Virginia gov clears convicted witch

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Witch of Pungo is no longer a witch. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine exonerated Grace Sherwood, Virginia's only convicted witch tried by water, on Monday, the 300th anniversary of Sherwood's "ducking."

Sherwood, a midwife who at times wore men's clothes, was accused causing a neighbor to miscarry. On July 10, 1706, she was dropped into the Lynnhaven River and floated -- proof she was guilty, according to belief system of the time.

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