The Haunt of Dr Joseph Kirchhoffs
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About the Event
Dr Joseph Kirchhoffs, surgeon in daily life, was sentenced to death in 1772 after horrific torture. He was suspected of being the leader of the highwaymen gang "de Bokkenrijders". But was that true? Was he a good surgeon who was falsely accused or was Dr. Kirchhoffs, as they claimed, a devil's servant?
As soon as you walk through the gate, you enter the darkness and there is absolutely no way back. Whether you return is entirely up to you. Do you take the "exit" or are you game enough to take another step?
De Bokkenrijders are a part of Belgian and Dutch folklore, believed to be ghosts or demons, who rode through the sky on the back of flying goats provided to them by what was thought to be an evil demon. During the 18th century, groups of thieves and other criminals used these beliefs to frighten the residents of southern Limburg and easthern Belgium. Using the name "Bokkenrijders", these criminal bands launched raids across a region that includes southern Limburg, and parts of Germany and the Netherlands (parts of which were a part of the Southern Netherlands, nowadays Belgium). The "Bokkenrijders" usually raided peaceful communities and farms. Several confessed "Bokkenrijders" were convicted and sentenced to death. Due to the link to the occult, authorities accused a large number of potentially innocent men of being "Bokkenrijders" and a number were tortured and subsequently convicted of crimes they denied having committed.