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The Spring Of 1692 Salem Witch Trials

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In the spring of 1692 the Salem witch trials began. During this time in history women accused of being witches often faced being torture, testing, and trials. Most of the time witches experienced executions if not that, put in jail. The townspeople tortured the accused witches in the most inhumane ways. This is considered a very dark and eerie time of the Puritans in Salem, Massachusetts (P., Shaunak). A group of young girls in Salem, Massachusetts told the people of their town they had been possessed by the devil and accused several women from their town of possessing them. The ringleader of the girls, Abigail Williams, niece of Samuel Paris the town’s priest and her cousin Elizabeth Paris started having irrational fits and violent outburst. Since the girls kept having these violent outbursts Samuel Paris called for doctor William Griggs. Griggs examined the girls and diagnosed them with being bewitched. Soon a whole group of girls started acting as if they had been possessed as well, including; Ann Putnam Jr., Mercy Lewis, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mary Walcott and Mary Warren. This group of girls kept up this horrible act all because Tituba Paris’ slave saw them doing witchcraft in the woods late one night. This became a problem for Tituba being a slave; she knew her word would not be considered reliable. The girls prank got even worse when their accusations caused warrants for arrests on Tituba, along with Sarah Good, Sarah Osborn, Rebecca Nurse, Martha Corey, Bridget Bishop,
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