Katharina Kepler, mother of the famous astronomer, Johannes Kepler, was arrested for witchcraft #OnThisDay in 1620. Johannes would spend the next year securing her freedom. She died the next year. I wrote about the case more in this article. buff.ly/2lufEVw
Kepler was accused by neighbours that she was feuding with, of making their kids sick - not an uncommon thing.

Unluckily, the local 'vogt', or bailiff, was a guy called Lutherius Einhorn, who was fairly witch-crazy.

Kepler had to unpick the neighbour's stories in detail.
I went to Leonberg, where Katharina's 'trial' took place. This is the former town jail - Katharina was kept below ground in a dank, wet cell.
Katharina was freed, though she died a year later. Kepler lived around another decade.

The town square in Weil der Stadt, Kepler's home town, remembers its favourite son with a statue/meeting place for teenagers to hang out.

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