"Matthew Hopkins, for example"
Frontispiece from Matthew Hopkins' The Discovery of Witches (1647)
Public DomainFrontispiece from Matthew Hopkins' The Discovery of Witches (1647)

 Matthew Hopkins (1620–1647) was an English Witchfinder General. Hopkins and his associate John Stearne executed 40% of the approximately 500 so-called witches killed in England. Public outrage forced him to retire in 1646.