Vengeful Ghosts

A common belief about ghosts is that they represent forces of vengeance.  Indeed, at times it was believed that the living could, before their death, plot their ghostly revenge.  In England in the early 1600s, a woman named Frances Barker went before a magistrate and said that she had been abuse by John Banson, the father of her illegitimate child, who had verbally abused her and forced her to change towns often, in order that her pregnancy not be discovered.  One of his threats to her had been that, if she did not listen to him, he could commit suicide, and his ghost would tear her into pieces.


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