A look at the beginning of the salem witch trials

March 6: Ann Putnam Jr. April 3: Rev.

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The questioning of all three by Corwin and Hathorne continued. 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.

Margaret implicated her grandfather and George Burroughs in witchcraft. May John Willard was examined. April Mercy Lewis claimed that Giles Corey had appeared to her and forced her to sign the devil's book. Given the subsequent spread of the strange behaviour to other girls and young women in the community and the timing of its display, however, those physiological and psychological explanations are not very convincing.

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Deodat Lawson visited several members of the community and witnessed Abigail Williams acting strangely and claiming Rebecca Nurse was trying to force her to sign the devil's book.

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History of the Salem Witch Trials