Was Carole Compton a Witch?

Was Carole Compton a Witch?

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the case of Carole Compton and her employment as a nanny with two Italian families…who firmly believed that she was a witch who was bringing all manner of dark events into their homes…


Carole Compton found love in the form of an Italian man who was passing through her hometown of Ayrshire in Scotland in 1982. He was completing a British placement for his military service, and on his way back to Italy.

Compton was completely in love, and decided to move to Italy so she could be close to him when he finished his military responsibilities.

As soon as she arrived in Italy she found a job as a nanny within days of settling down…

Carole Compton and her Italian Man

The Ricci Family

Carole’s first employers were the Ricci family, and she settled into her new position, and career direction, with relative ease…

Until one day, as she was walking past a religious painting in the home, it mysteriously fell to the floor and smashed. One of the Ricci Family’s maids was on hand to witness the incident…

Unfortunately for Carole, this maid had been brought up in a strongly religious family, and she began voicing concerns over Carole’s soul. She told the heads of the Ricci family that Compton immediately sank to her knees and prayed as soon as the painting hit the floor – as if this sort of thing had happened to her before.

Just days later Carole accompanied the Ricci family when they went to their holiday home in the Italian Alps. Over the period of the holiday visit, three fires broke out in the Alps home.

A investigation on the property took place and the Ricci family were informed that the fires were down to an electrical problem at the home…but the Ricci family were not convinced…and ended up firing Compton just days later.

The Tonti Family

Carole got lucky, and within a matter of weeks after her sacking from the Ricci family, she found employment with the Tonti family, who lived in their grandparent’s home on the island of Elba.

During the first few months of her job, Carole seemed to fit right in with the family’s lifestyle…but unfortunately this did not last…

All of a sudden Carole began complaining to certain members of the Tonti family about strange scratching noises following her around the property. She also seemed to be responsible for the destruction of numerous religious statues throughout the home.

Grandmother Tonti had seen enough, and began to call Carole a “Strega” or witch.

The rest of the family seemed to take Carole’s side, and told the grandmother she was being a ridiculous old superstitious fool…but all this changed when a fire eventually broke out in the bedroom of the Tonti’s three year old child.

When the police looked into the incident they noticed that Carole Compton had been linked with strange fires at her previous post as a nanny (with the Ricci family), and she was promptly arrested.

She ended up spending sixteen months in lockup as she waited for her trial to take place (for attempted murder).

The Tonti Family

The Trial

Eventually Carole stood trial in December of 1983, and was found not guilty for the main charge…but guilty for the charge of arson and attempted arson and sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

However, the judge realized that she had been in jail for quite some time leading up to the trial, and decided to release her once proceedings had finished.

Unfortunately, numerous newspapers throughout Europe caught onto the case, and began publishing stories of Carole labeled as the ‘nanny witch’.

Carole now lives with her husband and children in Yorkshire and rarely talks about the incidents that happened in Italy.

Do you think that Carole was somehow linked to the occult – that she was indeed a witch?

Maybe poltergeist activity was following Carole Compton around Italy?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Maria Talarico – The Possession

Maria Talarico - The Possession

In this article we will be taking a look at the case of the so-called possession of Maria Talarico. Many paranormal enthusiasts consider this case to be the ONLY example of alleged possession that led to a formal legal judgment of murder…

The Body

The body of a local man named Giuseppe ‘Pepe’ Veraldi was found below the Morandi bridge in Catanzaro, Italy, on February the 13th, 1936.

The twisted carcass was in an extremely bad shape leading the police to believe that Veraldi had fallen from the bridge above. The recorded cause of death was severe damage to the head.

There were no signs of foul play so the investigating police force listed the death as a suicide.

Veraldi’s family were outraged at this conclusion – they believed that ‘Pepe’ would never consider killing himself, and was a happy enough individual.

Within months the apparent suicide was forgotten about by the public…until three years later…


In January of 1939, a young lady named Maria Talarico was taking a stroll across the the Morandi bridge when she suddenly felt the urge to stop at the point where Veraldi’s body was said to have fallen.

She walked over to the side of the bridge, and mysteriously collapsed to the ground.


Onlookers attended to Maria and decided that she was too weak to walk, and promptly carted her home.

Once home, Maria slowly came around – her family thought things were back to normal…until she opened her mouth and began to speak.

When she spoke a strange man’s voice came out of her mouth – this man claimed to be Giuseppe Veraldi and demanded that they go and get his mother.

A couple of family members quickly left for Mrs. Veraldi’s house and brought her back to witness the strange event.


When Veraldi’s mother finally arrived, Maria/Giuseppe told her that he had been murdered – it was not a case of suicide.

Unfortunately, Maria/Giuseppe did not name the culprits behind the murder.

Instead, Maria got up and ran out of the house…and didn’t stop until she reached the exact place under the bridge where Pepe’s corpse had fallen.

Her family members, and Veraldi’s mother, followed her to this spot.

Once she arrived – Veraldi’s mother apparently ordered the spirit of her son to leave this teenage girl’s body – he listened, a disappeared immediately.

When Maria ‘awoke’ she remembered nothing about the incident.

The Letter

Veraldi’s mother decided to approach the local police with this new information, but of course – trying to convince a police force about the subject of possession…is a pretty hard task.

The mother then had to wait nine years before closure on her son’s murder – when she received a letter from one of Pepe’s former friends who was living in Argentina.

Guilt had finally got to this man – he admitted killing Giuseppe in a jealous rage over a common love interest. He claimed he was helped by three other men.

The police were finally brought back in and the case was re-opened. One of the culprits had already died…but the rest were tried and convicted for murder.

Maria went on to live a normal life, without any other paranormal incidents.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.