In the beginning of 1692 a small girl by the name of Betty Parris, fell sick in a Puritanism colony. When the doctor examined her she had contortions, outburst of gibberish and seizures. These symptoms mystified the other villagers. Other girls soon demonstrated these same symptoms causing the doctor to believe witchcraft was in the cause of these girls sickness. This verdict triggered an investigation that took 25 lives and more than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft; prisons filled with wrongly accused people, and concerned the people of the community of Salem, Massachusetts.
In the year of 1692 a group of several young girls, some being, Bridget Bishop, Alice Parker, Mary Easty, Betty Parris and Sarah Hubbard, were arrested, who were claimed by other colonist to be possessed by the devil. Later in February of 1692 arrest warrants were made to three women; all of them were accused by the group of young girls with the symptoms of the sickness, that they bewitched them. These three women names were a homeless beggar, Sarah Good, an elder Sarah Osborn and a Caribbean slave, Tituba.
These three women were brought to court to be trialed for using witchcraft. Both, Good and Osborn denied the claims and saying they were not guilty. Tituba, the Caribbean slave, confessed to the accusations of being a witch. She tried to convict other colonist, accusing them of witch craft, too, and serving with her to help the devil against the Puritan colony of Massachusetts. The other “witches”, accused by Tituba, confessed as well and named others that they worked with to serve the devil. This caused an overwhelming atmosphere in the trials sending the Massachusetts colony and surrounding settlements into a hysterical panic.
This panic was to overpowering for the governor of Massachusetts at the time causing a new governor to be appointed. William Phips was appointed new governor and made changes to help the colony with the panic. He ordered for an exceptional Court of Oyer and another of Terminer. Oyer was the court to hear the cases of the accused “witches” and Terminer was to select what their punishment was. These courts decided throughout Massachusetts and other places such as Essex, Suffolk and Middlesex countries.
The first conviction that these courts sentenced was against Bridget Bishop on June 2nd. She was hanged eight days after her trial at the Gallows Hill in Salem after being accused by her third husband. It is now believed that Bridget Bishop was in fact practicing the art of witchcraft. Five more convicted “witches” were hanged that July, five more in August and eight of them were hanged in September. There were also deaths of the accused in jails and an elder man, Giles Corey, who refused to plea at his trial and was later pressed by stones until he died. Nathaniel Saltonstall was a judge member during the trials, removed himself after the hanging of Bridget Bishop. Several months after leaving the bench, he was accused with...