Thousands Of Angry Witches Are Max-Hexing Stanford Rapist Brock Turner
The outrage at the light sentence handed down to former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, convicted of the sexual assault of a woman earlier this year on the Stanford campus, has reached the witch community. As we all knew it would.
Melanie Hexen, who identifies herself as a traditional hereditary witch, organized a mass hexing of Turner on Tuesday and published an account on Facebook, inviting other witches across the world to follow her lead. And they have. Thousands of self-described witches have joined in, performing ceremonies in which Turner has been forever cursed with all manner of sacred daggers, incense, blood-dipped candles, and other props.
The chant that Hexen has asked her followers to recite goes like this:
"Brock Allen Turner we hex you. You will be impotent. You will know constant pain of pine needles in your guts. Food will bring you no sustenance. In water, your lungs will fail you. Sleep will only bring nightmares. Shame will be your mantle. You will meet justice."
Hexen told U.S. News and World Report that "I’m a really experienced, powerful witch," and that "I have no doubt that when I cast a hex, it will be successful.”
Silly? Perhaps. But Hexen represents the frustration that many feel over the handling of the case, in which Turner received a mere six months in jail after being convicted on three felony counts connected with the sex assault. Prosecutors had recommended six years in prison.
Turner comes from a privileged background in Dayton, OH, and was a three-time All-American on the swim team. He now must register as a sex offender.
"I think it really struck a chord with a lot of women as a way to feel like they had some power in this situation," Hexen told U.S. News. "That there was something they could do, some way they could come together and focus their rage and their need for justice that wasn’t being met.”
“Witches doing spells in times when they’re otherwise powerless goes back thousands of years.”
Turner's father, Dan Turner, is also receiving attention from various witch covens across the country. The elder Turner wrote an open letter in which he said that his son was undeserving of any jail time at all, being that he was guilty only of "20 minutes of action out of 20 years of life."
Two of Brock Turner's former advocates, a high school friend and a former high school counselor, have expressed regret recently for writing letters to the judge in his behalf.
The judge who passed the sentence, Aaron Persky of Palo Alto, has also been mass hexed, according to the Daily Mail. Persky himself is a former Stanford athlete. A petition to remove him from the bench has nearly 200,000 signatures so far.
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