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The Source:

E.P. Evans:
"Superstition and Crime"
in: "Appleton's Popular Science Monthly", 1898

The Case:

In March, 1896, in Penkuhl a farmer had died. Then his son got ill. An old woman, who seemed to be something of a witch, suggested that the dead father might be a "Neuntöter". So the son went to the cemetery and decapitated the corpse of his father.

The Date:

We have been given 1896 as the year of the events.

The Place:

Penkuhl is now called Pienieznica and can be found some 200 km North of Poznan.

Possible Follow-Up:

Go find and read Evans' "Superstition and Crime" and try to find out if the story is mentioned elsewhere.

© 2012 by Rob Brautigam - NL - Last changed April 2012

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