4 episodes

The story of the only witch in Scotland with a grave and the search for her stolen bones. In this podcast, American journalist Breena Kerr goes to Scotland to understand what happened during the European Witch Hunts, why hundreds of thousands were murdered, and the legacy that still endures today.

Lilias's Bones Breena Elyse Kerr

    • True Crime
    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

The story of the only witch in Scotland with a grave and the search for her stolen bones. In this podcast, American journalist Breena Kerr goes to Scotland to understand what happened during the European Witch Hunts, why hundreds of thousands were murdered, and the legacy that still endures today.

    Episode 1: The Only Witch in Scotland With a Grave

    Episode 1: The Only Witch in Scotland With a Grave

    A group in Scotland discovers the unusual story of an 18th-century accused Scottish witch, named Lilias Adie. The group vows to clear Adie's name and find her remains. After being buried, her bones were taken by grave robbers, then passed between some of Scotland's most famous institutions, and then lost. American journalist and storyteller (and Scottish descendant) Breena Kerr reads an article about Adie and decides to investigate the story of her life and death and the fate of her mis...

    • 28 min
    Episode 2: A Dream, a Witchcraft Accusation, and a Death

    Episode 2: A Dream, a Witchcraft Accusation, and a Death

    We begin this episode with a commentary on murder mystery podcasts and on the history of witch hunting. Then we dive into the story of Lilias Adie. In 1704, she allegedly appeared to a neighbor in a dream, and was accused of witchcraft soon after. She was detained and tortured and eventually died in church custody. Adie may have been accused because she was different from other people in her community — or it may have been the result of long-simmering tensions. Host Breena Kerr goes to her gr...

    • 34 min
    Episode 3: A Body That Would Rise Again

    Episode 3: A Body That Would Rise Again

    After Lilias Adie, an accused witch, dies in church custody, her body becomes a source of fear and foreboding. Some fear that she may become a revenant and rise from the dead. Then, 150 years later, she does. Men arrive and dig up her grave, then trade her bones around as curio treasure — objects of horror, fascination, and study. From there, Lilias's Bones begin their second life — popping up in art and museum exhibitions. We speak to Richard Sugg, author of "The Real Vampires" about the fea...

    • 32 min
    Introducing: Lilias's Bones

    Introducing: Lilias's Bones

    Lilias Adie was a regular woman living in Scotland in 1704 when she was accused of witchcraft. By then, witch hunts had ravaged villages, towns, and cities across Europe for centuries. Lilias had survived other witch panics before. But when two women accused her of conspiring with the devil, she was taken into church custody, tortured, and forced to confess. Two weeks later she was dead. But unlike other accused witches in Scotland, Lilias was buried, not burned, because the local minister fe...

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

RobynD59 ,

Fascinating brutal beautifully narrated

Breena’s voice is beautiful and gentle, wise, in her telling of a brutal history of witch-hunts. Interestingly, she points to their possible influence , generations later, to women’s current cultural circumstances.
Captivating history and narration.

SioMoon ,

Wow! So deep and multidimensional!

This is truly thought-expanding! Breena goes so far beyond what we think we know about the witch trials and dives deep into all of the ways the witch trials did and continue to impact who we are as women and as societies. She courageously dives into the intricate web of history, heredity, beliefs, logic, intuition, humanity, storytelling and so much more to unravel each strand and make it relevant to where we are today. Thoughtfully and passionately done with so much care!

TaRuet ,

Intriguing and smart

Such a great podcast. I’m waiting in anticipation for the next episodes. Dives into history that has always been glossed over and fascinating. This is the podcast I never knew I was wanting.

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