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'Vampire' discovered buried in Cemetery of Children in Italy
'I've never seen anything like it. It's extremely eerie and weird,' says archaeologist

A “
vampire burial” unearthed at a Roman site in Italy is evidence of ancient funeral practices to stop corpses rising from the dead, according to archaeologists.

The body of a 10-year-old child was buried ritualistically with a stone in its mouth, possibly out of fear it would return to spread disease to its community.

Known locally as the “Vampire of Lugnano”, evidence collected from the bones suggest the child was infected with malaria at the time it died.
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“I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s extremely eerie and weird,” said Professor David Soren, an archaeologist at the University of Arizona who has run excavations in the region for over three decades.


The remains are the latest unusual discovery to emerge from the Cemetery of Children, a site containing dozens of children’s bodies and evidence of witchcraft including toad bones, raven talons and bronze cauldrons.

Dated to a time in the fifth century when a deadly malaria outbreak swept across central Italy, archaeologists thought the cemetery had been set aside specifically for the babies and young children who would have been most vulnerable to the disease.

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...stone-mouth-archaeology-lugnano-a8582371.html
 

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Milton, Ont. ‘Psychic’ Dorie 'Madeena' Stevenson Charged With 'Witchcraft'

More notable because she was charged with pretending to practice witchcraft instead of actually practicing witchcraft.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/...stevenson-charged-with-witchcraft_a_23567392/

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Halton Regional Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman from Milton, Ont. and charged her with extortion, fraud over $5,000 and pretending to practise witchcraft.
 

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Milton, Ont. ‘Psychic’ Dorie 'Madeena' Stevenson Charged With 'Witchcraft'

More notable because she was charged with pretending to practice witchcraft instead of actually practicing witchcraft.

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/...stevenson-charged-with-witchcraft_a_23567392/

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Halton Regional Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman from Milton, Ont. and charged her with extortion, fraud over $5,000 and pretending to practise witchcraft.
What's the difference between practising witchcraft and pretending? Wouldn't the end result be the same?
 

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Maybe actually practicing is not illegal? I agree It's odd.
Presumably it's something to do with fraud, if you think you really are casting spells, the law doesn't recognise the supernatural but can't prosecute you for following your own unorthodox beliefs if they are not actually doing anything. However, if you, say, take money to cast spells you're well aware are never going to work because you're a charlatan, then you're liable to be up before the beak.
 

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Presumably it's something to do with fraud, if you think you really are casting spells, the law doesn't recognise the supernatural but can't prosecute you for following your own unorthodox beliefs if they are not actually doing anything.
Unless the 'spell' was intended to cause harm and the recipient knew of the spell. Then it's arguably a threat.
 

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Back in those very early days when Steve Moore would visit me to write out the mailing envelopes of the first few issues of FT, we'd be constantly giggling over headlines. THREE which have stuck in my memory (refusing to be dislodged) are :
AMAZING SMEAR ON HOME GUARD
FUCHS OFF AGAIN
THE BUNNYMAN IS BACK AND THIS TIME HE'S HOPPING MAD.
 

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Back in those very early days when Steve Moore would visit me to write out the mailing envelopes of the first few issues of FT, we'd be constantly giggling over headlines. THREE which have stuck in my memory (refusing to be dislodged) are :
AMAZING SMEAR ON HOME GUARD
FUCHS OFF AGAIN
THE BUNNYMAN IS BACK AND THIS TIME HE'S HOPPING MAD.
When I was a student we had a lecturer who was fond of such headlines. His favourite was YOUNG MARRIED COUPLE HAVE MOUNTING PROBLEMS.
 
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