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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Unusually Buoyant Woman Granted Pardon

Grace Sherwood, Virginia's only convicted witch, was pardoned by the governor on Monday—the 300th anniversary of her trial by "ducking."

On July 10, 1706, Sherwood's thumbs were tied to her toes and she was dropped into a river. She floated, proof that she was guilty because the pure water cast out her evil spirit, according to the belief system of the time. [Link]

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