Salem Witch Trials 1692-1693
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Going Home After Being Released
The Salem Witch Trials occurred from February 1692 - May 1693 in Massachusetts. They started when the preachers daughter and niece began exhibiting strange behavior. They would have fits of rage, begin throwing things, screaming, crawling under furniture, and would become contorted in their shape. They also complained of feeling pinches and pin pricks despite there being no marks of any sort.
The people who were accused were put on trial and if they were convicted, they were put to death. 20 of the accused were executed, 19 of them by hanging and one by being pressed to death between rocks. Five people died in prison with two of them being children.
The trials were finished when Governor Phips from Boston called for no more executions in October of 1692. Some people speculate it was because his wife was accused and would be executed as well. The people were found innocent and would be released when they had paid their fees from jail. One woman died in prison in March 1693 because she could not pay.
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