The legend of Walpurga Hausmannin is one of the scariest witch stories in the world. It is told as a tale of one of the most horrible killers in German history. However, the story seems to be half-truth and half legend. It also holds an unsolved mystery related to one of the darkest human practices.
Her exact birth date is unknown, but she was born between 1510 and 1527. For most of her life, she wasn't a particularly well-known person, but in the 16th century witch hunts she became a victim of terrible tortures and a trial which ended before it had even started.
Torturing accused witches, 1577. (Public Domain)
Killer Witch or Unstable Woman?
Walpurga worked as a maid for many years. She seems to have been a respected and valued worker – there are no stories about bad behavior until later in her life. Who could have imagined that she would be accused of witchcraft, vampirism, and murdering children?
The accusations took place in 1587, when she was an older woman. It is known that when Walpurga was accused, she was already a widow. There is no information about her having children. She lived in poverty, and perhaps hoped to die of old age, but instead she died in one of the most famous witch trails in German history.
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