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On September 22,eight people were hanged for their alleged crimes as witches. They were among 20 who were killed as a result of the hysteria that took place in the New England village of Salem where fear of demonic possession struck panic among the Puritans and led to more than accusations against anyone suspected of witchcraft. While in prison, the accused, many of them women, were repeatedly humiliated by being forced to strip naked and undergo physical examinations of their nude bodies. About 20 years after the convictions, inthe colony passed a bill pardoning those accused and granted monetary restitution to the surviving victims and their families. However, hundreds of lives were damaged by the Salem witch hunts.


The other victims were either found guilty but pardoned, found not guilty, were never indicted, evaded arrest or escaped from jail. She was brought to trial on June 2, found guilty and became the first person executed during the witch trials when she was hanged on June 10, At the time of the witch trials she was poor and pregnant and would often go door to door in Salem Village begging for handouts while her husband worked as a day laborer.

He was found guilty on August 5 and executed on August 19, He was an outspoken critic of the Salem Witch Trials and often threatened to beat or whip the afflicted girls for their role in the witch trials. In May ofshe was accused of witchcraft by the afflicted girls in Salem Village. His son, George Jacobs, Jr, was accused as well but he evaded arrest.

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Scott was brought to trial on September 17 and executed on September 22, He was also a well known fortune-teller and practitioner of English folk magic. Sarah Wildes was brought to trial on June 29 and executed on July 19, Burroughs was a minister in Casco, Maine during the s but left the settlement after it was attacked by Native Americans. Alice Parker was brought to trial on September 9 and executed on September 22, It is not known why Parker was accused but she stated during her examination that there was another woman in Andover named Mary Parker and suggested it was a case of mistaken identity.

Good was one of the first people accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials, along with Sarah Osbourn and Tituba. Not everyone who was accused was pursued by authorities or arrested though. The girls then accused a local slave, Tituba, and two other women of bewitching them. No charges were ever brought up against Howe but she was later refused admittance to an Ipswich church due to the incident.

Sarah Good was brought to trial June 29 and executed on July 19, Much like Bridget Bishop, Howe had also been accused of witchcraft before. He later settled in Salisbury, Mass for a while before being asked to serve as the new minister in Salem Village in The residents of Salem disagreed over his appointment as minister and he was not always paid his salary. During his examination, he admitted to fortune-telling and dabbling in magic and said that the devil may have taken advantage of him for these reasons.

Inshe was accused of fornicating out of wedlock with Thomas Wardwell and in she was accused of wearing a silk scarf. He often borrowed money from the Putnam family to support his family. Many people testified against George Jacobs, Sr, including almost all the members of the Putnam family.

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Some of the court records have been lost over the years, but the following is an almost complete list of the victims arrested for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials:. Rebecca Nurse was executed on July 19, Sarah Wildes had somewhat of a bad reputation due to brushes with law.

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According to various sources, over people were accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials. When Tituba was arrested a few days later, confessed she was a witch and stated there were other witches in Salem, the colonists panicked and began a massive witch hunt to find these other witches.

Redd was accused of witchcraft in May of by the Salem Village afflicted girls and brought to Ingersoll Tavern in Salem Village for her examination. Wardwell was accused in September of and arrested and jailed in Salem.

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The clergy responded but it was too late to save Proctor, who was brought to trial on August 5 and executed on August 19, His remaining family members were either never charged or found guilty and pardoned. These proposed reasons have included personal vendettas, fear of strong women, and economic competition.

When he stopped being paid all together, he left Salem and returned to Maine. Historians believe the accused witches were victims of mob mentality, mass hysteria and scapegoating. The Salem Witch Trials began in January ofafter a group of girls began behaving strangely and a local doctor ruled that they were bewitched.

During her trial, Pudeator accused many of her accusers of lying.

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Carrier was brought to trial on August 5 and executed on August 19, He was one of the first people in Salem to speak out against the witch trials. Martha Sprague then stated that the woman in front of her was the woman who afflicted her. Many historians believe that a of individuals in the colony, particularly the Putnam family, quickly took advantage of this witch hunt and mass hysteria by accusing rival neighbors or other colonists that they disapproved of or wanted revenge against.

Martin was accused of witchcraft by the afflicted girls in the spring of Susannah Martin was taken to Salem Village, brought to trial on June 29 and executed on July 19, She was a pious and popular woman who had a longstanding feud with the Putnam family over border boundaries between their ading land.

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The charges were eventually dropped or dismissed. Her children were also accused and were coerced into testifying against her. Between and people were arrested for witchcraft during the witch hunt. In her case she was accused of bewitching a local girl. She also disapproved of the controversial appointment of Samuel Parris, whom was a close friend of the Putnams, as the new Salem Village minister.

When the afflicted girls first began showing symptoms that they were bewitched, the girls accused the three women of the bewitching them. Bishop had a bad reputation around town because she had been accused of witchcraft years before and had frequent run-ins with the law.

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Mary Parker was brought to trial on September 17 and executed on September 22, Ann Pudeator Age: 70s Ann Pudeator was a widow who lived in Salem town where she also worked as a nurse and midwife. It is believed that his work in the occult led to his witchcraft accusation.

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A member of the Nelson family also sat on the grand jury that convicted her. In her cases she was accused of infanticide and tormenting people with her specter.

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A second arrest warrant was issued and Willard was hunted down and arrested in Nashua, NH. Several confessed witches testified against Willard as well as afflicted girl Ann Putnam, Jr. John Willard was brought to trial on August 5 and executed on August 19, He was a reluctant church go-er and was an outspoken critic of the Salem Witch Trials. At some point the Putnam family sued Burroughs for failure to repay his debt and shortly after accused him of witchcraft. The jury reconsidered and came back with a guilty verdict. Rebecca Nurse was originally found not guilty at the end of her trial in late June but when the verdict was read out loud in the court the afflicted girls protested and the jury was asked to reconsider its decision.

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The Gould family were close friends with the Putnam family of Salem Village. Shortly after, Willard himself was accused of witchcraft by Ann Putnam, Jr. Willard was not immediately arrested but his in-laws, the Wilkins family, began to grow suspicious of him. She had a reputation for being sharp-tongued and often quarreled with locals. He was first accused by his servant, Sarah Churchill, who also accused his granddaughter Margaret Jacobs. After her husband died inScott was left destitute and forced to beg from her neighbors.

A brief history of the salem witch trials

Willard was responsible for helping to arrest the accused witches but soon began to doubt so many people could be guilty of witchcraft and quit his job in protest. Shortly after the Salem witch hunt began in March ofthe Putnam family accused Sarah Wildes of witchcraft in April of and she was arrested. Redd was brought to trial in September and executed on September 22, Scott had seven children but only three survived childhood.

Regardless, the Salem Witch Trials are a memorial and a warning to what hysteria, religious intolerance, and ignorance can cause in the criminal justice system. Pudeator was brought to trial on September 9 and executed on September 22, Like Bridget Bishop and many other witch trial victims, Wilmot Redd had also been accused of witchcraft before in She was an unpopular person around town because she often quarreled with others and had an abrasive personality. All of these factors created a volatile and dangerous situation that resulted in the imprisonment and death of many innocent people.

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The couple lived in Salem town where Alice was known as a pious, honest woman. Shortly after, his wife and daughters were also arrested.

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This made her unpopular with her neighbors. Some of her medical supplies, such as foot ointments, were confiscated and introduced to the court as objects of the occult.

Remembering the victims of the salem witch executions

Burroughs was arrested, brought to trial on August 5 and executed on August 19, Carrier was the first person in Andover accused during the Salem Witch Trials. Proctor knew Salem was in the midst of a mass hysteria and wrote a letter to the Boston clergy in July asking that they intervene or move the trials to Boston.

Four people also died in prison while awaiting trial. Pudeator was accused of witchcraft in May of by Sarah Churchill and several other afflicted girls of Salem Village. Mary Witheridge. She was accused by her neighbor Benjamin Abbot after the two had a dispute over land and Abbot immediately fell ill.

She was arrested, brought to trial on June 29 and executed on July 19, Much like Bridget Bishop, Susannah Martin had also been accused of witchcraft before. An arrest warrant was issued for John Willard but he had already fled Salem Village.

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In Salem Village in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Bridget Bishop, the first colonist to be tried in the Salem witch trials , is hanged after being found guilty of the practice of witchcraft.


Elizabeth Hubbard was one of the original girls to begin the witchcraft accusations, and she continued to be a leading accuser throughout the summer and fall of