Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Herdswomen with beautiful floral cow. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.Yesterday, herdsmen and women in Germany celebrated their annual cattle drive down the alpine mountains. According to Getty Images this tradition "dates back through centuries, and in countries like Germany, Switzerland and Austria alm culture has a deep resonance in folk hist … [Read more...]

Should Fatal Encounters Fill in the Blanks on Witchcraft Slaying?

Actors portraying Angela Sanford and Joel Levya.

Through 2010, and into the beginning of 2011, I covered the case of Angela Sanford, a Wiccan who killed Joel Leyva in what some media described as a ritualistic sacrifice. While Sanford initially said the killing was in self-defense after Leyva tried to rape her, that story started to unravel when evidence surfaced that the violent encounter may have been premeditated. Ultimately, Sanford plead no contest to second-degree murder, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Now, the story is being dr … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Christopher Vaughn’s Druid Beliefs, John Friend’s Scandal, and the Occult Crimes Taskforce

Image from the O.C.T. comic, featuring Sophia Ortiz/Rosario Dawson.

Just a few quick news notes for you today.Lawyers May Not Mention Druid Beliefs in Vaughn Murder Trial: Earlier this week I mentioned that lawyers for Christopher Vaughn, accused of murdering his wife and three children, were trying to block any mention of his Druid religion from court proceedings.  Public Defender Jaya Varghese said that “The word ‘Druid’ alone is prejudicial,” and would “significantly impact” his right to a fair trial. Today, Judge Daniel Rozak ruled that Vaughn's Druid bel … [Read more...]

Richard Carpenter, creator of “Robin of Sherwood,” dies aged 78

Richard 'Kip' Carpenter

On Sunday, February 26th, British screenwriter and author Richard 'Kip' Carpenter died at the age of 78 after suffering a heart attack. While Carpenter first came to popular acclaim in Britain thanks to his 1970 children's show "Catweazle," about a time-traveling 11th century sorcerer, for most people (particularly Pagans of a certain age) he's known as the head writer and creator of "Robin of Sherwood." That show, which ran on British television in the mid-1980s, and then later broadcast in … [Read more...]


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