Women Being Hanged in Salem!

Mayhem Breaks Out in Massachusetts

1692, Salem, Massachusettus

Eleven-year old Abigail Williams and nine-year-old Elizabeth Parris began misbehaving just like the Goodwin children (kids suspected of being bewitched) did four years earlier. The doctor was called in to deal with the girls. He believed that witchcraft may have been the reason of their actions. About a week later a dog was fed a "witch cake" baked by Tituba with urine of the "afflicted" girls. This is an English folk remedy that is suppose to counteract the spell the girls were under, since a dog is believed to be closely related to the Devil. Under pressure the girls accused Tituba of causing their weird behavior and they were all three arrested. Where later Tituba admitted to practicing witch craft and Abigail and Parris were her sidekicks. This was a start of the hysterial "witch hunts".
In order for a witch to be punished for witchcraft she had to first be accused, then put through a series of tests, and lastly go through court. Many people accused others of being witches because this was a time of mass hysteria. Puritans were afraid if they had a spot in heaven or not, the thought of them going to hell, or the thought of even hell itself was very frightening. So they did not want a witch, (being a creature of the devil) anywhere near them. After they had been accused they had to do tests to prove if they were a witch or not. Many confessed simply because confessing and dying in jail was a better option than being tortured. Tests included, reciting the Lords Prayer without the slightest bit of hesitation or stumbling, and being poked on a mole and if it didn't hurt or bleed, they were considered a witch. All of the evidence was presented in court and people who were found guilty would be punished " accordingly".

Nineteen accused witched were hanged on Gallows Hill in 1662. On June 10th: Bridget Bishop. On July 19: Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, and Sarah Wildes. On August 19th: George Burroughs, Martha Carrier, John Willard, George Jacobs, Sr., and John Proctor. On September 22nd: Martha Corey, Mary Eastey, Ann Pudeator, Alice Parker, Mary Parker, Wilmott Redd, Margaret Scott, and Samuel Wardwell. Another accused wizard was pressed to death on September 19th when he failed to plead guilty or not guilty. Sarah Osborn, Roger Toothaker, Lyndia Dustin, and Ann Foster were other accused witches that later died in prison. 2 dogs were also hanged. These deaths could have been prevented if the people of Salem wouldn't have been set in their religious beliefs and fixated in the ideas of witchcraft.

Published by: Marissa Cummins