Women of Death Row

Witch Please

October 23, 2020

In this episode of Women of Death Row, we tell the story of Dame Alice Kyteler, a woman condemned and burned to death at the stake for witchcraft in Ireland on November 3, 1324. We also discuss breaking news of the confirmed date for Lisa Montgomery’s execution, Eric Menendez’s retrial, and why the new Netflix documentary film American Murder: The Family Next Door shook us to the core.

Listen in as we discuss how Bishop Richard de Ledrede’s declaration that his diocese was filled with devil worshipers led to the imprisonment and death of the supposed witch and demon worshipper Alice Kyteler. After recounting this dramatic tale, we go on to share our thoughts on the flaws of the death penalty, particularly in light of the cases of Lisa Montgomery and Scott Peterson.


Dame Alice Kyteler

The Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler by Bernadette Williams. 

Williams, B. (1994). The Sorcery Trial of Alice Kyteler. History Ireland, 2(4), 20-24.

Narrative of the proceedings against Dame Alice Kyteler for Sorcery. A.D. 1324. (1843). Camden Old Series, 24, 1-40. doi: 10.1017/s2042169900003242

Reichl, K. (2011). Medieval Oral Literature. Berlin: De Gruyter.


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