Brutality and mob psychology running amok. A horrible time in history. There are so many lessons to be learned from the way this was allowed to progress culminating in so many painful deaths....for no solid reason....
This is a translation of another witch trial. It is noteworthy that it was based on an accusation and nothing more..
Many more women were killed as witches than men.
Here is the translation:
Witch Trial of "Ottilia Ensminger"
Ottilia Ensminger was 65 years old, and born in Vollerdingen, domain of Saarwerden (near Sarre Union, Alsace). She was accused of being a sorceress on August 2, 1673 at the law court of Diemeringen. Six weeks earlier, she met Nicolas Kuhn, and said he is a thief, so she supposed that is why he proclaimed her to be a sorceress. In all the questions, Ottilia refuted all the accusations that the jury read to her. On August 4, 1673, the jury ordered Ottilia to be tortured. After 15 minutes, she said that she began with sorcery 18 or 20 years ago. She said that she bewitched her husband, Carl Enzminger, because he was often drunk. In the same original act, was also written the judgment of Martin Miller, dated August 26, 1671.
On October 16, 1673, Ottilia Ensminger, widowed, Elisabeth Hanel, Hans Koppel's wife named Walpurgis, Jenis Lovy's wife named Gertrude, Ulrich Kiefer's wife called Appolonia, Hemmer Anstet's wife called Margaretha - all these women were recognized as being a sorceress and their heads were cut off with a sword and the bodies were burned at the place called "Galgen".