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Salem Witch Trials
Transcript of Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials went on from Feb 1692 to May of 1693 and they were a series of trials accusing many men, women, and children of witchcraft. It killed 26 and imprisoned over 50. it became the most well-known witchhunt of all time.
Salem Witch Trials
-They were hanged
-They were burned
-Stoned to death
-It led to multiple deaths
-People were hysterical
-It was the town's main focus
-Cattle and crops were untended
-Many "witches" confessed in order to stop the torturing
-There was no actual evidence people just made things up
Sarah Good was accused of witchcraft on March 6, 1692 when Abigail Williams and Betty Parris testified that the fits in which their bodies would stiffen, their eyes left rolled back, and their mouths hanging open were done by Sarah. Everyone turned on Sarah, including her husband. She was hanged on July 29th, 1962. Her four-year-old daughter was later accused of witchcraft as well.
How it Ended
The royal appointed governor of Massachusetts, Sir William Phips, ended the trials when his wife was accused of witchcraft in January of 1693. Many of the prisoners weren't released until May.
Identifying the Witch
-A mole was considered a "witch mark"
-A black cat as a pet was a witch's pet
-Any neighbor could accuse them and it would be considered enough proof
-Most people accused others they just didn't like
-Living alone was suspicious
-Not attending church
Tituba was a slave woman who was enslaved by Samuel Parris. She was the first to be accused for witchcraft by girls she cared for, Betty Parris and Abigail Williams. They claimed the pokes and pinches they often felt came from a doll Tituba would stick needles into. A confession was beaten out of her by Samuel Parris, she confessed to have spoken with the devil and witchcraft. She accused other women and mixed different beliefs of witchcraft, sending the town to paranoia in suspecting everyone they knew. Tituba was jailed but then released, there is no record as to what happened to her after her release.
By Paula Diaz and Sammy Verdusco