Witch Wanted: Broadmoor May Recruit Pagan Leader After Inmate Survey
Broadmoor may soon be recruiting a witch to preach to its pagan-minded inmates, following a spiritual needs survey.
The top-security mental hospital in Berkshire houses Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe and "London Nail Bomber" David Copeland, and was for many years the home of Charles Bronson, often referred to as "the most violent prisoner in Britain".
Through recruiting a witch, the hospital hopes to respond to inmates' requests for a more "pagan input."
Paganism is a diverse religion but hanging a horseshoe over the door or throwing salt over the shoulder is one example of a popular pagan ritual, whilst Wicca or witchcraft followers worship many deities including the horned god.
There are already Christian, Muslim and Jewish clerics at the hospital, while a Hindu priest will be available to inmates soon. A Rastafarian leader is also being looked into following the "audit of spiritual needs".
Followers believe that cannabis can induce a spiritualistic state in the smoker, despite some studies suggesting the drug has a negative effect on mental health.
A Broadmoor spokesman said:
"We seek to support our patients in continuing their worship and sustaining their faith, whatever their denomination."
"While not a formal part of treatment plans, spirituality and religious worship are an important element in supporting recovery from mental health problems."