This is the story of the Salem Witch Trials - the mass killings of women accused of practising witchcraft.
In 1692, in the town of Salem, Massachusetts, there were some very strange goings-on - believed to bethe work of witches, controlled by the devil.
Girls and women were reportedly twitching when being "touched by the devil" and acting paranormally.
These women and girls were convicted and hanged or executed, based upon evidence provided by children. There were even two dogs that got executed for the crime of witchcraft!
Many terrible killings took place before the governer's own wife was convicted. At this, he finally saw sense and cancelled the arrests, released prisoners and stopped executions.
Still, the story of the Salem With Trials is a valuable lesson to be learnt by both adults, teens and children. It reminds us what terrible things fear and confusion can drive us to do - it can even kill us.