Monday, July 19, 2010

Pop History Moment: The Salem Witch Trials Gain Momentum

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On this day in 1692 the Salem Witch Trials began to gather momentum when five women - Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth Howe, Sarah Good, and Sarah Wildes - were hanged for witchcraft on Gallows Hill in Salem, Massachusetts - because that's what Jesus would have done. The trials followed the execution of Bridget Bishop on June 10th, and before they ended in May 1693 would see as many as 150 people falsely accused and imprisoned...
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Anonymous said...

Isn't it bizarre that the most famous execution of 'witches' in North America didn't involve any Witches at all?

The birth of the new continents' strange relationship to the supernatural.

Seumas Gagne said...

And it was all probably due to ergotism anyway.

Yahweh surely has inspired some sick, sick religions.

michael sean morris said...

Clearly their mental circuits were clogged with sand when they were dreaming up the Abrahamic religions.