Catholic priest Pedro Ruiz Calderón was put on trial in Mexico City for practicing black magic.
Records of the trial that took place in the year 1540 have revealed the startling nature of the case. Rather than attempting to plead his innocence like most people would, Calderón instead boasted about the remarkable 'superpowers' he claimed to have. These included turning invisible, predicting the future, teleporting over large distances, turning base metals in to gold and the summoning of demons. He even claimed that he had journeyed in to hell itself in order to obtain many of his abilities.
Surprisingly, despite prosecutor Fray Juan de Zumárraga's notorious use of extreme punishments, Calderón received only an exile back to Spain and a two-year ban from giving Catholic services.
"According to the trial records, Calderón claimed that he went to hell itself to acquire some of his abilities."
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