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3: fghf | In 1692 there were many accounts of men and women who were accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. The Puritans had brought the belief of witchcraft which ended in death to those who were found guilty. This spread throughout the town. Mainly women who had strange behaviors or behaviors that were "not normal" were considered witches.

5: One of the accused was Sarah Good. Her accuser, along with 29 other people was Elizabeth Hubbard. "I saw the apprehension of Sarah Good who did most greviously afflect me by pinching and pricking me and so most greviously afflect and tortor me also during the time of her examination and also several times sence hath afflected me and urged me to writ in her book." This was Hubbard's testimony against Sarah Good, which was a typical testimony for the "afflicted" girls. She and other girls manipulated people with her fits in the courtroom. Hubbard, a servant to Dr. Gruggs (doctor to originally diagnose the fits of bewitchment) had witnessed the fits of Abigail Williams and Betty Parris which may have inspired her accusations.

6: On March 23, 1692, Edward and John Putnam accused Rebecca Nurse of witchcraft. On June 30 was her trial. She was accused by many members of her community. John Hathrone, Jonathan Corwin and George Herrick Marshall were the accusers in the trials. "What do you say, (speaking to one afflicted) have you see this woman hurt?" "Yes, she beat me this morning. Abigail Williams and Ruth Putnam complain about Nurse hurting them.

8: Bridget Bishop was an easy target because she was more immoral than other Puritans, holding drinking and gambling parties in taverns, dressing inappropriately, and had company with the wrong people. " As soon as she came near all fell into fits. Bridget Byshop, you are now brought before authority, to give acco. of what witchcrafts you are conservant in." "I take all these people to witness that i am clear." "Hath this woman hurt you?" (speaking to the afflicted) Elizabeth Hubbard, Ann Putnam, Abigail Williams, Mercy Lewis and Mary Walcott claim to have been hurt by Bridget Bishop. "You are here accused by 4 or 5 for hurting them, what do you have to say to it?" "I have never saw these persons before, now I never was in this place before."- Examination of Bridget Bishop, April 19, 1692. Te afflicted girls, Bishop's accusers acted bewitched at the trial when Bishop looked at them.

10: "Sarah Good, what evil spirit have you familiarity with?" "Why have you hurt these children?" "Have you made no contract with the Devil?"

13: Actual documented testimony of Rebecca Nurse <===

14: Mary Warren aged 20: "Yeares of thereabouts testifyeth and saith that serverall times after the Nyneteenth day of April last when Bridget Bishop als Olliver who was in the Gaol at Salem she did appear to this depon't tempting her to sine the book & oft time during hr being there as afores'd the s'd Bridgett did torture and afflict this depon't and being in Chanies said tho: she could not do it, she would bring one that should doe it which now she knowes to be Mr. Cory that then came & afflicted her." - Mary Warren, accusing Bridget Bishop and Nathnial Cory, June 1, 1692

15: "Some time after the s'd Bishop wet to this depon't and asked him whither that which he had reported was true. That he had told to severall: he answered that was true & that it was she, and bid her denigh i if she dare, the said Bishop did not denigh it and went away very angry."- William Stacy accusing Bridget Bishop of witchcraft, June 2, 1962. This was after Bishop had used her powers to kill William Stacy's daughter, prank him and take some of his money when Bishop hinted to him and to others that she was a witch. Bridget Bishop did not deny it

16: The Salem Witch trials, although only lasting a short period of time, was a strange period for the Puritans with many accusation that lead to death.

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