Salam witch trails
Some have theorized that the witch hunts were the result of personal vendettas or economic competition, still others have suggested that the consumption of ergot-poisoned rye grain may have resulted in hallucinations and faulty thinking among the Puritans in New England.
Unfortunately the work did not get released until after the trials had already ended. Suspect Roger Toothaker died in prison on June 16, However, hundreds of lives were damaged by the Salem witch hunts.
Start your free trial today for unlimited access to Britannica. Three witches Pressured by Parris to identify their tormentor, Betty and Abigail claimed to have been bewitched by Tituba and two other marginalized members of the community, neither of whom attended church regularly: Sarah Goodan irascible beggar, and Sarah Osborn also spelled Osbornean elderly bed-ridden woman who was scorned for her romantic involvement with an indentured servant.
The litany of odd behaviour also mirrored that of the children of a Boston family who in were believed to have been bewitched, a description of which had been provided by Congregational minister Cotton Mather in his book Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions and which may have been known by the girls in Salem Village.
Mary Bradbury aged 77 managed to escape with the help of family and friends. Daniel Andrews Other victims include two dogs who were shot or killed after being suspected of witchcraft.
Salem witch trials book
The Salem Witch Trials. Though Good and Osborn denied their guilt, Tituba confessed. As the weeks passed, many of the accused proved to be enemies of the Putnams , and Putnam family members and in-laws would end up being the accusers in dozens of cases. Crafts, circa As for why these victims were targeted in the first place, historians have noted that many of the accused were wealthy and held different religious beliefs than their accusers. Crewe, Sabrina and Michael V. In addition, year-old Giles Corey died after being pressed with heavy stones—his punishment for refusing to enter an innocent or guilty plea to the court. On December 17, , Governor Stoughton issued a proclamation in hopes of making amends with God. John Alden by proclamation. Morrisiana, Jackson, Shirley. However, the bodies of Rebecca Nurse, John Proctor and George Jacobs were eventually retrieved by their families and given Christian burials. Salem Witch Trials: The Hysteria Spreads The three accused witches were brought before the magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne and questioned, even as their accusers appeared in the courtroom in a grand display of spasms, contortions, screaming and writhing. Since the jurist Sir Matthew Hale had permitted this evidence, supported by the eminent philosopher, physician and author Thomas Browne , to be used in the Bury St Edmunds witch trial and the accusations against two Lowestoft women, the colonial magistrates also accepted its validity and their trials proceeded. Elizabeth Proctor was given a temporary stay of execution because she was pregnant. As soon as the bodies of the accused were cut down from the trees, they were thrown into a shallow grave, and the crowd dispersed.
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