A Real Life Fairy Tale Murder

Posted by on March 18th, 2009

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Most of us see fairies as the most harmless of folklore. The Cottingley Fairy hoax perpetrated by Elsie Wright in 1916 comes to mind. What’s the harm? Stories to do with fairies are most often adorable tales of dainty little creatures doing pleasant things. The real life Irish fairy tale of Bridget Cleary however is a few shades darker than your average Guinness.

In 1895 she was murdered by her husband in Ireland, his claim was that she had been abducted by evil fairies and a changeling had been left in her place. After refusing to give her medicine because he didn’t believe in it, a priest visited to give Bridget her last rights before her husband burned her to death.

I don’t know which is more disturbing: burning your wife to death because you believe her to be a fairy, or refusing to give her medicine because of your purported faith. Bridget’s husband Michael was sentenced to fifteen years in prison on manslaughter charges in a highly publicized and controversial court case.

The nefarious incident has remained popular in the Irish collective consciousness, inspiring poems, literature and off color jokes. The legend has even crossed the Atlantic to inspire the name of a Celtic Fiddle band from Pennsylvania.

29 Responses to “A Real Life Fairy Tale Murder”

  1. esme rogers Says:

    wow, i never knew fairies could harm you!

  2. renaecerlcer Says:

    I know a real fairy.
    Her name is Kelly Bukovic.
    She was born in 1998.
    She is 10 years old and is going into 6th grade at South West Middle in Orlando,FL, USA.
    She has dark brown eyes and long light brown hair with bangs.
    She claims to be a water fairy.

  3. renaecerlcer Says:

    i actual know a real fairy.
    she is mean and stupid.

  4. cynthia Says:

    they are real

  5. linlin Says:

    I LOVE IT!!!…..ITS DIFFERENT!

  6. sabee Says:

    that is scary

  7. Automvent Says:

    Ive always look to fairies as these playful, innocent and pretty creatures…i would love to leave it as that.

  8. starshine Says:

    ive beleived in fairies my whole life and some are sweet but others are evil it all depends in what you beleive in.i think that the more we beleive in them,they will start to apear.

  9. Ebony Says:

    Wow ppl really believe fairies to be evil?…..so much that a man would tourcher and kill his own wife?…harsh.

  10. joaquindz Says:

    fairies huh? i believ in them after i had an experience with a gnome/elf/ leprechaun whatever u want to call them.. guess where? in mexico, in my dad's home town, with a population of 589, it is really creepy there at night.

  11. kyoko heart Says:

    micheal man i beleive in u i know fairy where nothing like the ones in the disney stories, there dangerous man they glamor themseft as human kidnap are baby and look like gothics. they're the reason why we have raves so the can kidnap us.

  12. hollyiles Says:

    these fairies are not real i am disapointed
    ………………..i hate you.

  13. Dominican Hair Products Says:

    I don’t know which is more disturbing: burning your wife to death because you believe her to be a fairy, or refusing to give her medicine because of your purported faith.

  14. Jay Sam D Says:

    well now you do esme they do i sat where the cat sat and i wont tell you the rest and then a bad fairy came and i summoned it back and got a nice fairy πŸ™‚

  15. Jay Sam D Says:

    why??

  16. Jay Sam D Says:

    well now you do esme they do i sat where the cat sat and i wont tell you the rest and then a bad fairy came and i summoned it back and got a nice fairy πŸ™‚

  17. Jay Sam D Says:

    why??

  18. kiki Says:

    OMG o_o thts so disturbing

  19. Loyabriana Says:

    omg super crazy

  20. Jen Says:

    wow

  21. Cpcnicole Says:

    how could i be in fairytale in real life?

  22. Katarot_85 Says:

    wtf? are you people serious?

  23. Crazygirl12 Says:

    wow thats harsh of that husband. well i believe in mythical creatures. i mean come on if angels & demons exist then y cant fairies & werewolves & vampires exist?! πŸ™ i want this world filled with mythical creatures!!! πŸ˜€

  24. Rosieposy98 Says:

    I new fairies were true xxx:):):)

  25. mickey mouse Says:

    i know there are real we saw them in real life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Jazminejadehall Says:

    this is very disturbing HEY i think i have a name DEVIL FAIRY hahaha plus they don’t look real! from a 7 year old

  27. Queenlefty1 Says:

    that is disturbing to hear that … go on youtube.com and search ( creepy fairy insect – uk) watch it it is a real fairy a black fairy

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    Really nice post and I don’t know who believes in fairies?

  29. noora mohamad Says:

    don’t lie to us … you are a lier