CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1997 |
The jury in the Diana Haun trial began deliberations Friday in a sensational case that spanned nearly two months and culminated in a call to convict the accused killer of murder. The case was given to the jury after an emotional rebuttal statement by Deputy Dist. Atty. Lela Henke-Dobroth, who urged the panel of seven men and five women to convict Haun of first-degree murder for butchering her lover's wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1997 |
Diana Haun described herself as a witch who cast spells and was "thinking about" performing a human sacrifice, a supermarket co-worker testified Monday at Haun's murder trial. The deli worker's bizarre recollections were followed by emotional testimony from the victim's mother, capping one of the most riveting days of testimony yet in the sensational Ventura County murder trial.
September 29, 1996 |
Sarah Wardwell "wickedly, mallitiously, and felloniously" made a covenant with "the Devill" and was convicted of being a witch in 1693. Hannah Newell, found guilty of adultery, faced 15 stripes of the lash unless she could come up with the then-considerable sum of 10 pounds. The original reports on those cases, and many others, were rediscovered in July when a student found two volumes of 300-year-old court documents while cleaning out file cabinets on the 14th floor of a county courthouse.
December 28, 1994 |
By all accounts, the mobs were deliberate, determined and deadly. In Leeuwfontein, they dragged an 82-year-old grandmother from her home, put a gasoline-soaked tire around her neck and burned her alive. In Inverane, they marched two women to a riverbank, stoned them to death and torched their battered bodies. And in Moraphalala, an elderly woman was painfully poisoned to death and then heaved into her blazing hut.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1994 |
The two seventh-graders wanted to do a report on witchcraft, and they asked library aide Debbie Denzer for her help. She steered them to the encyclopedias, and lent them two books of her own. That was her mistake, say her bosses. No, she says--that was her job. Denzer was fired in January for providing the girls with material that Frank de Kort, superintendent of the rural district in northwest Montana, described as "grossly inappropriate."
August 11, 1993 |
The Virgin River here has never been good for drinking, and another of the town's wells recently dried up. It was time for Ken Jensen to work one of his miracles for local water officials. A former president of the Mesquite water board, the third-generation Nevadan has made a custom of wetting thirsts in this desert outpost 75 miles north of Las Vegas. But the plain-speaking retired football coach doesn't carry the usual credentials.
August 3, 1993 |
A fertile oasis nestled in the highlands of western Kenya, Kisii District is a farmer's paradise. Its flourishing countryside boasts seven-foot cornstalks, trees laden with bananas and endless acres of tea plantations. But beneath the tranquil facade, a phenomenon reminiscent of the Salem witch trials in late 17th-Century Massachusetts has plunged the close-knit Gusii tribe into a murderous frenzy.
October 25, 1992 |
The little boy's voice squeaked with concern and a little fear: "But why did Bridget Bishop scratch the face of the neighbor's son when he visited her?" he asked. Bishop, wearing a scarlet dress that seemed cut to shock, answered sharply: "What would you do if someone was sent over to find out if you were a witch?"
September 20, 1992
I read with mingled horror and dismay Tim Rutten's "Since When Did Women Become the Enemy?" (Aug. 27) wherein he quoted a recent fund-raising letter by Pat Robertson. Horror from the realization that Robertson would state in a fund-raising letter that feminism is a movement about killing children and practicing witchcraft. Dismay that the leadership of the Republican Party has embraced Robertson and his hatemongering cronies. Witchcraft? I hesitate now to call Robertson by the name reverend.