The Devil scourges witches, 17th century was under the dominion of some peculiar species of lunacy." In The Occult (1971), Colin Wilson suggests she was a highly sexed woman with a vivid imagination, who turned to fantasies to alleviate the boredom of a dull existence; at some point, her fantasies became real to her. But after 15 years, the excitement of having a secret grew thin, and there was only one way to recharge it—by making a public confession.
The records also do not indicate what became of Gowdie or the other unfortunate Auldearne witches she named.
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