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Sunday, October 22, 2006

'Chimney Rage' a Possible Motive

While we're on the subject of witchcraft, an article in today's Hartford Courant gives some additional details of the case against Mary Sanford—the ancestor whom Debra Avery is trying to clear.

Among other suspicious behavior, Sanford's accusers noted that she had partaken in "a bottle of sack" (liquor) on the Hartford town green. Avery guesses that perhaps such behavior ruffled the stodgy community.

Chimney rage is another possibility. Mary's husband, Andrew Sanford, held the post of "chimney viewer" - one who makes sure everyone's chimneys are clean and in good condition. One could have made plenty of enemies with such a job. [Link]

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