Salem Witch Trials

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Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trials

The infamous Salem Witch Trials began during the spring of 1692. Before the trials started, back in January of 1692 the daughter and niece of Reverend Samuel Parris became ill. When they didn't get better the village doctor was called in. He diagnosed them of bewitchment, which started the ultimately resulting in the death by hanging of nineteen men and women.

Who was the first convicted witch?

Bridget Bishop was married three times and was accused of bewitching her second husband Thomas Oliver to death, but was acquitted for lack of evidence. Bishop was accused of bewitching five young women, and that is how she became the first convicted of being a witch. William Stacy testified that Bishop had previously made statements to him that others in the town considered her to be a witch. Bridget was a resident of Salem town not Sale village, where the allegations started.

Bridget Bishop


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