Music: Houston's Doll

Doll Bilby is no ordinary Salem witch. As a child in Brittany she is forced to watch as her parents are burned at the stake for witchcraft. Later she is brought to the colonies by Sea Captain Jared Bilby, who is enchanted by her. In Massachusetts, Doll takes one look at Bilby's wife Hannah and is able to wither the fetus in her womb—or so Hannah later contends. At 19, Doll takes a lover named Shad, convinced he is a messenger from the King of Hell. Arrested as a witch, she dies in jail...

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