The Week in Women: wife swaps, warlocks, and Jack the Ripper selfies

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The jack o’ lanterns have been deployed, the costumes have been planned, and small children are just days away from being given free rein to demand candy from strangers. It’s (almost) Halloween! In honor of everyone’s favorite scare-fest, we’ve curated some of the weirdest, creepiest, most shiver-inducing stories from the past week. Let’s take a spooky look back.

In a stunning show of good taste, the Jack the Ripper Museum in London’s East End has invited patrons to take selfies with the notorious serial killer and the bodies of his female victims. A press release from the museum advertised that on Halloween weekend, visitors will be able to snap photos with Jack in the spots where he committed murder, alongside the bodies of victims like Mary Jane Kelly and Catherine Eddows. It’s not clear what Jack will look like, but the museum has promised that the event will be both “very scary” and “fun.” Yes, the violent murders of vulnerable women is a real barrel of laughs.

A Chinese economics professor has come up with a downright creepy solution for his country’s bachelor surplus: wife-sharing. “High-income men can find a woman because they can pay a higher price,” Xie Zuoshi wrote in a blog post that was definitely not upsetting in any way. “What about low-income men? One solution is to have several take a wife together.” “But wait!” you might say. “Rather than turn women into commodities to be shared, why not abolish China’s single-child policy, which has led to dramatic gender imbalances in the country?” Well, friends, we have some good news …

Some rather disturbing court papers have revealed that the Saudi prince who was arrested at his Beverly Hills mansion last month on accusations of sexual assault ordered his entire staff to strip naked by his pool, used cocaine, and was an ardent supporter of local prostitutes. The papers also revealed that Prince Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud violently assaulted a woman and yelled “I am a prince and I do what I want. You are nobody!” when she asked him to stop. If the Los Angeles City Attorney decides to press charges, Prince Majed could face up to one year in prison, where the whole “I-am-a-prince-and-I-do-what-I-want” thing probably won’t hold much water.

A witch priestess from Salem, Massachusetts, took a warlock to court on charges of harassment (yes, you did read that correctly). Lori Sforza, who runs a witchcraft store and founded a pagan church, filed for protection against harassment from the “world’s best-known warlock” Christian Day. Sforza claimed that for three years, Day has been making profanity-filled phone calls to her private number and posting negative comments about her on social media. The judge said he was dismayed by the number of calls that had been made by Day to Sforza’s home, and granted her the protective orderFortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), the matter was settled in court, rather than with a duel of hexes.

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