I stumbled upon the stories of Old Man Stout (he has a lot of different first names depending on the story) and Marsha Millsaps, both of Fentress County who were accused of being witches. There seems to be a widespread belief that Stout was actually charged with witchcraft and seemed to fail (or pass, I guess) many of the tests for witchcraft, but was only saved because the judge and prosecutor refused to take up the case. He then, supposedly, sued his accusers. A short time later Millsaps was accused by “A Wizzard” (gosh, I wonder if he’s in the census) of being a witch and fucking dogs. She sued for defamation and won.
The Butcher came home about ten this morning. I felt relieved. I still feel relieved. I am relieved.
My heart is really full.