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The Talamasca Caste (or Order of the Talamasca or simply Talamasca) is described as a secret society set up to watch over and keep track of the paranormal, in particular, witches, spirits, werewolves and vampires.
The Talamasca Caste is a fictional secret society described in the works of Anne Rice.
The process was that a woman suspected of being a witch would be denounced and brought to trial. If there was no confession she would be severely tortured by sleep deprivation, thumbscrews or witch-pricking to extort proof of guilt. When a confession was obtained, the woman had to denounce twelve others, as witches were supposed to meet in covens of thirteen, leading of course to more trials.
Some of the accused Pendle witches, such as Alizon Device, seem to have genuinely believed in their guilt, but others protested their innocence to the end.
an accused who sank was considered innocent, while floating indicated witchcraft. Demonologists developed inventive new theories about how it worked. The ordeal would normally be conducted with a rope holding the subject connected to assistants sitting in a boat or the like, so that the person being tested could be pulled in if he/she did not float; the notion that the ordeal was flatly devised as a situation without any possibility of live acquittal, even if the outcome was 'innocent', is a modern exaggeration. Some argued that witches floated because they had renounced baptism when entering the Devil's service. Jacob Rickius claimed that they were supernaturally light and recommended weighing them as an alternative to dunking them.
It was there they made the gruesome and terrifying discovery. Charles body lay contorted by the hedge. He had been pinned to the floor by his pitchfork and his hook was embedded in his body. Perhaps most disturbing of all was the sign of the cross, which had been carved into Charles' chest.
Spooner gave Fabian a book, Folklore, Old Customs and Superstitions in Shakespeare Land, in which the murder of young Alice Turner was detailed. She had been mutilated with a pitchfork by a man who believed she had bewitched him. Carving the cross and pinning her to the ground, her assailant said, was the only way to stop a witch rising from the grave.
Eerily, elsewhere in the book there was a tale related by a young man by the name of Charles Walton.
A Springfield teenager devoted to evangelism may have been murdered two months ago in a sacrificial rite of black magic, it was learned yesterday.
While Union County authorities declined comment of the mysterious death of 16-year-old Jeanette DePalma, informed sources confirmed there is evidence to indicate the involvement of teenage Satan-worshippers.
The Oak Grove Cemetery
What most of us know about Whitewater are of a fine university, great parks and our old neighbors to the north located in the northwest corner of Walworth County, Wisconsin. But, what many of us don't know are the things that lurk in the shadows there and ignite the subconscious in uncharted areas deep in the mind.
The Anderson Library Basement