A dead woman in Spain just won the legal right to cut two of her sons out of her will after they repeatedly accused of being a witch.
Yes, you read that right.
Spain’s Supreme Court ruled that the woman was allowed to cut off two of her three children – Javier and Jorge – according to local reports.
Spain’s Supreme Court has ruled that a Basque mother of three who recently passed away was within her legal right to financially disown two of her offspring for the continuous psychological abuse they subjected her to.
“Her son Francisco Javier has accused her on repeated occasions of being evil, of practising witchcraft and said that her house is haunted and malevolent,” the Bilbao judge ruled.
The verdict follows an earlier appeal by the disgruntled children at a provincial court of Vizcaya in Spain’s Basque Country after their mother told them she was leaving them out of her will…
The judge also heard how one of the woman’s other sons – Jorge – “had accused her of all the wrongs in his life, refused to speak to her or allow her to be his mother, even hanging up the phone on her when calling him on his birthday”.
The woman’s third son, Ignacio, will inherit all of their mother’s assets.
It’s an interesting case because the children accusing her of having a haunted house is lumped in with much more serious allegations. For example, her lawyers say the kids also abandoned her despite her suffering from a chronic illness that kept her in a wheelchair.
I’m sure part of that is due to the historical and cultural context present in the region. According to Newsweek:
The Basque Country has historical ties to tales of witchcraft. According to The Smithsonian, the official journal from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., up to 7,000 people were investigated for witchcraft there between 1609 and 1614 as part of the Spanish Inquisition.
The bleak period surpassed the scope of Salem’s infamous witch trials, in which an estimated 200 people were investigated.
The idea of witchcraft has pervaded many societies, and it has never done anything good. In this case, it gave two apparently terrible children an excuse to torment their own mother.