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Posted on 08/23/2007 10:06:33 AM PDT by SmithL
Salem, Mass. (AP) -- A self-proclaimed high priestess of Salem witches and a second person were accused of tossing raccoon parts on the doorsteps of businesses, allegedly as part of a Wiccan community feud.
Sharon Graham, 46, and a fellow Wiccan, Frederick Purtz, 22, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of littering and malicious destruction of property. Graham also was charged with intimidating a witness.
They were accused of putting a racoon head and entrails on the doorsteps of Angelica of the Angels and the Goddess' Treasure Chest in May.
The historic seaport, famous for holding witch trials in the 17th century, has an active Wiccan community and thriving witch-related tourism.
Lawyers for Graham and Purtz said the charges were "sensationalized" and argued that the malicious destruction charge wasn't valid because the storefronts weren't permanently damaged.
A witness, Richard Watson, told police he accompanied Graham, Purtz and other people when they put the raccoon remains on the doorsteps. He said Graham hoped to frame a Wiccan businessman who had fired Graham from a psychic telephone business last spring.
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“accused of tossing raccoon parts on the doorsteps of businesses”
Michael VIck was unavailable for comment.
The witch tourist area is very, very tacky (and crowded).
Tell me about it—I like one town away and traffic is hell
in October. It’s a month long wacko party with tourists
coming in from all over.
Another promising career cut short!
He really should have seen that coming.
I guess, given your post, that I should be glad that I got stuck in a traffic jam on my way there a few years back when I was visiting some friends of mine in the Bostom area.
ah...yes, among my interests are “furry cartoons” and
radio so it combines them...
The more things change....
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