Salem Witch Trials

Donivan Hemmersbach

Background

The witch trials Started in salem around 1692 when the reverend Parris' daughter Elizibeth, and niece Abigail Williams started acting out of the ordinary. They started having "Fits". These fits consisted of screaming, threw things, uttered particular sounds, and contorted themselves in weird positions. The local doctor blamed the supernatural. Another girl named, Ann Putnam experienced similar episodes. On the 29th of February, after being under pressure from magistrates Johnathan Corwin and John Hathorne, the girls blamed three women for afflicting them. These womens names were tituba, the Parris' Caribbean slave; Sarah Good, a homeless beggar; and Sarah Osborne, an elderly impoverished woman. These accusations sparked the witch hunt.