Posted on Tuesday, 14 February, 2012 | 38 comments| News tip by: Still Waters
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The case of Katharina Henot who was burnt at the stake in 1627 has been re-opened this week.
Originally accused of practicing black magic, Katharina was arrested, tortured and paraded through the streets of Cologne before being tied to a stake and set on fire. Between the 14th and 19th century over 25,000 people in Germany alone were thought to have suffered a similar fate. Katharina's case is being re-examined mainly due to the efforts of evangelical pastor Hartmut Hegeler who has taken it upon himself to champion her cause and clear her name.
"Katharina Henot suffered her fiery fate in Cologne in 1627 after being found guilty of practicing black magic."