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Witch Hunter
    (July 24, 1884-April 8, 1945)
    Resided in Germany
    Dominican Priest
    Dean of Cologne University
    Inquisitors of the Catholic Church (1484)
    Co-wrote with Heinrich Kramer the 'Malleus Maleficarum' ('Hammer of Witches' 1486)
    He and Heinrich Kramer were obsessed with witchcraft.
    He and Heinrich Kramer advocated torturing suspects and/or burning them at the stake.
    He and Heinrich Kramer hated women, describing them as 'sluts' and 'incomplete animals.'
    He and Heinrich Kramer said that old women and Jews were probably witches and should never be trusted.
    He and Heinrich Kramer claimed that witches could make men's penises detach themselves, slither around, and even eat corn (!).
    One scholar describes them as 'sexually-fixated psychopaths.'
    When Cologne University condemned the book, they forged a good review and circulated it.
    He and Heinrich Kramer used their authority from the Pope to arrest anyone who questioned their work.
    For more than 300 years, their book was used to prosecute, torture and kill innocent people.
    Pope Innocent VIII sanctioned his work.
    The book is full of graphic sex, and probably gave 15th-century readers quite a thrill.
    The book was a bestseller, going through 29 editions in just 15 years.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro

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