The execution of salem witches

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Most of the Salem Witch Trials victims were women but men were accused and executed too. On September 22, Martha Cory went to the gallows along with seven other convicted witches, in what would be the last hangings of the Salem Witch Trials.

Bridget Bishop's case was the first brought to the grand jury, who endorsed all the indictments against her.

The execution of salem witches

Nevertheless, we cannot but humbly recommend unto the government, the speedy and vigorous prosecution of such as have rendered themselves obnoxious, according to the direction given in the laws of God, and the wholesome statutes of the English nation, for the detection of witchcrafts.

These men were not well-liked in the community and many were very outspoken against the witch trials. Burroughs] was cut down, he was dragged by a Halter to a Hole, or Grave, between the Rocks, about two feet deep; his Shirt and Breeches being pulled off, and an old pair of Trousers of one Executed put on his lower parts: he was so put in, together with Willard and Carrier, that one of his Hands, and his Chin, and a Foot of one of them, was left uncovered.

Like Bishop, she had been accused of witchcraft before, but the charges had been dropped for lack of evidence.

Due to the large number of accused witches, the prisoners were kept in multiple jails in Salem, Ipswich and Boston. The results of the examinations were reduced to written reports, going into details, and, among other evidences in the trials, spread before the court and jury.

Noyes turning him to the Bodies, said, what a sad thing it is to see Eight Firebrands of Hell hanging there. I know not what a Witch is.

She was the first person executed in the trials. Major Nathaniel Saltonstall Esq.

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