Illustration by Corey Brickley

I Bought a Witches’ Prison

In 2005, Vanessa Mitchell moved into her dream home, a former medieval jail where England’s witches waited to hang and burn. When paranormal phenomena forced her to flee, she became convinced it was possessed by evil spirits. This is her true story.

Vanessa Mitchell in the Cage. Credit: Peter Lawson, East News
“The Cage” at 14 Colchester Road. Credit: Florent Lambert, Home Domus 360
Left: Original front door. Center: The “Prison Room.” Right: The staircase. Credit: Vanessa Mitchell, Florent Lambert
Nicole Kirtly and Vanessa Mitchell in the Cage. Credit: Vanessa Mitchell
Photographs seen in the Cage. Credit: Vanessa Mitchell
Crows often flew into the Cage and smashed into the windows. Credit: Vanessa Mitchell
Tourists paid sixpence to view Ursula Kemp’s skeleton. Credit: John Worland
Illustration: Corey Brickley

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Crime journalist in Los Angeles.

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