The mass hysteria of witchcraft in Salem Village, Massachusetts started with a group of young girls. These girls claimed to be possessed by the devil and proceeded to accuse several local women of witchcraft.
Trials first arose with a special court in Salem to hear the cases and prove women either guilty of witchcraft or innocent without charge.
Bridget Bishop was one of the first "witches" to be hanged.. Her execution took place the June of 1692.
Hanged for business with the devil
More than 150 men, women, and children were accused of dealing with the devil over the next few months.
19 men and women had been hung through the 9 months of hysteria.
Witchcraft first erupted in the Parris household. Tituba, an enslaved women belonging to Samuel Parris, was accused of bewitching four Salem girls within the time frame of January to March.