Massachusetts: Abigail Williams and Betty Parris are believed to be "under
an evil hand."
check if this was the case, it was suggested that a cake be made of the girl's
urine and then fed to their dog. If the dog began acting strangely then it would
confirm their worst fears...
Abigail and Betty reported seeing slaves familiar to them in their hallucinations.
and John Indian, two slaves from the Caribbean, who practiced their own methods
of worship, owned by Betty's pastor father, Samuel, were immediately made suspects,
especially so when other girls who visited Abigail and Betty began to have fits
the end of the spring, Salem's jails were full of witches with more than half
of them recent immigrants from England.
witch trials began in the summer of 1692. Nineteen people were to be executed
and more than 100 imprisoned for allegedly practicing witchcraft.
before being executed, one woman told her accuser, Nicholas Noyes,
are a liar. I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my
life, God will give you blood to drink."
has it that Noyes died years later bleeding from his mouth.
the credibility of the two accusers was called into question and those accused
but not hanged were not prosecuted.
was not until 1710 that this wicked sham was reversed, with convictions of all
those who petitioned the court being reversed.