The searchers were women hired to search an accused witch’s naked body for moles, warts, and other blemishes that could be considered marks of the devil. These marks were often signs of a familiar suckling from the witch’s body.

These women worked for Matthew Hopkins to gather evidence which would then be used to prosecute the defendant during trial.

Searchers also investigated plague deaths, murder victims, infanticidal mothers and convicts who claimed to be pregnant.


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