“The only thing that’s monstrous here is the miscarriage of justice”

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Under Her Spell: A ‘Witch’ Shows Her Face, 300 Years After Her Death—Mindy Weisberger, Live Science [HT Avalonia]

Forensic experts have reconstructed the face of a Scottish woman imprisoned on suspicion of witchcraft more than 300 years ago.

Lilias Adie was an elderly woman who lived in the village of Torryburn, Scotland. According to local legends, in 1704, a neighbor accused her of plotting evil mischief. During Adie’s interrogation, she confessed to trafficking with the devil, and died in prison shortly after her confession, before she could be burned alive for her alleged crimes.

“It’s sad to think her neighbors expected some terrifying monster,” Louise Yeoman, a historian for “Time Travels,” said in a statement.

“She was actually an innocent person who’d suffered terribly. The only thing that’s monstrous here is the miscarriage of justice,” Yeoman said.