Salem Witch Trials


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  • The Salem Witch Trials
  • By:Karissa, Ryan, and Donavan
  • Tituba's a witch
  • Sarah Good is a witch
  • Sarah Osborn's a witch
  • If there were floods or droughts they thought it was the devil’s way of misfortune. Some believed that if you made a pact with the Devil he touched you and left a mark on the body, if you did not flinch or bleed when picked with a knife you were considered a witch. Also, if you were thrown into the water and did not float you were considered innocent.
  • Elizabeth (Betty) Parris(9) and Abigail Williams(11) began having fits and a local doctor diagnosed them as being bewitched.
  • As 1692 passed into 1693, the hysteria began to lose steam. The governor of the colony, upon hearing that his own wife was accused of witchcraft ordered an end to the trials. However, 20 people and 2 dogs were executed for the crime of witchcraft in Salem.
  • I order an end to these trials
  • Mass hysteria affected several other girls including Ann Putnam Jr., Mercy Lewis, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mary Walcott and Mary Warren. They started showing similar symptoms. The girls then accused several local girls of witchcraft and they were arrested.
  • Fourteen women and five men were hung on the first three hanging days. Those accused were either hung or imprisoned if they confessed.
  • Researchers believed the girls danced a black magic dance in the nearby woods. Several of the girls would fall to the floor and scream hysterically. Soon this behavior began to spread across Salem. We believe the main factors that started and fueled the trials were politics, religion, family feuds, economics, and the imaginations and fears of the people.
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