[Reading] ➶ The Yorkshire Witch ➬ Summer Strevens – Thomashillier.co.uk

The Yorkshire Witch On The Morning Of 20 March 1809, The Woman Who Had Earned Herself The Title Of The Yorkshire Witch Was Hanged Upon York S New Drop Gallows Before An Estimated Crowd Of 20,000 People Some Of Those Who Came To See Mary Bateman Die Had Traveled All The Way From Leeds, Many Of Them On Foot, And Many Of Them Were Doubtless The Victims Of Her Hoaxes And Extortion A Consummate Con Artist, Mary Was Extremely Adept At Identifying The Psychological Weaknesses Of The Desperate And Poor Who Populated The Growing Industrial Metropolis Of Leeds At The Turn Of The Nineteenth Century Exploiting Their Fears And Terror Of Witchcraft, Mary Bateman Was Well Placed To Rob Them Of All Their Worldly Goods, Yet She Did Much Than Cause Misery And Penury Though Tried And Convicted On A Single Murder Charge, The Contemporary Branding Of Bateman As A Serial Killer Is Doubtless Accurate Meticulously Researched, This Accessible, And At Times Shocking Retelling Of Mary Bateman S Life, And Indeed Her Death, Is The First Since The Publication Chronicling Her Criminal Career Appeared In Print In 1811, Two Years After Her Execution Not Only Focusing On The Details Of Her Felonies And The Consequences To Her Victims, It Also Examines The Macabre Legacy Of Her Mortal Remains, A Bone Of Contention Literally You Might Say With The Continuous Public Display Of Her Skeleton In The Thackray Medical Museum Until The Recent Removal Of This Controversial Exhibit.


10 thoughts on “The Yorkshire Witch

  1. says:

    Mary Bateman aka The Yorkshire Witch was hanged on 20 March 1809 at the Castle of York before a crowd of approximately 20,000 men, women and children A festive atmosphere prevailed Souvenirs were sold and families picnicked nearby Victims of Mary s hoaxes were among the onlookers at this momentous occasion.From a very young age, Mary s behavior seemed to be that of a psychopath She was dubbed The Yorkshire Witch since she claimed to be a clairvoyant She used her imaginary supernatural powers to remove evil spells, provide magic cures and influence romantic feelings Additionally, Mary was a compulsive liar, thief and confidence trickster Fueled by greed, Mary s scams escalated Eventually, a plot was hatched to eliminate her gullible victims after they were stripped of all their worldly possessions This was the case with victim Rebecca Perigo, poisoned by Mary Bateman.Poverty and overcrowding existed in Mary s hometown of Leeds in the late 1700 s The Industrial Revolution was turning Leeds into a rapidly growing industrial town Mary exploited the desperate and the poor One scam was to employ a fictitious woman named Miss Blythe Letters of request would be sent to Miss Blythe asking for advice and Mary acting as Miss Blythe s agent would forge responses accompanied by both monetary demands ...


  2. says:

    This is the story Of Mary Bateman and boy she was resourceful I really enjoyed this read, I like forensics science and this book gave me a good idea about how things were done in the early times Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy Mary Bateman n e Harker was born in Asenby, a town in the parish of Topcliffe on the south bank of the River Swale, the date of her birth was unrecorded, only her baptism s date was recorded 15 January 1768 approximative birth date late in 1767 or early 1768 , she was the third of six children born to Benjamin Harker and his wife Ann Dunning Since she was young, Mary has been said to be of a knavish and vicious disposition At the age of five, she was reported stealing a pair of morocco shoes, secreted them for some months in her father s barn, bringing them out later pretending she had found them At the age of twelve, in an attempt to mend Mary s ways, her parents placed her in service with a family in Thirsk There, Mary was a maid of all work and inspite of her being from an agricultural family, she was literate possibly taught at Sunday School After several dismissals from households in Thirsk, Mary moved to York in 1787, worked there, got dismissed again for the theft of articles from her mistress and then moved to Leeds Once...


  3. says:

    Exploiting the vulnerable and deceiving the desperate were skills Mary Bateman excelled at Known as the Yorkshire Witch many believed that Mary Bateman did indeed possess powers to communicate with spirits and have the abilities to banish evil Those targeted by Bateman handed over their possessions and their money for her services and moving from place to place ensured this was a woman who could evade the discovery that she was a fraud That was until she became too confident and used her so called healing potions to poison unsuspecting victims resulting in their deaths Only charged and convicted for one murder it is widely believed Mary Bateman was responsible for at least four, with possibly victims not known about.Summer Strevens has written a well researched book on the Yorkshire Witch that is enjoyable to read and not only informs of the criminal life of Mary Batem...


  4. says:

    The Yorkshire Witch By Summer Stevens is the life of trial of Mary Bateman On the morning of 20 March 1809, the woman who had earned herself the title of The Yorkshire Witch was hanged upon York s New Drop gallows before an estimated crowd of 20,000 people.Some of those who came to see Mary Bateman die had travelled all the way from Leeds, many of them on foot, and many of them were doubtless the victims of her hoaxes and extortions.A consummate con artist, Mary was extremely adept at identifying the psychological weaknesses of the desperate and poor who populated the growing industrial metropolis of Leeds at the turn of the nineteenth century Exploiting their fears and terror of witchcraft, Mary Bateman was well placed to rob them of all their worldly goods, yet she did much than cause misery and penury though...


  5. says:

    Before I started reading this book, I made sure I had read Extraordinary Life And Character Of Mary Bateman, The Yorkshire Witch Traced From The Earliest Thefts Of Her Infancy, Etc Till Her Execution On The 20th Of March, 1809, the 1811 publication that ran to 12 reprints I read that first because I wanted to have a look at information as close in time to the events as possible I wish I hadn t I would probably have enjoyed the volume by Strevens a lot I don t know how the blurb on the back gets away with calling it meticulously researched , because much of it appears to be a rehash of the 1811 publication into modern English There is lots of filler information about the history of areas of the country, what life was like, side discussions about other female murderers, diseases, different types of hanging methods etc to pad it out, but the core is still the older publication, just reworded But where further information was actually required for reader understanding, it was lacking Or maybe my knowledge of medicinal plants is lacking, but I would have thought when reference to particular plants being toxic or used to induce an abortion probably by Bateman , we might at least of been told a little of the science behind it The autho...


  6. says:

    Interesting, and obviously thoroughly researched account of an infamous Yorkshire character from the late 1700s early 1800s Written in an easy read, chatty style.Whilst Mary Bateman was nicknamed the Yorkshire Witch, readers should not be looking out for an account of anyone tried of witchcraft or having gotten up to majorly witchly ways even though apparently people were expecting her to witch her way out of the hangman s noose at the very end In plain fact Mary Bateman seems to have been a compulsive thief and liar, along with being a con artist trickster and murderer poison being the method of choice The book follows a chronological pattern of Mary s life, as much as is known, from her childhood around the Thirsk region, then from going in to work, briefly being at York before living in many, many addresses in Leeds her marriage, her children and her many victims and scams, including the prophet hen of Leeds, and the Perigo ...


  7. says:

    This book is about the life and trial of Mary Bateman She was hanged on March 20, 1809 after being convicted of murder just days before But Mary s crimes began many years earlier when at the age of 5 she stole a pair of shoes She became a very clever con woman and thief, and while she was convicted of one murder, there were several other unusual deaths within her circle of influence over the years The author has compiled the known facts about Mary and the society she lived in, in order to tell the story of this infamous woman s life from childhood to her death I found this book to be very well written The author has organized the chapters so that each covers a section of her life and her activities during that time We get to see how her crimes escalate over time Mary apparently employed the use of fictitious personas to lure her victims into her schemes She was somewhat educated and knew how to read...


  8. says:

    Mary Bateman was what the Americans in the Old West called a Snake Oil Salesman , but much .At the time this book was set there were no doctors, social services or anyone whose job it was to look after the populace.She was persuasive She knew how to influence and manipulate local people, who were simple folk, willing to grasp anything to make things better Quite rightly she was tried for her heinous crimes and hanged in York, where throngs of people came from all over to watch the execution, treated it as a day out.Evil Mary Bateman got the justice she deserved There were numerous women and men who did the same, but got away with it A fascinating read ...


  9. says:

    I received a free copy of this book from net galley in exchange for an honest review This work of nonfiction reads like a fiction story which makes it much enjoyable as non fiction usually tends to b...


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