The physicians called in to examine the girls could find no natural cause of the disturbing behavior. On June 3, the grand jury endorsed indictments against Rebecca Nurse and John Willard, but they did not go to trial immediately, for reasons which are unclear.
How To Cite This Article: The three women previously denounced as colluding with the devil were marginal to the community. When the first inquiry is made into the circumstances of such as may lie under the just suspicion of witchcrafts, we could wish that there may be admitted as little as is possible of such noise, company and openness as may too hastily expose them that are examined, and that there may no thing be used as a test for the trial of the suspected, the lawfulness whereof may be doubted among the people of God; but that the directions given by such judicious writers as Perkins and Bernard [be consulted in such a case].
During the period from March into the fall many were charged, examined, tried and condemned to death. The accusers said the black Man [Devil] stood and dictated to him. Baker also suggests conversion disorder as a possibility in his book A Story of Witchcraft: When Martha shifted her feet the girls did also, when Martha bit her lip the girls were compelled to bit their own lips, crying out in pain.
Though I believe that the just God then ordinarily provides a way for the speedy vindication of the persons thus abused.
Her trial was the scene of much agitation. Indian warfare and the uncertainties related to the arrival of a new charter and new Governor in the two years before the witchhunt also added to the level of social stress.
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Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osbourne. Other young women in the village began to exhibit similar behaviors. Nineteen victims of the witch-hunt had been hanged, one crushed to death under the weight of stones and at least four died in prison awaiting trial. In Ipswich, Rachel Clinton was arrested for witchcraft at the end of March on independent charges unrelated to the afflictions of the girls in Salem Village.
When Martha shifted her feet the girls did also, when Martha bit her lip the girls were compelled to bit their own lips, crying out in pain.
Charges were dismissed against many, but sixteen more people were indicted and tried, three of whom were found guilty: April Chief Magistrate William Stoughton — Suspect Roger Toothaker died in prison on June 16, Grand juries were held for many of those remaining in jail.
North Shore Publishing Company, Ann Putnam did there affirm that one day when Lieutenant Fuller was at prayer at her father's house she saw the shape of Goodwife Corey and she thought Goodwife N, praying at the same time to the Devil.
As soon as the bodies of the accused were cut down from the trees, they were thrown into a shallow grave and the crowd dispersed.
Events snowballed as the accusatory atmosphere intensified and reached a fever pitch. Burroughs was carried in a Cart with others, through the streets of Salem, to Execution.
In mid-July, the constable in Andover invited the afflicted girls from Salem Village to visit with his wife to try to determine who was causing her afflictions. The magistrates told her they would not admit it; they came not there to hear her pray, but to examine her in what was alleged against her.
The publication A Tryal of Witchesrelated to the Bury St Edmunds witch trialwas used by the magistrates at Salem when looking for a precedent in allowing spectral evidence. They affirmed she had a yellow bird that used to suck betwixt her fingers; and being asked about it, if the had any familiar spirit that attended her, she said she had no familiarity with any such thing, she was a gospel woman, which title she called herself by.
Opponents claimed that the Devil was able to use anyone's shape to afflict people, but the Court contended that the Devil could not use a person's shape without that person's permission; therefore, when the afflicted claimed to see the apparition of a specific person, that was accepted as evidence that the accused had been complicit with the Devil.
Spectral evidence Title page of Cases of Conscience Boston, by Increase Mather Much, but not all, of the evidence used against the accused, was spectral evidenceor the testimony of the afflicted who claimed to see the apparition or the shape of the person who was allegedly afflicting them.
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