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When their livestock started to die mysteriously, the town's preacher accused Isabella of witchcraft. She denied the claim, but the town quickly turned against her.
~ Cyrus Kriticos telling the tragic history of Isabella Smith (also known as The Pilgrimess).

Isabella Smith, chosen by Cyrus Kriticos to be The Pilgrimess, is a minor antagonist, but major character in the 2001 film Thir13en Ghosts.

She was portrayed by Xantha Radley.


Before death

Isabella Smith was an Englishwoman, who traveled across the Pacific and settled in New England during colonial times. She was an outcast for the town she was living in, and was constantly ignored and isolated. After the livestock began to die mysteriously, Isabella was accused of witchcraft by the townspeople. They chased her to an old barn, which they lit on fire. However, between the ruins, she emerged, somehow unharmed by the fire. She was then sent to the town square and sentenced to the stocks. Finally, she succumbed to starvation.


Isabella wears a long, black dress, and her skin is in really bad shape. She is still locked to the stocks in which she was put on, by her head and hands.

Role in the movie

Isabella only appears once before the end, chasing Arthur Kriticos, Dennis Rafkin, Maggie Bess and Kalina Oretzia through a hallway to the library within the Basileus Machine after the Jackal attacks them. She failed to attack and killed the four people when she ran into a pane of Ectobar glass etched with Barrier Spells She is then seen during the climax, carrying Cyrus to his death in the Ocularis Infernum, then leaving the machine with the other ghosts.



  • If one looks closely when Dennis comes across the imprisoned Pilgrimess, her containment cube is covered in thick cobwebs and dead leaves.
  • As noted by Cyrus, it is unknown whether or not Isabella really was a witch in life.

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Ben Moss | Chet Walters | Cyrus Kriticos | Kalina Oretzia

Billy Michaels | Dana Newman | George Markley | Harold Shelburne | Horace Mahoney | Isabella Smith | Jimmy Gambino | Margaret Shelburne | Royce Clayton | Ryan Kuhn | Susan LeGrow