9-year-old burned at the stake for intercourse with the Devil

May 9, 1628 Würzburg, Germany Johann Bernhard Reichardt, a 9-year-old boy, is burned at the stake with 4 others for being a witch The boy was suspected by his father to have been involved with witchcraft. He was questioned and confessed to have been "seduce into witchcraft," denied God, flew to Satanic dances, and engaged…

Teenaged arsonist burned at the stake

March 29, 1683 Suzugamori execution grounds, near Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan Would-be arsonist Yaoya Oshichi is executed for attempting to light a fire hoping to see a man she had met during a previous fire Oshichi, a 16-year-old-girl, met a temple page during a fire at the family temple the year before. Hoping to meet…

Astronomers burned at the stake

February 17, 1600 Rome, Italy Giordano Bruno is burned at the stake Bruno was an Italian friar, philosopher, poet, astrologer, and mathematician. His death was due to various convictions, including heresy, blasphemy, and immoral conduct. Bruno faced these charges largely for publicly disagreeing with various aspects of the Catholic Church, from disagreeing with the divinity…