You’ll forgive me if I say that there are some crime stories that are better in fiction. Oh~! Did I type that? Will I not delete that? Some subjects are too painful otherwise. For me, the four subjects I cannot tolerate in true crime are (a) stories of witch hunts and the exterminations of women, (b) stories of the slaughter of small children, (c) the Holocaust, and (d) racial mass murders and lynchings in the Civil Rights era. I’m no longer interested in non-fiction reading in any of these sub-subjects, not even to enjoy as history. They’re too godawful depressing.
It’s my guess that every true crime aficionado has things they can’t tolerate while the next true crime nut stands hypnotized. Do you avoid some subjects? Are there things you used to study that you’ve turned from? It seems everyone’s lists change over time. A story of a small child cruelly slaughtered didn’t make me blink until my own two darlings came along. Maybe we outgrow some things, too. I vaguely recall doing a lot of reading about witchcraft, witch hunts, and the Salem trials when I was a teenager, along with a lot of other girls fumbling their way through adolescence while studying the historical limits on female knowledge and behavior.
Long ago, I came across an impressive list of links about witches and witchcraft from the DMOZ Open Directory Project, Social_History / Oppression_and_Intolerance / Witch_Hunts. Some of these are excellent stories with good endings. Others are like the listening to the BBC World News Hour on the radio : they make me want to jump from the roof, -and without the broom. Maybe you’ll appreciate them more than I can right now. Maybe when I’m old I’ll wear purple robes and long earrings and give lectures on the Great Burnings.
- The Burning Times Myth - Article about the myth about "the burning times" by Arlea Æðelwyrd Hunt-Anschütz. Published in the Spring 1999 issue of Connections Journal.
- Gendercide Watch: European Witch-Hunts - A case study of the european witch hunts, c. 1450-1750 and witch hunts today.
- Greywing's Witch Hunt Research - Links and research into European and English witch hunts. Also links for grieving parents.
- Groton In The Witchcraft Times - Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Boston, 1883, 1-29, 3rd series.
- Historical Witches and Witchtrials in North America - Compiled by I.Marc Carlson.
- The Lindheim Witch Trials - The story, victims, and movie of the trials of 1664.
- The Malleus Maleficarum - Unabridged online republication of the 1928 edition. Introduction to the 1948 edition is also included. Translation, notes, and two introductions by Montague Summers.
- Mary Ingelman, The first witch of Winnsboro, S.C. - Describes the illegal trial where a lady named Mary Ingelman was accused, found guilty and tortured for being a witch in 1792 in Fairfield County, South Carolina.
- The Pendle Witches - The story of the Pendle Witches, detailing their family backgrounds, their alleged crimes, trial and terrible fate.
- Witch Hunt Commented Links - A link collection.
- The Witch Hunts - An archive of texts and documents.
- Witch Hunts - A collection of articles and some links.
- Witch Hunts (A.D. 1400-1800) - Articles and essays about Europeans' heightened concern with the phenomenon of witchcraft during the early modern era, including materials about specific witch-hunt episodes in Europe and America.
- Witch Trials of Long Island and Sayville - Witchcraft trial on Long Islandand the settlement of Sayville, with information about people accused of being witches in New York.
- Witchcraft & Magic History - The history of witchcraft and magic is usually concerned with the era of the witch-trials, a period that officially ended in Britainwith the passing of the Witchcraft Act of 1736.
- The Witchcraft Bibliography Project - Collect and disseminate bibliographical information about books and articles in many languages about witchcraft in early modern Europe. [PDF]
- Witchcraft Craze History - Personal and historical perspectives on the pursuit of witches and witchcraft in early modern Europe.
- Witchcraft, Magic and Witch Trials in Finland - A historical archive of witchhunt and witchcraft in Finland, based on studies by Ph.D. Antero Heikkinen, lawyer and historically oriented lawyer and criminologist Timo Kervinen, and Ph.D Marko Nenonen.
- Witches in the Bible and in the Talmud - Essay examining reports of witches in the Jewish Bible, in the context of the role of women and in relation to the subsequent history of witch hunts in Christian Europe in the Middle Ages.
- The Witching Hours - A starting-point for research into the European witch trials of the medieval through enlightenment periods.
- Helping 'Witches' Who Live in Exile - Christian Science Monitor article about the situation of widows in Ghanawho are branded as witches and forced to live in isolation. (June 22, 2006)