Halloween is widely believed to originate from traditions practiced at ancient Celtic harvest festivals. The symbols currently associated with Halloween developed slowly over time with witches, broomsticks, black cats and pumpkins being among the strongest exemplars of this holiday.
In keeping with the season, here is a real life case between a self-proclaimed witch, Lori Sforza, and a self-proclaimed warlock, Christian Day. It plays out in Salem, Massachusetts, home of the seventeenth century witch trials.
Lori Sforza, who uses the business name Lori Bruno, filed for court-ordered protection in Salem District Court against Christian Day, creator of Salem’s Festival of the Dead and the official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball. Sforza claims to be a descendant of Italian witches who healed victims of the bubonic plague and is also the founder of Our Lord and Lady Of The Trinacrian Rose, a pagan church in Salem.
Lori Bruno/Sforza accused Day of harassing her online and on the phone for three years.
The two were once business associates. Day, who owns two occult shops in Salem and New Orleans, allowed Sforza to perform psychic readings at one of his occult shops in Salem. In 2011, they jointly cast spells in an effort to heal actor Charlie Sheen who had called himself a “Vatican assassin warlock” during an interview on national television.
Trouble began brewing when Sforza opened her own business.
Judge Robert Brennan approved the harassment order against Day calling Sforza’s testimony “heartfelt and credible”.
Day had this to say in response to Judge Brennan. “I am naturally disappointed by the outcome of this. Even my haters will tell you if I have something to say, I’ll say it to your face.”