Just imagine seeing hallucinations everywhere, believing that witches are everywhere doing horrible things. That seems terrifying but not as terrifying as what happens to the people who were accused. If they were accused it is practically a death sentence. The scary thing was that people believed the little girls of Salem who were accusing people. Even after people were put to death, Salem residents didn’t feel guilty at all, even if they were responsible for a death. The Salem Witch Trials were very complex, from legal procedures to the reasons the girls accused people left and right, it was a hectic and tragic period of time.
Before The Salem Witch Trials came to what people today call America, there were accusations of witchcraft in England, too. In the fall 1692, when The Salem Witch Trials finally ended, there were 140 recorded individual cases from that summer. From these trials historians have pieced together the story from numerous complaints, warrants, depositions, summons, and petitions that were kept from each trial. Many of these types of documents went past a magistrate for his approval. Magistrates were local justices of the peace; thay also oversaw formal accusations and made the decision if the person was going to be tried as a witch (Rosenberg). In a boring town like the 1692 Salem, people tried to find reasons to spice up their lives, and accusing people you didn’t like of being witches was very popular. Other people thought that natural catastrophes and disease was Satan acting in the world. M...
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