Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials was probably considered the darkest time for the New England Colony. This was a mass murder of women and a few men that were supposed witches. All of this started from two little girls and a bacteria in the bread that affected the brain.
This all started on January 20,1692 when nine-year-old Elizabeth Parris and eleven-year-old Abigail Williams started to exhibit strange behavior. Blasphemous screaming, Seizures, Trance-like states and Mysterious spells. After this was noticed other young girls from around Salem began acting the same way.
By February No one was able to find any physical causes that could explain why this was happening. So when no physical ailment was determined the physicians they determined that the girls were under the influence of Satan. Reverend Samuel Parris held prayer Services and fasting in hopes of relieving the evil forces that plagued them. In an effort to expose Witches John Indian baked a witch cake made with rye meal and the affected girls’ urine. This was, in theory, to be a counter-magic to reveal the identities of the witches to the affected girls.
Under pressure to identify the sources of affliction, the girls’ named three women Tituba, Parris’ Carib Indian slave, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne. On the 29 of February arrest warrants went out and the women were arrested. On March 1 magistrates John Hothorne and Jonathan Corwin examined them. Osborne and Good maintained their innocence while Tituba confessed that she saw the devil in the forms of a hog and dog. Yet the thing that started the whole witch-hunt was the comment that she made saying that there was a conspiracy of witches at work in Salem.
Over the following months towns folk came forward and confessed that they too had been harmed or had been visited by strange apparitions of some of the members of the community. Accusations spread far and wide among the town. Interesting enough most that were denounced from witchcraft were those women whose behavior or economic circumstances were somewhat disturbing to the social order and conventions of that time. Most of the accused were already with a criminal record that included witchcraft, but others were faithful churchgoers and people that were high in the standings of the community.
The witch-hunt brought many people in accused of witchcraft. Martha Corey, Rebecca Nurse, Elizabeth Proctor, Sarah Cloyce and others high in the Salem community were examined. Nurse and Nehemiah Abbott were the only ones that were denounced as witches. John Proctor was the first of many males accused of witchcraft and none of the males were ever denounced. On May 10 Sarah Osborne Dies in a...