An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

What lurks behind the post office

RAF MILDENHALL, England – Mummified cats, shoes and witch bottles are on display at Moyse’s Hall in Bury St. Edmunds. In the 16th and 17th Centuries, many believed witches drew their powers from the devil through small animals, or familiars, which were more susceptible to convey dark powers. Ironically, non-witches would often brick a living cat into their walls during construction, believing that when the cat died in those walls, its spirit would attach itself to the home and protect it. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace)

VIRIN: 110918-F-WU507-156.JPG
Additional Details

No camera details available.


Read More

This photograph is considered public domain and has been cleared for release. If you would like to republish please give the photographer appropriate credit. Further, any commercial or non-commercial use of this photograph or any other DoD image must be made in compliance with guidance found at, which pertains to intellectual property restrictions (e.g., copyright and trademark, including the use of official emblems, insignia, names and slogans), warnings regarding use of images of identifiable personnel, appearance of endorsement, and related matters.