Skip to comments.Were witches burned at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials?
Posted on 10/21/2019 8:14:57 PM PDT by hapnHal
In January 1692, a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts became consumed by disturbing fits accompanied by seizures, violent contortions and bloodcurdling screams.
A doctor diagnosed the children as being victims of black magic, and over the next several months, allegations of witchcraft spread like a virus through the small Puritan settlement.
Twenty people were eventually executed as witches, but contrary to popular belief, none of the condemned was burned at the stake. In accordance with English law, 19 of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials were instead taken to the infamous Gallows Hill to die by hanging. The elderly Giles Corey, meanwhile, was pressed to death with heavy stones after he refused to enter an innocent or guilty plea. Still more accused sorcerers died in jail while awaiting trial.
The myth of burnings at the stake in Salem is most likely inspired by European witch trials, where execution by fire was a disturbingly common practice.
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Ask Hillary. She was there.
Q. Do we have any modern day WITCHES?
Most were hanged. One accused was pressed (a board was laid on top of him and stones were placed on the board) because he refused to enter a plea. None were burnt at the stake.
Hillary is the next generation...
Well, when I visited Salem MA in about 1990/91, there were. There was a witchcraft store near the historical museum.
Interesting thing, those who pled “guilty” were fined and given a prison term. All had their property confiscated by the local sheriff.
Those who pled “NOT GUILTY” were tried, convicted and hanged. Property confiscated.
Giles Corey refused to make a plea and was pressed to death. Because he did not make a plea, his property was not confiscated and his family survived intact.
No. They were hung.
“During” the trial, or after it?
Elderly women talking back is still a family trait even to this day. She was 67, which back then was elderly
I have female cousins who actually believe they are witches.
Hanged....it’s hanged. The difference is kinda important.
Who says the Puritans didn’t know how to have a good time?
Hanging a few witches. Party on!
Think of it as a late Halloween celebration for a humorless sect that refused to celebrate Christmas. No wonder Massachusetts has turned out like it has.
Yes. I’ve known several, and dated one.
Lol, stop it!
I guess I’d better not add one was stoned.
I suppose you have heard the song:
Google “hatevil nutter”
I’ve known several modern day “witches”.
At least they think they are. To the rest of us they look like suburban California chicks who are play-acting. Deal me some Tarot, baby.
You wanna find real witches, go to Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo down on Bourbon Street...
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