Salem Witch Trials

June 2nd, 1692

Who started this?

There was two little girls named Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams. They were not allowed to play with toys or games, well that's what their slave, Tituba said. One day the girls were acting very strange. Their mother called the doctor in to check them out. He said that this was a result of witch craft. But, who was performing witch craft on these two girls? Well, they shouted out three names; Tituba, Sarah Good, and Sarah Osborne. Tituba was the slave of their family, Sarah Good was a homeless beggar, and Sarah Osborne was a fragile old lady.

What happened to them?

The three women were questioned. After Tituba was beaten she confessed. Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne did not confess to anything. Which would make sense because there was nothing to confess for. Tituba said that there were other witches in Salem. She blamed Rebecca Nurse, a grandmother, John Proctor, a farmer, and Dorcas Good, a 4-year-old who was eventually chained to a prison wall. They thought that the spirit's would come back and haunt them.

What did they do?

Bridget Bishop a bar owner was the first to be hanged on Gallows Hill. 19 more innocent people were hanged. The pastor recited the Lord's prayer because it was supposedly impossible for a witch, but that didn't save him. 4 men and women died in jail. The Boston minister spoke against the trials. "It were better that ten suspected witches should escape than that one innocent person should be condemned." The governor ended the witch trials, he let the ones in prison go.

The ones that were accused and executed

Most people went back to daily lives. The girls that started it went out and got married. Besides Anne Putman she acknowledged her role in the hysteria. "It was a great delusion of Satan that deceived me at that sad time... I desire to lie in the dust and earnestly beg forgiveness". Life would never be the same for those that were executed.

Hanged on Gallows Hill, June 10, 1692 Bridger Bishop.

Hanged on Gallows Hill, July 19, 1692 Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susanna Martin, Rebecca Nurse, and Sara Wild.

Hanged on Gallows Hill, August 19, 1692 George Burroughs, Martha Carrier, George Jacobs, John Proctor, and John Willard.

Hanged on Gallows Hill, September 22, 1692 Martha Corey, Mary Easy, Alice Parker, Mary Parker, Ann Pudeater, Margaret Scott, Wilmot Reed, and Samuel Wardwell.

Pressed to Death, September 19, 1692 Giles Cory.

Died in Jail Sarah Osbourne, Roger Toothaker, Ann Foster, and Lydia Dustin.

In the show Criminal Minds Spencer Reid makes a connection with the Salem Witch Trials.


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