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FC: The Accused Witches in Salem in 1692 | By Emily Cuseo and Sarah Dahlberg

1: How it Started 1692- There were young girls who threw horrid fits and the doctor claimed they were victims of witchcraft. The girls blamed 3 village women, one of whom claimed to have met with the devil and said there were other witches in town. Soon many were pressured to confess to being a witch with fear of being tortured or jailed.

3: Accounts of Witch Trials (On the following pages)

4: Examination of Mary Barker August 29th, 1692 Confessed to witchcraft Accused another of turning her into a witch "she sayes she afflicted the above three persons by squeezing her hands... And is afrayd she has given up herself soul and body to the Devil. she sayes she promised to serve worship and believe in him and he promesed to perdone her sins" ( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2678 Page 9 )

5: Examination of Mary Bridges, Jr August 25th, 1692 "She s'd a yellow bird appeared to her: out of dores: & bid her serve him: he promised me mony s'd she and fine Cloathes & I promised to serve him: & I was to afflict: Martha Spreag but: he gave me neither money nor fine Clothes: she s'd she thought when he appeared: it was the Devil & she was to serve him two years: then was: to be his body & soul: she owned she had bin babtized by him. Then she was bid to goe take the two afflicted persons by the hand & she did & they were not hurt" ( Suffolk Court Files Case No. 2729 Page No. 73 )

6: Brave Words of Some of the Accused Witches All of Whom Were Executed "I am an innocent person. I never had to do with witchcraft since I was born. I am a Gosple woman." Martha Cory (March 21, 1692. From the Rev. Parris account of the examination at Salem Village Meeting House.) "I am an innocent person. I never had to do with witchcraft since I was born. I am a Gosple woman." Martha Cory (March 21, 1692. From the Rev. Parris account of the examination at Salem Village Meeting House.)

7: "Amen. Amen. A false tongue will never make a guilty person." Susannah Martin (May 2, 1692. From the Rev. Parris account of the examination at Salem Village Meeting House.) "... I fear not but the Lord in his due time will make me as white as snow." John Willard (May 18, 1692. From the Rev. Parris account of the examination at Salem Village.)

9: Punishments of Accused Witches - 19 witches were hung (executed) - Strapped to table, piece of wood laid on top of them, rocks piled on top until suffocation - Beheaded - Drowned - Burned at the stake -200 accused -many died in jail or under torture

10: Works Cited "The Salem Witchcraft Papers, Volume 1." University of Virginia Library. Ed. Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2012. . "Brave Words of Some of the Accused Witches All of Whom Were Executed." Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2012. .

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