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15 Dec 2017
Nine year old Elizabeth Parris and eleven-year- old Abigail Williams begin to exhibit strange behavior, such as blasphemous screaming, convulsive seizures, trance-like states and mysterious spells. within a short time
Unable to determine any physical cause for the symptoms and dreadful behavior, physicians concluded that the girls were under the influence of Satan
Martha Corey is accused of witchcraft
Martha Corey was examined before Magistrates Hathorne and Corwin
Rebecca Nurse was examined before Magistrates Hathorne and Corwin
George Jacobs, Sr. and his granddaughter Margaret were examined before Hathorne and Corwin. Margaret confessed and testified that her grandfather and George Burroughs were both witches. Sarah Osborne Died in a prison in Boston Margarert Jacobs: "...They told me if I would not confess I shoild be put down into the dungeon and would be hanged, but if I would confess I should save my life
Increase Mather returned from England, bringing him a new charter, and a new governor, Sir William Phips.
Mary Easty was released from prison. Yet due to the outcries and protests of her accusers, she was arrested a second time.
Bridget Bishop was hanged in Salem, the first official execution of the Salem witch trials. Bridget Bishop: “I am no witch. I am innocent. I know nothing of it.” Following her death, accusations of witchcraft escalated, but the trials were not unopposed. Several townspeople signed petitions on behalf of the accused people they believed to be innocent
Margaret Scott, Willmont Redd, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Abigail Faulkner, Rebecca Eames, Mary Lacy, Ann Foster, and Abigail Hobbs were tried and condemned
Giles Cory was pressed to death for refusing a trial.
Dorcas Hoar was the forstof these pleading innocent to confess. Her execution was delayed.
Martha Corey, Margaret Scott, Mary Easty, Alice Parker, Ann Pudeator, Willmont Redd, Samuel Wardwell, and Mary Parker were hanged.
After20 people had been executed in the Salem witch hunt, Thomas Brattle wrote a letter criticizing the witchcraft trials. This letter had great impact on governor Phips, who ordered that reliance on spectral and intangible evidence no longer be allowed in trials.
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