Bideford Witches could be pardoned

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has backed a petition to pardon the 'Bideford Witches' who were hanged in Exeter in 1682. Three women were hanged at Exeter Prison where a plaque in Rougemont Gardens commemorates their death.

Campaign to pardon Bideford witches

by Seth Conway

The last three women to be hanged for being witches in England may be pardoned more than 300 years after their deaths. An e-petition has been launched, and has won the backing of Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw.

The women, from Bideford in North Devon, may have simply been suffering from dementia. But not all historians agree that retrospective justice should happen.

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