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Revolting Russian Superstition

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Revolting Russian Superstition

Post by Karen on Tue 2 Mar 2010 - 15:22

A Revolting Russian Superstition.

A curiosity of unpleasant peasant superstition has been revealed at a trial in southern Russia, which ended in the conviction of four peasants for the murder of a girl 11 years old. The superstition recalls that about the thieves and the candles narrated in connection with the Whitechapel murders. These peasants, it seems, were believers in the superstition that candles made of human fat rendered the bearers invisible. To obtain these articles they first attempted to murder a boy in the forest and next tried to kill an old peasant; thirdly, a Russian clergyman, and being disturbed on all three occasions, at last succeeded in murdering Sukerin Cherkaschinn. With the fat from the child's body they made candles, and with their help attempted to commit a robbery. The light of the candles betrayed them, which seems a singularly just happening, and on being arrested they confessed everything. The evidence in court showed the belief in the thieves' candle superstition to be very wide-spread in Russia. - Cor. Philadelphia Press.

Source: Daily Light, Saturday March 23, 1889

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