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Anonymous 46A familiar, which may appear in the form of a yellow cat named Besse, that is allegedly sent by Susan Cock to Margaret Landish. Landish claimed the famliiar "sucked on her privie parts, and much pained and tormented her." The familiar was allegedly used to kill and torment Robert Turners's servant, making him bark like a dog, groan, crow, and sing, and to kill "six or seven shoots or hogges" which belonged to Mr. Mannock. Landish denied that she had used her familiar to do any harm. The Examination of Rose Hallybread, taken before the said Justices, the 6th of May, 1645 [...] And this Examinant further saith, that about eight dayes since, Susan Cook Margaret Landish, and Joyce Boanes, (all which stand now suspected for Witchcraft) brought to his Examinants house each of them an Imp, (in all three) to which this Examinant added one of her own Imps; and then the said Joyce Boanes carryed the said four Imps to the house of one Robert Turner, to torment his servant, because hee had refused to give unto her this Examinant, the said Susan Cocks, Margaret Landish and Joyce Boanes a few chips: And this Examinant further saith, that the said Robert Turners servant forth with fell sick, and oftentimes barked like a Dog: And this Examinant saith, that shee believeth that the said four Imps were the cause of his barking and sicknesse. **** The Examination of Joyce the wife of William Boanes, taken before the said Justices, May 6. 1645. [...] This Examinant also saith, that shee carried one of her said Imps, called Rug, to the house of the said Rose Hallybread; and that her said Imp Rug, with three Imps of the said Rose Hallybread, Susan Cock and Margaret Landish, each of them sending one, were carried by this Examinant from the house of the said Rose Hallybread, to the house of the said Robert Turner to kill the Servant of the said Robert; whereupon his said servant hath oftentimes crowed like a Cock, backed like a Dogge sung tunes, and groaned: And this Examinant saith, that her said Imp made the said servant to barke like a Dog; the Imp of the said Rose Hallybread inforced him to sing sundry tunes in his great extremity of paines; the Imp of the said Susin Cock, compelled him to crow like a Cock; and the Imp of Margaret Landish made him groan in such an extraordinary manner. *** The Examination of Susan Cock, taken before the said Justices the 6. day of May, 1645. [...] And this Examinant faith, that she employed her said Imp called Besse, together with the Imps of the said Rose Hallybread, Joyce Boanes, and Margaret Lindish, each of them one, to the house of one John Spall, where the said Imps killed tensor twelve Sheep of the said John Spalls; and that the cause of this Examinants malice was, because she being with childe, desired to have some curds of the said Spalls wife, which she refused, either to give or sell to this Examinant: And further, this Examinant saith, that about a week since, she together with Joyce Boanes, Roser Hallybread, and Margaret Landish sent four Imps to the house of one Robert Tender (by the said Joyce Boanes) to torment his servant, for that the said servant of the said Robert Turner refused to give to this Examinant a sack full of chips: And this Examinant further saith, that she, together with the said Margaret Landish, sent her Impe to the house of one Thomas Mannock in St Osyth aforesaid, where their said Impes killed six or seven shoots or hogges of the said Mr Mannock; and that the occasion of offence was, because the wife of the said Mr Mannock refused to give to this Examinant such reliefe as shee desired, telling this Examinant, that shee was a young woman, and able to worke for her living. *** The Examination of Margaret Landishe, taken before the said Justices the 6th day of May. 1645. This Examinant saith, That about eight or nine weekes since lying sicke by the fire side in her owne house, something came up to her body, and sucked on her privie parts, and much pained and tormented her: And this Examinant saith, that if it were an Impe that came and sucked her as aforesaid, that the said Susan Cock sent it to her: And this Examinant denieth, that ever shee joyned with the said Joyce Boanes, Rose Hallibread, and Susan Cock, in the tormenting of the servant of the said Robert Turner, and doth utterly deny the sending of any Impe to destroy or kill the hogges of the said Mr Mannock, as the said Susan Cock hath charged her withall in the Examination of the said Susan.

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H., F.. A True and Exact Relation of the severall Informations, Examinations, and Confessions of the late Witches, arraigned and executed in the County of Essex. . London: 1645, 33-37