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Thomas DarlingA thirteen year old boy from Burton upon Trent in the county of Staffordshire, who suffers from fits and is allegedly bewitched by Alice Gooderidge. According to John Darrell, Goodridge sent her familiar Minnie to torment him; he also claimed to have dispossessed the boy. Darrell later faced trial on charges of instructing Darling and others to counterfeit both their possessions and their dispossessions to bolster his own reputation. Darling gave a confession that was presented as evidence in court, but was allegedly barred from making the charges in person. Darrell's defense claimed Darling had been threatened with torture to make the confession in the first place, and that the prosecution had kept him from the court to prevent him from retracting that confession.(4)I lost my Uncle in the Wood, and in the Coppice I met a little old woman; she had a gray gown with a black fringe about the cape, a broad thrumd hat, and three warts on her face: I haue seene her begging at our doore, as for her name I know it not, but by sight I can know her againe. As I passed by her in the Coppice, I chanced (against my will) to let a scape; which shee taking in anger sayd, Gyp with a mischiefe, and fart with a bell: I wil goe to heauen, and thou shalt goe to hell; and forth with she stooped to the ground. I stood still and looked at her, viewing euerie part of her, meruailing what shee stooped for; so I came home, and she went to Winsell. Hereupon a more vehement suspition arising some iudged it to be the Witch of Stapen-hill: others[.] because she was olde and went little abroad, rather thought it to be Alice Gooderidge[.]()