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Heinrich Kramer
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Witch Hunter
    (circa 1430-1505)
    Resided in Germany
    Also known as 'Henry Institoris'
    Dominican Priest
    Inquisitors of the Catholic Church (1484)
    Co-wrote with Jakob Sprenger the 'Malleus Maleficarum' ('Hammer of Witches' 1486)
    He and Jakob Sprenger were obsessed with witchcraft.
    He and Jakob Sprenger advocated torturing suspects and/or burning them at the stake.
    He and Jakob Sprenger hated women, describing them as 'sluts' and 'incomplete animals.'
    He and Jakob Sprenger said that old women and Jews were probably witches and should never be trusted.
    He and Jakob Sprenger 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 Jakob Sprenger 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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