In the spring of 1692, Elizabeth Parris and Abigail Williams began having fits of hysteria, contortions, and outburst of screaming. The ton doctor diagnosed the girls with bewitchment, and the hunt began. Other women in the community began experiencing similar symptoms of supposed witchcraft.
Sarah Good, Sarah Osborn, and Parris’ slave Tituba were all arrested for charges of witchcraft. Good and Osborn pled not guilty, but Tituba pled guilty and claimed there were other witches who also made deals with the devil. Hysteria swept through the town, leading to several more arrests and tortures. By May 1692, twenty “witches” had been killed.
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