History Main / WitchHunt

2nd Dec '17 9:23:32 AM CrypticMirror
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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' a janitor dies in a fire, and the business owner is put on trial for insurance fraud because the details don't add up. The prosecutor brings up a familial connection between him and TheMafia, though the defendant insists he has nothing to do with the mob and has spent his whole career avoiding them; when the first grand jury refuses to indict, he sets up a second one. Quincy accuses the prosecutor of running a KangarooCourt and is able to prove the fire was accidental (the janitor's cleaning chemicals leaked onto a radiator).

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' ''Series/QuincyME'' a janitor dies in a fire, and the business owner is put on trial for insurance fraud because the details don't add up. The prosecutor brings up a familial connection between him and TheMafia, though the defendant insists he has nothing to do with the mob and has spent his whole career avoiding them; when the first grand jury refuses to indict, he sets up a second one. Quincy accuses the prosecutor of running a KangarooCourt and is able to prove the fire was accidental (the janitor's cleaning chemicals leaked onto a radiator).
10th Oct '17 10:35:06 AM NegiSpongie
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' had Danny and his friends going back in time to Salem during the witch hunts where Sam is accused of being a witch and nearly burned at the stake possibly due to her Gothic appearance and Vlad egging on the crowd.
1st Oct '17 9:13:23 AM nombretomado
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* The "Satanic Panic," which took place from the 1970's to the 1990's in the US and UK. Thanks to people like Mike Warnke publishing books like ''The Satan Seller'' (later discredited), people became convinced that massive numbers of Satanists were engaged in all sorts of nefarious activities, including but not limited to underground child pornography rings (using children left at daycare centers), sacrificing people, putting subliminal messages in everything to corrupt the youth, and trying to take over the world. Some of them still are, but that is better classed as ConspiracyTheories.

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* The "Satanic Panic," which took place from the 1970's to the 1990's in the US and UK. Thanks to people like Mike Warnke publishing books like ''The Satan Seller'' (later discredited), people became convinced that massive numbers of Satanists were engaged in all sorts of nefarious activities, including but not limited to underground child pornography rings (using children left at daycare centers), sacrificing people, putting subliminal messages in everything to corrupt the youth, and trying to take over the world. Some of them still are, but that is better classed as ConspiracyTheories.UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories.
28th Sep '17 6:35:31 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', [=LeFel=] resorts to this when magical means fail to control Mae.

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* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', ''Literature/DeadIron'', [=LeFel=] resorts to this when magical means fail to control Mae.
21st Sep '17 1:59:35 PM dragonfire5000
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* Bloodborne's story draws on witch hunts with the setting of the game being a "nightly hunt" which may be figurative as the events of the game seem longer than one night. The first area, Yarnham, shows the hysteria and suspicion of the citizens-turned-hunters as they think you're a monster. (As they turn into monsters themselves.)

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* Bloodborne's The story of ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' draws on witch hunts with the setting of the game being a "nightly hunt" which may be figurative as the events of the game seem longer than one night. The first area, Yarnham, Yharnam, shows the hysteria and suspicion of the citizens-turned-hunters as they think you're a monster. (As monster...as they turn into monsters themselves.)
18th Sep '17 5:42:57 AM Vampireandthen
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* The "Satanic Panic," which took place from the 1970's to the 1990's in the US and UK. Thanks to people like Mike Warnke publishing books like ''The Satan Seller'' (later discredited), people became convinced that massive numbers of Satanists were engaged in all sorts of nefarious activities, including but not limited to underground child pornography rings (using children left at daycare centers), sacrificing people, putting subliminal messages in everything to corrupt the youth, and trying to take over the world.

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* The "Satanic Panic," which took place from the 1970's to the 1990's in the US and UK. Thanks to people like Mike Warnke publishing books like ''The Satan Seller'' (later discredited), people became convinced that massive numbers of Satanists were engaged in all sorts of nefarious activities, including but not limited to underground child pornography rings (using children left at daycare centers), sacrificing people, putting subliminal messages in everything to corrupt the youth, and trying to take over the world. Some of them still are, but that is better classed as ConspiracyTheories.
30th Jul '17 10:21:35 PM Fireblood
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* The Reign of Terror was this. Rabid French revolutionaries sought to weed out internal enemies and advance the revolution. Led by Maximillion Robespierre and George Danton, they executed real (and perceived) enemies of the revolution. Danton was accused of such crimes by Robespierre and beheaded. Eventually, Robespierre was killed by the guillotine for his crimes after ''he'' was accused of being an enemy to France.
* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of criminalizing the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population. In fact, the laws are written so broadly they can effectively be used against ''anyone'', making them a good tool for Putin's authoritarian regime generally.
* James Jesus Angleton of the CIA launched a lengthy hunt for a mole he believed to have infiltrated the CIA, which later had to pay compensation to several officers whose careers had been damaged for no apparent reason as a result. He is said to have influenced [=MI5=] officer Peter Wright, who took part in an equally controversial hunt for the "fifth man" in the Cambridge Spy ring. His investigations ruined the careers of many loyal agents, but failed to uncover ''real'' mole Aldrich Ames.

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* The Reign of Terror was this. Rabid French revolutionaries sought to weed out internal enemies and advance the revolution. Led by Maximillion Maximilien Robespierre and George Danton, they executed real (and perceived) enemies of the revolution. Danton was accused of such crimes by Robespierre and beheaded. Eventually, Robespierre was killed by the guillotine for his crimes after ''he'' was accused of being an enemy to France.
* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of criminalizing the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population. In fact, the laws are written so broadly that they can effectively be used against ''anyone'', making them a good tool for Putin's authoritarian regime generally.
* James Jesus Angleton of the CIA launched a lengthy hunt for a mole he believed to have infiltrated the CIA, which later had to pay compensation to several officers whose careers had been damaged for no apparent reason as a result. He is said to have influenced [=MI5=] officer Peter Wright, who took part in an equally controversial hunt for the "fifth man" in the Cambridge Spy ring. His investigations ruined the careers of many loyal agents, but failed to uncover the ''real'' mole Aldrich Ames.
30th Jul '17 10:19:48 PM Fireblood
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* At the same time, a related "Lavender Scare" occurred where known or suspected homosexuals were purged from government service, on the grounds that they could be blackmailed into spying by foreign agents (given the strong homophobia of the time which meant openly serving would be impossible) and were "not proper persons" to employ generally. Ironically, [=McCarthy=]'s chief counsel Roy Cohn was widely rumored to be gay himself, with the famous Army-[=McCarthy=] hearings instigated after he couldn't succeed in getting a friend (allegedly also his lover) an exemption from military service. This brought down [=McCarthy=] when his bullying tactics were exposed to live audiences. Cohn denied to the end that he was gay, even while dying from AIDS-related disease.



* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of legislating bills which would criminalize the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population. In fact, the laws are written so broadly they can effectively be used against ''anyone'', making them a good tool for Putin's authoritarian regime generally.
* James Jesus Angleton of the CIA launched a lengthy hunt for a mole he believed to have infiltrated the CIA, which later had to pay compensation to several officers whose careers had been damaged for no apparent reason as a result. He is said to have influenced [=MI5=] officer Peter Wright, who took part in an equally controversial hunt for the "fifth man" in the Cambridge Spy ring.

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* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of legislating bills which would criminalize criminalizing the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population. In fact, the laws are written so broadly they can effectively be used against ''anyone'', making them a good tool for Putin's authoritarian regime generally.
* James Jesus Angleton of the CIA launched a lengthy hunt for a mole he believed to have infiltrated the CIA, which later had to pay compensation to several officers whose careers had been damaged for no apparent reason as a result. He is said to have influenced [=MI5=] officer Peter Wright, who took part in an equally controversial hunt for the "fifth man" in the Cambridge Spy ring. His investigations ruined the careers of many loyal agents, but failed to uncover ''real'' mole Aldrich Ames.
28th Jul '17 4:27:40 AM kome360
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* ''Manga/GambleFish'': Though the witch trials are only referred to, one of the gamblers collects judgement dice that were used to determine if a witch was real. Tom discovers that [[spoiler:the dice are rigged with a special technological mechanism: hold the dice to a fire, and the internal load will melt and shift to a different side, which will then load the dice to whatever side the user chooses when it cools]]. The implications are obvious; when the dice were chosen, the judge could decide if the victim would live or die.
25th Jul '17 8:26:46 PM clickitycainine
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* Bloodborne's story draws on witch hunts with the setting of the game being a "nightly hunt" which may be figurative as the events of the game seem longer than one night. The first area, Yarnham, shows the hysteria and suspicion of the citizens-turned-hunters as they think you're a monster. (As they turn into monsters themselves.)

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* Bloodborne's *Bloodborne's story draws on witch hunts with the setting of the game being a "nightly hunt" which may be figurative as the events of the game seem longer than one night. The first area, Yarnham, shows the hysteria and suspicion of the citizens-turned-hunters as they think you're a monster. (As they turn into monsters themselves.)
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