After further reading of the examinations and petitions of the accused witches there is quite a lot of information that can be obtained. For example, the entire witchcraft theory began when Betty Parris became severely ill due to an apparent disease known as convulsive ergotism. Betty’s symptoms were quite strange when the young child began having unordinary body movements, vomiting, and hallucinations. According to Linda Caporael, Betty had obtained this disease by eating rye that was infected with ergot. Salem was experiencing an unusually hot and wet climate during the rye harvest, which Caporael believes resulted in the infected rye. However it wasn’t until more citizens of Salem became ill for the rest of
the crowd to begin with the witchcraft accusations. Three other women of different ages began to show similar symptoms to Betty Parris. The local doctor William Griggs examined the young women, in doing so he made accusations that the disease could possibly be due to a supernatural power since his remedies were not bringing any health back to the patients. As time went on the number of “witches” had risen all suffering of sy...
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... Salem jail and refused to stand for trial resulting in him being “pressed”. Heavy stones were placed slowly on top of Corey until his apparent death.
Reverend John Hale said, " It cannot be imagined that in a place of so much knowledge, so many in so small compass of land should abominably leap into the Devil 's lap at once.” Following this statement the witchcraft trials began to dwindle, many were questioning how so many people could be associated with the devil or even guilty of practicing witchcraft. In early fall of 1692 as quickly as the accusations appeared they had vanished. Resulting in nineteen executions, one to two hundred imprisonments, even dogs were executed due to being used in witchcraft. Finally, Samuel Sewall, one of the judges during the trials publicly announced he was guilty of falsely accusing victims and apologized to the citizens of Salem.
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