Notable Historical Trials II – The Salem Witch Trials

The text of this chapter is pulled from Cotton Mather’s history and is kind of sad.  The theory of the court is that the evidence of the ‘innocents’ could be relied on to convict, and any contradictory evidence that they might be faking was ignored.  Apparently the judges had forgotten how nasty they had been at the same age.

Like usual in these matters, the convictions come fast and furious and then seem to sputter out when someone influential or important, like the Governor’s wife is named.

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