Reading a old article about witch hunt in the Swedish edition of National Geographic nr 9 2008 I got to know a lot about the witch hunt, torture and murder in Europe.
It started in Switzerland and had more than 50.000 victims, women and men, 25 000 in Germany, 10 000 in Poland as can be seen in this graph.
Ria Voltmer in Trier in Germany and Rainer Decker in Paderborn have both made researches about this issue.
1/4 of the victims of this hsyssteria were men, the rest women.
History of Witch hunt
Jehowah witness have a special view about the Catholic and Protestant church Hell and Paradise vision. JW.org writes about witch hunts in https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/g201405/european-witch-hunts/
I think that the JW article is reliable as it is confirmed by the article in National Geographic. So I see no reason to write a similar text here.
All kind of tools were invented to get more pain without killing, like chairs with spikes and mouth teeths damageing tools.
Proof of innocence
If a women did not confess after the torture they were considered innocent. but many left the torture chamber witouth nails, teeth and fingers.
At risc were people who had enemies or e.g. raped women.
Anna Göldi was a young probably pretty girl who was raped by Johann jakob Tschudi who was her employer to save his career as politician. Anna Göldi was killed with a sword 1782. There is a museum in her memory in Glarus ( https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glarus_(kanton) )
SHe was killed by sword but many other died under horrible torture.
It is remarcable how protestant and catholic clerks could be so evil.
Their excuse was.
“It is better for these witches to experience torture than the fire in Hell.”
God and Jesus must have been aware about the possible consequences of this talk about Hell.
Witch hunt today
So far stories from the past. How is it today?
This happened 2009 in Nigeria.
“Police in Nigeria are holding a goat handed to them by a vigilante group, which said it was a car thief who had used witchcraft to change shape.”
Another article from 2012 deals with this issue in https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lancashire-19211852