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.

The Joshua Ward House Ghost

The Joshua Ward House Ghost

In this article we will be taking a look at the image of the Joshua Ward House ghost, captured on a Polaroid at Christmas 1981.

Is this the image of a ghost witch?

Let’s take a closer look…

Joshua Ward House Salem

Carlson Realty purchased a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts, back in 1981 with the view to converting it into a new business area for their company.

As Christmas approached, an overly-enthusiastic employee decided to take a few images of the location and it’s workers – to hang on the upcoming Christmas wreath.

When all of the Polaroids finished processing the employee sat down to go through them all…and one of them stood out…immediately.

Joshua Ward House Salem

It was a photo of one of the female company workers – but it had somehow switched framing to show someone, or something else.

The original snap was just a head and shoulders shot – but this new image showed the whole figure of a much thinner woman in an old fashioned black dress, with mad hair flying all over the place!

The Witch

The Carlson Realty employees could not explain the strange image that had appeared in that photograph.

Within a few months numerous paranormal publications had got hold of it and started to publish it in various books. Before long it became known as ‘The Witch’.

The Joshua Ward House was one of the earliest properties in Salem and was put together by merchant sea captain Joshua Ward (sometime in the 1780’s).

The Witch

However before the three leveled brick building came to be built, a much more sinister property stood on it’s land…

This was the house of a man named George Corwin – the guy that signed the warrants of the suspects in the Salem Witch Trials.

Many locals believe that Corwin’s soul is trapped in that area of land with a witch he sentenced to death…left there with him to torment his soul for evermore…


The most believable explanation for this photograph is that it was a slightly blurred effect of the female employee, with a wreath behind her head (acting as the mad hair in the image).

But those involved with the Carlson Realty setup claim that this is not the case.

Another theory involves a woman spotted in town that day, who looked a lot like an old fashioned witch – did she somehow wander into the Carlson Realty offices and ended up being snapped by accident?

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Joshua Ward House ghost, please leave them in the comment section below.