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ParaNormal News of the Week! Oct. 22, 2015

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Here we go. It’s another wild week of paranormal news!

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cheese witch

Boy fondue? A fon-don’t.

1.Brentonico, Italy, is giving a retrial to accused “cheese witch,” Maria Bertoletti Toldini. The catch? They executed her in 1716. Wondering why they called her the “cheese witch>” She was accused of tossing a boy into a pot of boiling cheese. Ick.

2. And speaking of witches, Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters, may become a TV series. Not sure how I feel about that, but the experience of Stargate shows us that a TV series can, at times, surpass the film it was based on.

3. Last week we listed America’s top haunted places. Now we’re moving north to our Canadian friends. Here are Canada’s top seven haunted places.

4. This is one of those articles where the very first phrase made me miss the whole point of the article. And the offending sentence is…Along with Americans appropriating their culture at Halloween, witches must deal with stereotypes about child abuse and sex rituals.

What the…? American Halloween has got zero to do with real witchcraft or wicca. There was an old, Celtic-based belief that October 31st/Nov. 1st was the night the spirits walked. Common, non-witchy folk made lanterns out of gourds to scare off those spirits. Modern witches prefer to tap into that energy as a positive source. American Halloween is based off the former historical practice.

And even if Americans did “appropriate” Halloween (which I’m not buying, but feel free to try and convince me below), that’s in no way comparable to allegations of child sex abuse. I can’t believe any self-respecting witch would conflate the two issues, so I’m just going to chalk this up to bad journalism.

Rant over.

No, this doesn't bug me at all.

No, this doesn’t bug me at all.

5. Back to witches, and an article in History Today about the witch trial of Johannes Kepler’s mother, Katharina, in 1615.

About the Author

The Hermetic Detective Kirsten WeissKirsten Weiss is the author of The Hermetic Detective, Book Seven in the Riga Hayworth series of urban fantasies. It’s coming this Halloween and available for pre-order now. She also loves Tarot, and weaves it into her books whenever possible. And it’s nearly always possible.

Other books in the Riga Hayworth series of urban fantasies include: The Metaphysical DetectiveThe Alchemical DetectiveThe Shamanic DetectiveThe Infernal Detective, The Elemental Detective,and The Hoodoo Detective. Kirsten is also the author of Steam and Sensibility and Of Mice and Mechanicals, steampunk novels of magick and suspense.

Her first cozy mystery, The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, is coming in March, 2016, and available for pre-order now.

Find her at and @KirstenWeiss


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