The History Of The Salem Witches


Don’t you just love October!?! The leaves changing color and falling the smells in the air and the history all over, especially in Salem, MA… Salem, MA is busy-busy-busy this month from fairs, festivals and parades for the whole family and witch walks and tours to amazing night life. But I thought it would be fun if we learned a little Salem Witch History this month, so here we go…

Salem, MA is very well known for their Salem Witches and more precisely The Salem Witch Trials which occurred in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. During this time more than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft and 20 were executed for it. Just before the trials began in January of 1692, Reverend Parris’ daughter Elizabeth, 9 years old, and niece Abigail Williams, 11 years old, started having “fits”. They would scream, throw things, shout out strange sounds and twisted their bodies into strange positions, a local doctor blamed the supernatural. But they were not the only ones, another young girl, Ann Putnam, 11 years old, experienced similar episodes…

On February 29th 1962 the girls blamed 3 women for their actions, this was due to the pressure magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne put on them. These three women, Tituba (the Parris’ Caribbean slave), Sarah Good (a homeless beggar), and Sarah Osborn (an elderly impoverished woman) were brought before the local magistrates and interrogated for several days, this began on March 1st 1692. Sarah Osborn and Sarah Good both claimed they were innocent but Tituba confessed she said, “The Devil came to me and bid me serve him”. During the investigation she claimed to have seen complex images of black dogs, red cats, yellow birds and a “black man” who wanted her to sign his book. During her confession she admitted to have signed the book, all 3 women were put in jail.

So there you have it, what started the Salem Witch Trials back in 1692 was the actions of 3 little girls due to witchcraft. If any of you are lucky enough to live in the New England area, or visiting this month, try and visit the Salem Witch Museum in Salem, MA. And if not then and you are still interested in more Witch history then try one of our psychic chat rooms and see who else may be interested in sharing some cool information.

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