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Salem Witch Trials

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Transcript of Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trials
Origins of the Salem Witch Trials
The Process of Putting a Witch on Trial
Executing Witches

Witch way would the witch die?
In Salem, Massachusetts, more than two-hundred people were accused of being witches, (smithsonianmag.com). Twenty of these people were executed, and at least another four died awaiting trial (law2.umkc.edu).
The stories of witches being executed by being burned at the stake is a myth in the case of Salem. This myth is most likely inspired by European witch trials where this type of execution was common (history.com).
Works Cited
Instead, accused witches were hanged at the gallows on Gallows Hill in Salem (history.com).
Witch way would the witch die? Continued..
One of the accused, a man named Giles Corey, was executed by pressing, or crushing (history.com).
Other accused witches died in prison while awaiting trial (history.com).
Belief in witches and the supernatural had been around long before the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.
The idea of witches had existed since the 14th century in Europe.

These beliefs had since been spread to colonial New England (Ushistory.org).
The Court System


The three accused witches were tried before the magistrates Johnathan Corwan, and John Hathorne.
As they were tried the afflicted feel screaming and writhing to the floor, and were afflicted by uncontrollable spasms.
Good and Osborn denied being witches, while Tituba confessed and claimed that there were other witches acting with her.
In May 1692 the Governor of Massachusetts established the Court of Oyer and Terminer to try accused witches. They
were allowed to use spectral evidence in there cases, and as a result many people were convicted with witchcraft

The Court System


The three accused witches were tried before the magistrates Johnathan Corwan, and John Hathorne.
As they were tried the afflicted fell screaming and writhing to the floor, and were afflicted by uncontrollable spasms.
Good and Osborn denied being witches, while Tituba confessed and claimed that there were other witches acting with her.
In May 1692 the Governor of Massachusetts established the Court of Oyer and Terminer to try accused witches. They were allowed to use spectral evidence in there cases, and as a result many people were convicted with witchcraft (history.com).

Witch Cakes


One method of proving a witches guilt was by using a witch cake.
In this method a cake was made using rye meal, and the urine of the accursed person.
This cake would then be fed to dogs, and if the witch cried out in agony as the dog bit it then, they were witches (listverse.com).
Forced Confession by Dunking

This method was used for people who did not confess to being a witch, but who were under heavy suspicion.
In this method to prove guilt the accused would be tied and dunked in a river or pond over and over again.
Through repeated cycles of this torture the accused would confess to being witches just to escape the pain (listverse.com).
Origins Continued
Many people were on-edge at this point in time, making the soon-to-come idea of witches living among them even more frightening (history.com).
The after-effects of the British war with France, a recent smallpox epidemic, and fear of neighboring Native Americans left the colonials fearful and suspicious of neighbors and outsiders.
Origins Continued
People first began worrying about the possibility of witches in Salem when a doctor, William Griggs, diagnosed a young girl with bewitchment.
She, along with other girls in the area, were experiencing symptoms of uncontrollable screaming and violent contortions (law2.umkc.edu).
We now know that these symptoms were most likely caused by a sickness spread from a bad rye crop (bonappetit.com).
A Caribbean slave, Tituba, and two other women, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn, were accused of bewitching the girls, and were arrested (history.com).
The end of the Trials
How to convict a Witch
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Sam Dean, 17 Oct. 2012. Web. 22 July 2015.
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and Death Warrant. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Aug. 2015.
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2012. Web. 22 Aug. 2015.
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The end of the trials was brought about when people began to doubt so many could be accused of witchcraft and that innocent people were being executed.
Locals began speaking out against the trials and spectral evidence was declared unacceptable.
Soon after, the last of the executions were performed and the rest of the imprisoned were freed due to lack of real evidence (historyofmassachusetts.org).
(the Monty Python version)
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