Hear my words and heed my warning and laugh if you dare: witches live among us!
-- Mary Lou Barebone (WFT)
The fanatical leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, an anti-magic group active in New York during the 1920s. A “handsome” woman who wore Puritanical clothing like her Scourer ancestors, Mary Lou was also mother to three adopted children: daughters Chastity and Modesty, and a son Creedence (WFT). Mary Lou’s abuses as a mother led directly to her death when she was attacked by an Obscurius while trying to punish her children for having a toy magic wand.
Mary Lou was a descendant of evil Scourers who caused the Salem Witch Trials through her ancestor Bartholomew Barebone. He carried on the family tradition when he tricked Dorcus Twelvetrees into telling him all about MACUSA and Ilvermorny School in the late 1700s, an act which led to Rappaport's Law, keeping No-Majs and Wizards entirely separate.
A "charismatic and earnest" leader of her anti-magic cult