I enjoy stories in which the heroes are scholars, like The Historian and Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons and Harry Potter. So I thoroughly enjoyed The Tale of Mary Ingelman, the First Witch of Winnsboro.
The first-person tale by Will Kale begins when the author visited a local history museum in South Carolina and was shown some articles about a woman, Mary Ingelman, who was accused of being a witch, found guilty, and tortured. The punishment took place in South Carolina in 1792 -- a full century after the Salem witch trials.
"Now I wonder," remarks the writer, "how many other 'witch' trials have been held in our country, hidden away and not talked about."
The story of what happened to Mary Ingelman, the untold and yet all-too-familiar fate of the old German immigrant woman who healed the sick, apparently hasn't seen print in generations, and the details on the website are intriguing. I think it would make an excellent book.
Indeed, there may be quite a few books out there waiting to be written, bloody stories of sorcery and retribution and the suppression of botanical and medical and feminine knowledge, the evidence buried in the time-encrusted vaults of local museums and historical societies.