Matthew Hopkins was an English witch-hunter who ran a campaign of persecution, during the English civil war. Along with his associate John Stearne, he was believed to have been responsible for and profiting from, the execution of 300 alleged witches between the years 1644 and 1646.
The writings of Hopkins and Stearne, were believed to have influenced the infamous Salem witch trials of the late 17th century. Witchcraft and the persecution of witches, has become well embedded in contemporary culture, but the much maligned image of the witch continues. Does the shadow of the ultimate bogeyman, still hang over our modern age?
This part dramatised documentary, will examine the key moments in Hopkins rise to notoriety, as he transitioned from small town quiet life, to life on the road, as the much feared Witchfinder General.