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Anonymous 60A snake which mysteriously appears coiled on a shelf in the Stock household after Francis Stock has a disagreement with William Hatting, calling his wife, accused witch Sara Hatting, a "scolder." Mrs. Stock attempt to cut or smash the serpent to death with a spade, but discovers that it disappears when she administers a blow. Mrs. Stock grow ill and dies within seven days of this incident; her daughter dies within ten, and soon after a third child grows sick with the same kind of "extraordinary fits, pains and burnings all over her body" that has plagued its sister and mother, and dies.The second Information of Francis Stock, taken be- fore the said Justices upon oath, May 3. 1645. THis Informant saith, that about five yeers since, being one of the Constables of Ramsey aforesaid, hee impressed William Hating, husband to the aforesaid Sarah Hating for a scolder, whereupon the said William threatened this Informant very much, and not long after, this Informants wife told him, shee espied a Snake lying upon a shelf in this Informants house, about three yards high from the ground, which falling down into the house, shee endeavoured to kill with a Spade; and striking at it, the Snake suddenly vanished away, and could no where be found: And this Informant saith, that presently after his said wife was taken sick with extraordinary fits, pains and burnings all over her body, and within one week dyed: And further this Informant saith, that within two or three dayes, after the death of his said wife, hee had a daughter taken sick after a very strange manner, who in all the time of her sicknesse, cryed out much on the said Sarah, the wife of the said William Hating, saying, that the said Sarah was the cause of her death, and dyed presently after; and that within two or three dayes after the death of his said childe, this Informant had another childe taken sick in the same manner, and within a few dayes dyed also

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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, 31-32