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[caption id="attachment_885" align="aligncenter" width="678"] L'Execution d'Urbain Grandier, 1634[/caption]
From different source: "Grandier served as priest in the church of Sainte Croix in Loudun, in the Diocese of Poitiers. Ignoring his vow of celibacy, he is known to have had sexual relationships with a number of women and to have acquired a reputation as a philanderer. He also wrote a book attacking the doctrine of clerical celibacy. In 1632, a group of nuns from the local Ursuline convent accused him of having bewitched them, sending the demon Asmodai, among others, to commit evil and impudent acts with them. Modern commentators on the case, sussch as the author Aldous Huxley, have argued that the accusations began after Grandier refused to become the spiritual director of the convent, unaware that the Mother Superior, Sister Jeanne of the Angels, had become obsessed with him, having seen him from afar and heard of his sexual exploits. According to Huxley, Sister Jeanne, enraged by his rejection, instead invited Canon Mignon, an enemy of Grandier, to become the director. Jeanne then accused Grandier of using black magic to seduce her. The other nuns gradually began to make similar accusations. Grandier was arrested, interrogated and tried by an ecclesiastical tribunal, which acquitted him."
"Grandier had gained the enmity of the powerful Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister of France, after a public verbal attack against him. Grandier had also written and published scathing criticisms of Richelieu. Richelieu ordered a new trial, conducted by his special envoy Jean de Laubardemont, a relative of the Mother Superior of the convent of Loudun. Grandier was rearrested at Angers and the possibility of appealing to the Parlement of Paris was denied to him."
"the judges (clerics Lactance, Laubardemont, Surin and Tranquille) introduced documents purportedly signed by Grandier and several demons as evidence that he had made a diabolical pact. It is unknown whether Grandier wrote or signed the pacts under duress, or whether they were entirely forged."
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The Pact 2[/caption]
- -According to 'The Devils of Loudon' a judge said:
"Of all the accidents by which the good sisters were tormented, none seems stranger than that which befell the Mother Superior. The day after she gave her evidence, while M. de Laubardemont was taking the deposition of another nun, the Prioress appeared in the convent yard, dressed only in her chemise, and stood there for the space of two hours, in the pouring rain, bareheaded, a rope round her neck, a candle in her hand. When the parlor door was opened, she rushed forward, fell on her knees before M. de Laubardemont and declared that she had come to make amends for the offense she had committed in accusing the innocent Grandier. After which, having retired, she fastened the rope to a tree in the garden and would have hanged herself if the other sisters had not come running to the rescue."
"The judges who condemned Grandier ordered that he be put to the 'extraordinary question', a horrific form of torture (explained below), but despite torture, Grandier still never confessed to witchcraft."
[caption id="attachment_888" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "The Extraordinary Question" is basically waterboarding times a thousand. The person is thrown on the ground or tied to something, his arms and legs are pinned down, his head raised or fixed to where pouring in the water is easiest. Often they would use a gun barrel to keep his mouth open, the nose is plugged by anything from a rag tied tightly around his head/nose to sticking bamboo in the nostrils. In this way water is steadily poured in, one, two, three, four, five gallons, until the body becomes "an object frightful to contemplate". In this condition, of course, speech is impossible, so the water is squeezed out of the victim, sometimes naturally, and sometimes as "a young soldier with a smile" told the correspondent "we jump on them to get it out quick." After a few such treatments the prisoner either talks or can easily die.'[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_115" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Xtra: Unsolved Occult Cases[/caption]
- The story, told powerfully in the recent documentary entitled Cropsey, initially revolved around a classic but creepy boogeyman-type figure who stole children.
- Cropsey director Joshua Zeman remembers when he was young and growing up in Staten Island.
"Our counselors would lead us through the woods, past Seaview, and we'd beg to go in there."
- Though he was never officially charged with the Staten Island child murders, Rand is currently serving 50 years to life for kidnapping and first-degree murder and is still the top suspect in the Cropsey disappearances.
-The vehicle contained all the Jamisons’ personal belongings, including their dog, which was incredibly malnourished. Their cell phones were inside, along with their wallets, IDs, and a bag with $32,000 cash. Their remains weren’t found until four years later, when two hunters found them in an isolated area. The bodies had decomposed too much to determine a cause of death. Several theories tried to explain what had happened to the family of three.
-The first concerned the large amount of cash they’d had on them. It was suspected that they might have been involved with drugs. However, no other evidence pointed to that.
“3 cats killed to date by people in this area . . . Witches don’t like their black cats being killed..”
-Police never figured out who wrote the message and when Sherilyn’s mother was questioned, she blamed a cult for the murders. She wouldn’t say which cult, but it was one that worked in Southeast Oklahoma. She also denied that the family was involved with witchcraft.