Salem Witch Trials

Salem, Massachusetts 1692

Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams

Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams were the two that started all the chaos in the Massachusetts colony. Abigail Williams was an eleven year old that was diagnosed with witchcraft because of her mass hysteria and seizures. Her nine year old cousin Elizabeth Parris, was also diagnosed with witchcraft. People thought they were doing the "devils work". The two accused many middle aged women of witchcraft and got them killed. Many died from being hanged, crushed, beheaded, etc. This practice continued around the world.

Bridget Bishop

Bridget Bishop was one of the first girls to get tried of witchcraft. She died because of Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams. The two named Bishop as one of the witches that caused her suffering. She was the first to be hung. She was hung on June 10th. Others continued to die because of these girls "medical conditions" that were caused by the alleged witchcraft that was going on in the colony. The puritans though that their faith was weakening and wanted to show that it wouldn't go down that easily. They wanted the Puritan faith to rise once again and become strong.

Martha Corey

Martha Corey was convicted of witchcraft. A delegation was sent to her house and she was arrested. The girls who lied about Martha being a witch were at her trial and pretended that they were being controlled by her. She was examined a couple days later. More women said that they were being controlled by her. She was sent to Salem jail and was hanged on September 22nd, 1692. Many people like Martha were killed for the same reasons.

Works cited

"Betty Parris: First Afflicted Girl of the Salem Witch Trials." History of Massachusetts. N.p., 10 June 2013. Web. 02 Sept. 2015.

"The Salem Witch Trials, 1692." The Salem Witch Trials, 1692. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Sept. 2015.