In 1612, ten people from the Lancashire borough of Pendle were sentenced to death for the crimes of witchcraft and murder. Among the flimsy body of evidence presented to the jury was the testament of a 9-year-old child. Her words helped condemn members of her own community, including her own mother and her older brother. British Paranormal takes a look at the story of Jennet Device, the child behind the Pendle Witch executions.
King James I famously declared witchcraft to be “high treason against God”. He should have added “… and treason is a form of witchcraft”. The Tudors and Stuart Kings and Queens of England perceived witchcraft as a very serious threat to their reigns. They believed that it was possible for diabolical powers to be deployed against them in order to knock them from the throne. Witchcraft was a political tool. British Paranormal takes a look at this curious aspect of the witch craze in early modern England.
In July 1682, the little Devonshire village of Bideford was rocked by accusations of witchcraft made against three local women. A number of witnesses came forward to accuse the trio of having consorted with the Devil in order to bring misfortune and misery to the village. British Paranormal takes a look at the case of the Bideford witches and asks what lay behind this strange and tragic episode of West Country history.
On 19th May 2018 Prince Harry got married. It didn’t take long before the conspiratorially minded began picking apart the ceremony in an attempt to uncover the illuminati symbolism of this mass media event. Allegations of Occultism, Satanism and Masonry were woven into narratives stories with bizarre accusations and outright falsehoods peppered throughout. British Paranormal takes a look at the conspiracy theories.
Few names are as infamous as that of Matthew Hopkins. The one time Witchfinder General’s legendary passion for seeking out and persecuting witches has caused his name to echo down the ages. Painted as a religious fanatic, whose lust for witch blood knew no bounds, Matthew Hopkins has become synonymous with religious zeal gone wrong. British Paranormal takes a look at the real Matthew Hopkins and asks was this brutal man a fraud or a fanatic?
It is almost exactly 25 years to the day that Windsor Castle was decimated by a disastrous fire. In the same year the British Royal Family faced one of its toughest tests ever, with many believing that the fire at Windsor signaled the coming collapse of the dynasty. Many even speculated that the Royal Family may be subject to some terrible curse, but what was the origin of this curse? British Paranormal looks at some of the supposed sources of the Royal Family’s bad luck in 1992.
Most people associate the idea of witch trials with the distant past, relegating them to an unscientific age, before humankind became educated and enlightened. The surprising truth is that witchcraft cases were actually being heard in British courts little over one hundred years ago. Yes, at the same time Freud and Jung were discovering the secrets of the human mind and years after Darwin had explained the origin of the species, ordinary men and women in the United Kingdom continued to believe staunchly in the existence of witchcraft. The belief was so vehement, it even entered Victorian court rooms.
As Halloween fast approaches, British Paranormal discusses five of its favourite witchcraft-related party games. Not for the faint of heart, these games predict the future, deliver paranormal messages and even grant wishes. So if you are looking for something to do this Halloween, how about trying out one or two of our favourite Halloween party games?
British Paranormal takes a look at a new conspiracy theory that places the descendants of Aleister Crowley at the very apex of global power. According to some, there is persuasive evidence that indicates that Crowley may well be Barbara Bush’s biological father, making George W Bush the grandson of the Great Beast himself. Unlikely? Decide for yourself. Read More
Brighton is famous for a lot of things, but it’s a little known fact that the city once played host to the final magical ritual of the Great Beast himself, Aleister Crowley. In 1947, the wickedest man in Britain was cremated in Brighton’s Woodvale Crematorium, amidst tabloid scandal and public outcry. British Paranormal takes a look at the controversial funeral, which led many to believe the city would be cursed forever.