Witches: A Century of Murder
In this two-part documentary series, Dr Suzannah Lipscomb goes in search of the origins of the gruesome mass witch hunts and trials that infested the British Isles 400 years ago. Through original documents and powerful drama, Suzannah uncovers the fear of Satan that drove the persecutors to such extreme lengths and what it was like for the innocent victims tortured and executed for crimes they couldn’t possibly have committed.
Witches: A Century of Murder Ep. 1
Based on notes made by the court clerk at the time, Suzannah re-examines the harrowing story of how a small child’s confession sent her entire family to the gallows. And people were grateful to her. It would take another 70 years for Britain to shake off the hysteria of witch hunting.
Witches: A Century of Murder Ep. 2
Buried in the dry accounting records of an East Coast town, Suzannah discovers that ultimately people’s natural hatred of witches wasn’t as strong as their hatred of being fleeced by an unqualified charlatan who had invented his own career. Little more than two years after he came to prominence, Hopkins had gone from one of the most feared men in the East to a nobody who died of tuberculosis in near obscurity. But his malign influence lived on. Even spreading across the Atlantic to a small American town called Salem…..