Were The Accused Witches Really Witches?

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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were one of the worst events in pre-US history. Hundreds of people were imprisoned, and 20-40 people died. The girls who accused the people were ruthless and lied in court. The accused witches had no way to be declared innocent. I believe the accused witches were innocent.
When Tituba told Betty Parris and Abigail Williams stories and showed them voodoo tricks, things started to go haywire. As Betty and Abigail told some other girls about Tituba’s stories, the girls came over and Tituba showed them tricks. Pretty soon, the girls couldn’t listen in church, they had to cover their ears, and they would interrupt. Betty, Abigail, and the other girls had fits, ...view middle of the document...

” If the person got declared innocent, the girls would moan and shout, claiming that the accused person was a witch.
However, the witch hunt came to an end after many people started doubting everyone accused was a witch. There were many reasons to think this. First of all, the girls accused over 100 people-- how could they all be witches? Secondly, the girls started to accuse the wealthy people. This was a problem because when someone gets accused as a witch, Sheriff Corwin took their belongings. So if a wealthy person got accused, all of their possessions would have gone to Sheriff Corwin and the judges. Thirdly, spectral evidence was not practical. Spectral evidence is the use of evidence found in the invisible world, and only the accusers can see, hear, or feel something. Even though the judges couldn’t see it, they believed every detail. This would be like if a girl had a pin and pricked her arm and say, “the witch pricked me hard.”
With all of this in mind, the Salem witch hunt also stopped when Governor Phips put his foot down. His wife was named along with a bunch of wealthy class people, so he disbanded the notorious court of Oyer and Terminer, the court where witches were accused and prosecuted, and fired the Chief Magistrate William Stoughton. Many of the prisoners were bailed out of prison. Tituba sold herself into slavery. Another lady became an indentured servant in order to get out of jail. Dorcas Good, when she was finally released, had gone insane.
So, were the people accused of being witches actually witches? I think not, because there were too many people accused to all be witches. As Increase Mather wrote, “It were better that Ten Suspected Witches should escape, than that one Innocent Person should be Condemned.”...

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