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6 Witch Graves And The Bizarre Stories Behind Them

NOVEMBER 4, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

Since Halloween is over, you've probably put away your pointy hat and black robe, but there was a time in history when witch season never ended. This belief caused the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent women around the world.

Most modern countries have since expressed guilt about the practice of using women as scapegoats for their problems, and have turned their graves into memorials. Here are some monuments to so-called "witches" from across the globe.

Unknown, Italy.

This 800-year-old skeleton is believed to be that of a woman who was executed for being a witch in Italy in the Middle Ages. She was buried in a shallow, unmarked grave. She had seven nails driven into her jaw. Scientists hypothesize that the nails were used to keep the "witch" in her grave. The townspeople feared that she would use her demon powers to rise again.

Lilias Adie, Scotland.

In 1704, Lilias Adie of Scotland was accused of bringing misfortune to other townswomen. A council of elders forced her to admit that she had accepted the devil as her lover. She died while awaiting sentencing. They buried her in the mud during low tide and used a heavy stone to hold her body down. Obviously, the body disappeared after high tide, but the stone of Lilias Adie remains.

Chesterville Witch, Illinois.

Sometime in the early 1900s, a young Amish woman was accused of being witch after challenging the views of the church. No one knows how she was executed, but we do know that this oak tree was planted above her body. Legend has it that it holds her spirit.

Meg Shelton, England.

It's said that this "witch" never caused people any harm, and she eventually died of natural causes. Still, townspeople worried that an undead witch, friendly or otherwise, would be more than they could handle. They buried Shelton vertically with her head below her feet and put a heavy rock over the hole so that she could never leave her final resting place.

Bertha Maynard, Minnesota.

No one remembers the "witchy" deeds of Bertha Maynard, but it's said that her gravestone disappears every Halloween. At one point, it vanished for seven years before suddenly returning.

The Witch of Yazoo, Mississippi.

The pretty Witch of Yazoo was known to seduce fishermen so that she could brutally murder them. As she was fleeing the cops one night, she fell into some quicksand. Slowly sinking to her doom, she vowed to return and burn the city down with her powers. Sure enough, in 1904, the entire city of Yazoo was engulfed in flames. The witch's grave is lined with giant chains to this day. They say that if the chains are ever broken, the town will burn again.

I purposely didn't mention the town of Salem, since the fact that this place rests upon the graves of countless innocent women is common knowledge. It's just important to note that the practice of killing "witches" has been carried out around the world for centuries.