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Brandi Blackbear: Teen Witch of Broken Arrow

The name Brandi Blackbear doesn't get enough mention when it comes to the history of witchcraft, civil rights and completely unjust witch trials. That's especially since this young woman's story isn't one placed in a time of antiquity. Brandi isn't a witch ancestor from the distant past with the likes of Bridget Bishop, Rebecca Nurse or any of the others from the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Her story is set in the year 2000 in the town of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. With that being only 21 years ago, it's likely that you won't be searching your ancestral connection to this person for quite a while, but her profile deserves attention, and so it belongs here on the Witchcraft Family Tree site. Brandi Blackbear is young, and her story is recent, but she is indeed a noteworthy figure in witchcraft history. In October in the year 2000, Brandi Blackbear was suspended from Union Intermediate School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The High Schooler was merely 15-yea

Grace Sherwood of Colonial Virginia

Grace Sherwood is a name that many Americans haven't heard -- outside the state of Virginia, at least. That's because, when most people think about witchcraft in early American history, they more-often-than-not think of the Salem Witch Trials, which took place in 1692. However, there were quite a few other isolated witch trials throughout the United States following the iconic Salem Trials -- some of which ended in the deaths of the accused. Grace Sherwood escaped death, but she was convicted and imprisoned in the year 1706. She spent eight years in jail for practicing witchcraft, before she was ultimately released. She died at the age of 80, on her property in Princess Anne County, Virginia.  Prior to her 1706 conviction, Grace Sherwood was accused of witchcraft multiple times. First, she was accused of causing a bull's death by use of supernatural enchantment. This 1697 case ended in a dismissal, but she was again accused the following year by her neighbors, who accused h

Sir Robert Tresilian: The Secret Witch of King's Bench

Sir Robert Tresilian was a chief justice of the King's Bench in England during the late 1300s. During the height of his life he was a wealthy banker, lawman and fierce loyalist to King Richard II. He was notably executed due to his allegiance to the abdicated king, and his involvement in conflicts with the Lords Appellant. However, few know that his execution was carried out in a particularly violent way due to a discovery made after his conviction in court. It turned out, to the surprise of the King's Bench, Sir Robert was a witch . On February 19, 1388, Sir Robert Tresilian was led to the Tower of London by armed guards to be executed by hanging -- a standard mode of execution, which was usually quick and efficient. However, once he was knelt before his captors, Tresilian is said to have uttered a brazen confession as his final words. “While I carry a certain something around me, I am not able to die.”  This piqued the suspicion of those around him, and he was immediately he