Witch-prickers are the stuff of horror films. A man in the tall hat and the dark cloak of a Puritan who comes to town to terrorise helpless women. But what if the witch-pricker was actually a woman in disguise? In Scotland, in 1662, that's exactly what happened.
A woman named Christian Caddell had watched one of Scotland's most famous witch-prickers at work, and thought 'I could do that!'
There was one problem: at this time most normal jobs were men only.
This was an extraordinary job. But by dressing as a man, she got away with it.
Thats religion for ya! the christians used to chuck the pagan women in the water, if she floated she was a witch, so they burned her alive, but if she sank, she was not a witch...but drowned.
Thankfully this practice and practices like stoning are no longer in use, well, in most religions anyway.
In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.