In 1937, A Badass Old Lady Sued Her Neighbor For Calling Her a Witch

This is the Virginia home of “Aunt Jane” Dutton in 1937, when the 82-year-old was accused by her neighbor, “Rocky Joe” Stanley, 83, of being a witch—a slanderous accusation so low she sought a warrant for his arrest. The ensuing trial offered a fascinating mix of courtroom drama and local folklore. »7/24/15 11:00am

The Real-Life Letter Of Apology Written By The Salem Witch Trial Jury

It's almost October, which means Halloween is just around the corner — the witching hour to end all witching hours is almost upon us. But about the real-life stories of witches who were burned and celebrated? A new book, The Penguin Book of Witches, provides actual documents. And we've got a doozy of an excerpt. »9/30/14 1:50pm

The best quote from election night managed to incorporate a Dune reference

Nate Silver is the talk of the internet today, and for good reason. When every news outlet on the planet was presenting the presidential race as a dead heat, the NYT's political stats guru was giving Obama a greater than 90 percent chance of clinching a second term — a call he's been making for weeks. In any case: the… »11/07/12 5:26pm