The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. More than two hundred people were accused. Thirty were found guilty, nineteen of whom were executed by hanging (fourteen women and five men).
|Other names||Dorcas Good|
|Known for||Youngest accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials|
|Parent(s)||William Good (father) Sarah Good (mother)|
Men weren’t the only unexpected victims of the Salem Witch Trials: So were dogs, two of which were killed during the scare. One was shot to death when a girl who suffered from convulsions accused it of bewitching her.
Most of the accused, some 75%, were women, though some men were also executed as witches or as warlocks. Modern estimates indicate that over 1,500 persons were executed.
A total of 24 innocent people died for their alleged participation in dark magic. Two dogs were even executed due to suspicions of their involvement in witchcraft.
Good is always depicted as an old hag with white hair and wrinkled skin. She is often said to be sixty or seventy years of age by the same writers who clearly state that she was pregnant and had a six-year-old daughter.
July 29, 1692
The Salem Witch Trials were “unfair” throughout countless eyes of villagers that lived in Salem village during this ghastly era. … The judges would then determine whether the witch would be announced innocent or would be given a punishment. This depended on the witch’s testimony that would be given to the judges.
|The pressing of Giles Corey|
|Born||c. August 1611 Northampton, England|
|Died||September 19, 1692 (aged 81) Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay|
|Cause of death||Pressed to Death|
Twenty people were eventually executed as witches, but contrary to popular belief, none of the condemned was burned at the stake. In accordance with English law, 19 of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials were instead taken to the infamous Gallows Hill to die by hanging.
|Died||june 1727 Dornoch, Scotland|
|Cause of death||Burned alive|
|Monuments||The Witch’s Stone in Littletown, Dornoch.|
|Known for||Last person to be executed legally for witchcraft in the British Isles|
From the mid-16th to the early 18th century, close to 4,000 people in Scotland—overwhelmingly women—were tried for witchcraft. Up to two thirds of this number may have been executed. This during a period when brutal witch persecution was relatively common in Europe.
We have identified a total number of 3,837 people who were accused of witchcraft in Scotland. 3,212 of these are named and there are a further 625 unnamed people or groups included in our database.
Dorothy was in custody for nearly 9 months, from March 24, 1692, when she was arrested until she was released on bond for £50 on December 10, 1692. She was never indicted or tried, although her imprisonment led to insanity, from which she later recovered.
Sarah eventually confesses to witchcraft to save herself from being executed. This was the only way for anyone to save themselves. They had to admit to something they didn’t do. People knew that Sarah was not a witch, but they knew she was trying to save her life.
Current scholarly estimates of the number of people who were executed for witchcraft vary from about 40,000 to 50,000. The total number of witch trials in Europe which are known to have ended in executions is around 12,000.
A warrant was filed on February 29 by Thomas Putnam, Edward Putnam, and Thomas Preston of Salem Village against Sarah Good. She was accused of injuring Elizabeth Parris, Abigail Williams, Ann Putnam Jr. and Elizabeth Hubbard over two months’ time.
|Born||Sarah Warren c. 1643 Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony|
|Died||May 29, 1692 Boston, Massachusetts, Province of Massachusetts Bay|
|Known for||Accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials|
|Spouse(s)||Robert Prince (died 1674) Alexander Osborne|
|What is John’s response to her prodding?||He is reluctant to go.|
|What gift did Mary give Elizabeth?||A poppet (a doll)|
|What was the evidence against Sarah Good?||She confessed to witchcraft, she mumbled after begging for cider and bread, and she could not recite the commandments in court.|
Witch-hunts are practiced today throughout the world. While prevalent world-wide, hot-spots of current witch-hunting are India, Papua New Guinea, Amazonia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
How were the witch hunts in the United States resolved? The U.S. realized the error of its ways and made amends. … A special judge serving in the Salem court during the witch trials. He signs the death sentences for those individuals who refuse to confess their crimes.
81 years (1611–1692)
Giles asked for more weight for two reasons. First, he knew that the adding of more weight would end his suffering quicker. Second, and perhaps the more honorable, he was showing the officials that his spirit would not be broken.
|How many death warrants has Hale signed?||72|
|What do the men want Mary Warren to do on command?||faint|
|What does Proctor confess?||his affair with Abby|
|What does Proctor saw about his wife that eventually works against him?||He says she never lies|
In 1992, the Salem Award Foundation erected the Salem Witch Trials Memorial adjacent to the Old Burying Ground, a cemetery in town where one of the judges and some other notables are interred.