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From June through September of 1692 nineteen men and women all having been convicted of witchcraft were carted to Gallows Hill a slope near Salem Village for hanging Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges Hundreds of others faced accusations of witchcraft Dozens got put in jail for months without trials Then almost as soon as it had begun the panic that swept through Puritan Massachusetts endedThe first three to be accused of witchcraft were Tituba Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn Tituba was an obvious Good was a beggar and social misfit who lived wherever someone would househer and Osborn was old quarrelsome and had not attended church for over a year The Putnams brought their complaint against the three women to county magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne who scheduled examinations for the suspected witches for March 1 1692 in Ingersolls tavern When hund reds showed up the examinations were moved to the meetinghouse At the examinations the girls described attacks by the specters of the three women and fell into their by then perfected pattern of contortions when in the presence of one of the suspects Other villagers came forward to offer stories of cheese and butter mysteriously gone bad or animals born with deformities after visits by one of the suspects The matter might have ended with admonishments were it not for Tituba After first adamantly denying any guilt afraid perhaps of being made a scapegoat Tituba claimed that she was approached by a tall man from Boston who sometimes appeared as a dog or a hog obviously the Devil who asked her to sign in his book and to do his work Yes Tituba declared she was a witch and more she and four other witches including Good and Osborn had flown through the air on their poles She had tried
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