Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

16/3/2012

‘Her victim was left tortured, afflicted, consumed, pined, wasted, and tormented’: Extraordinary indictment of Salem ‘witch’ hanged for ‘detestable arts of witchcraft and sorceries’

In 1692, mass hysteria swept through Salem, Massachusetts. Superstitious townspeople, fearful of the devil, began accusing men and women of witchcraft and hounded scores of ‘witches’ to put on trial. They eventually hanged 19 and pressed one to death. Among them was Margaret Scott, an impoverished widow in her seventies whom a teenage servant accused of sorcery. She was found guilty on September 17, 1692 and hanged five days later. for more click here

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