The Case Of Abigail Williams And The Salem Witch Trials

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On January 20th, 1692, a nine-year-old girl, Elizabeth “Betty” Parris, and an eleven-year-old cousin, Abigail Williams, started the Salem, Massachusetts witch-hunts. Abigail Williams, niece of the village Reverend, began to exhibit sudden, strange behaviors. The young girl screamed blasphemous statements, had horrific convulsions, went into motionless catatonic states, and murmured strange conjurations, and, like clockwork, a small group of Salem children began to evoke the same mysterious behaviors in the puritan village. Two girls continued to ignite one of the most popular trials in witchcraft history because of boredom and personal jealousies. With the blooming hysteria, the doctors, of the townspeople, concluded that the children were controlled by Satan. In turn, the Reverend, Samuel Parris, ushered prayers, church services, and public…show more content…
Case techniques involved citizens complaining in opposition to innocent victims, often with no lawyer. Once brought before the magistrates for trial, the hypothetical evidence is assessed by the judges, and a formal trial by jury would follow. Most convicted, at that time, were not emotionally or logically capable of defending oneself against a hysterical witness or strict court. In general, you could say that the afflicted, young girls contributed the evidence, and other people that confessed being a witch justified it. The verdicts, at that time, were not viewed as being unfair, except by those who got convicted. It was believed that Satan or Lucifer could “possess” anyone 's soul, but, in 1693, it had been accepted that erroneous procedures and false verifications had been passed down by the courts, but the people of the colony still believed that Lucifer lurked. They believed he had deceived the souls of the village people into thinking the innocents were witches after the

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