Archive for Friday, August 24, 2007

Wiccans accused of leaving raccoon entrails

August 24, 2007


— A self-proclaimed high priestess of Salem witches and a second person were accused of tossing raccoon parts on the doorsteps of businesses, allegedly as part of a Wiccan community feud.

Sharon Graham, 46, and a fellow Wiccan, Frederick Purtz, 22, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of littering and malicious destruction of property. Graham also was charged with intimidating a witness.

They were accused of putting a raccoon head and entrails on the doorsteps of Angelica of the Angels and the Goddess' Treasure Chest in May.

The historic seaport, famous for holding witch trials in the 17th century, has an active Wiccan community and thriving witch-related tourism.

David Gavegnano, an attorney for Graham, and Sean Wynne, an attorney for Purtz, both denied that their clients had anything to do with the incident. They also argued that at any rate, the malicious destruction charge wasn't valid because the storefronts weren't permanently damaged.


Ragingbear 10 years, 10 months ago

Many Wiccans are also vegetarian/vegan with an extreme sense of care for nature. Nor are there any Wiccan rites or spells that use any biological components from human or animal. Only vegetable or mineral.

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