The Salem Witch Trial of Jessie Costello, Spellcaster (In Stereo)


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CLEWS takes you to Salem, Massachusetts, and the modern trial of a witch accused of poisoning her husband. Things sure look bleak for this dark-haired beauty, but Jessie Costello will cast a spell – on the jury. It’s a case that has been called the most luscious trial as any in the gaudy annals of American jurisprudence.


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Lowell Ames Norris, “Who Killed Captain Costello?” True Detective, Jan. 1934.

Edward J. McMahon, Uncensored testimony of the “cop” who kissed and told: Costello murder trial, 1934

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