What better topic for our Halloween weekend than the horrible Witchcraft Act of 1735, the last of the witch trials acts passed in England, which decreed than anyone "suspected" of witchcraft practices (a very objective judgement) could be imprisoned for a year. The first act during this witch trial period was passed in 1542, allowed suspected witches to be hanged. Witches were both male and female. Most witches who were accused were often hanged, with or without trials.
For further reading:
Witches and Witchtrials (an interesting database of the alleged witches):
Horros of the National Archives:
More details about the laws:
Medieval Witches and Witchcraft: