eight women appeared in court in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, as part of a sensational trial that found them guilty. They were put in the stocks for the public to rain stones and rotten fruit upon them, before being jailed for a year.

Their crime? The demonic possession of the body, mind and spirit of a teenage girl.

This bizarre tale, which took place in Islandmagee, a peninsula on the east coast of Antrim, was the last recorded witch trial in this country and, exactly 300 years later, one researcher has reopened the case and arrived at a very different and shocking conclusion.

Read the original article at: Independent

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