In a 1984 essay titled “Enemies of God or Victims of Patriarchy?” included in Trouble & Strife, a radical feminist magazine published in Leeds, England, Lynette Mitchell writes: “I have read the most fantastically inflated statistics of witch-hunt victims in all sorts of feminist journals, magazines and books. I once made the mistake myself of referring to ‘hundreds of thousands’ of women in an article about witchcraft. I now realise such figures are quite misleading. Even worse is the attribution of nine million victims which is flung about in feminist discussions of witchcraft with wild abandon, although where it comes from, nobody knows.”
This zine attempts to answer Mitchell’s implied question: How did we end up thinking that nine million women were executed as witches?