It all began with two young girls whose actions convinced locals that, since they were examined by a physician and claimed healthy, witchcraft had to be involved.
As things spiraled out of control, people of all sorts were being accused of being witches and many were subsequently hanged.
Over 150 people were arrested and imprisoned, and there were a lot more who were accused but never formally pursued by the authorities. All 26 who went to trial before this court were convicted.
That’s a story in itself and a very interesting story that shows mass hysteria at it worse.
Read about the Haunting s in Salem as it is one of the most haunted places in the U.S. and probably my favorite.