Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony: It was on this day that Sarah Goode, Sarah
Osborne, and Tituba, an Indian slave from Barbados, are charged with the illegal
practice of witchcraft. Tituba seems to have then confessed to the crime which
led the authorities on their search for more witches.
all began about a month earlier when 9-year-old Elizabeth Parris and 11-year-old
Abigail Williams, the daughter and niece, respectively, of the Reverend Samuel
Parris, showed signs of fits and other mysterious maladies. A doctor diagnosed
witchcraft, which led the locals on their search for the possible cause of the
witchery in their midst. In all about 150 people were incriminated including a
4 year old child...
A special court convened in June 1692 under Chief Justice William Stoughton. Bridget
Bishop was the first to be convicted, she was hanged June 10. 13 other women and
four men were executed at the gallows, one man, Giles Corey, was executed by 'crushing'.
The evidence for their guilt seems to have been how the witnesses reacted to them
during the trial.
1692 Governor William Phipps ordered the end of the horrible, sensational testimony.
The executions ceased and all those facing the gallows were pardoned and those
awaiting trial were released. Thus ending the Salem Witch trials.