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  The Witches of Salem  


Witch trial in Salem, 1692
 

"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Exodus, 22:18


In 1692, the incoherent and "indecent" behavior of eight girls shocked the inhabitants of Salem, Massachusetts. Their symptoms failing to correspond to any known illness, one of the attending doctors suggested they were caused by witchcraft. From that point on, a series of accusations leveled by these children led to the arrest and imprisonment of more than 200 people. Thirty or so of them, judged by a local tribunal, were hanged or died in prison.

What mad wind that year had blown across this small New England town?

Circular stone on which all of the victims names are engraved
 


 

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