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Exhibition on female criminals throughout centuries as part of annual Aberdeen crime writing festival

Posted On: 17 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: Press and Journal

Exhibition on female criminals throughout centuries as part of annual Aberdeen crime writing festival

Merely looking at someone before they fell ill was enough to convince citizens of Aberdeen that a woman could be a witch as hysteria swept through the city in the late 19th century.
While witchcraft trials are most notably associated with the city of Salem in America, dozens of women in Aberdeen were accused of being in cahoots with the devil in the 1590s.
And such tales are among several fascinating insights into the past of the north-east which have been dug out from ancient records for an upcoming exhibition.
The local authority's senior archivist, Katy Kavanagh, has taken out original records from Aberdeen City Council to showcase women criminals across the centuries.
As part of the Granite Noir crime writing festival, she has curated a free exhibition titled Outcasts: Women, Crime and Society.
She will discuss the public's fascination with women who commit crimes, such as murder or violent acts, and challenge the notion of society's “nurturing sex”.
Ms Kavanagh said: “Both the exhibition and the talk...

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