The Salem Journal:  Legal News

Witches' Remise

Order in the Court

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The legal processes in Salem Village, Massachusetts went through many changes and stuggles, but all for the better, between the years of 1692 and 1693.Continue reading

The Dissolving of the Court of Oyer and Terminer

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Sir William Phips in Salem, Massachusetts, founded the Court of Oyer and Terminer May 27, 1692. It was designed for one sole purpose: to try and convict accused witches. The Court of Oyer and Terminer was dissolved October 29, 1692. Continue reading

Court Procedures

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Trials have been held in Salem Village ever since the hysteria of Witchcraft started. These trials were held considering the population of witches hiding in Salem. Many people have been accused so far in this historical crisis. The court procedures have changed with the arrival of Governor William Phips.Continue reading

The Process of Being Accused of Witchcraft

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The trouble started in 1692, when Tituba (the slave of Rev. Parris) started telling stories to a few girls in Salem village, soon enough they were making crystal balls out of an egg white suspended in a glass, and telling each others" fortune. After one of the girls saw a coffin instead of her future husband the real trouble started. The girls started to see horrible things, some even developed a mental illness called hysteria and began to suffer from convulsive fits.Continue reading

Prevent Damnation, Destroy All the Witches

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Hysteria is sweeping across the community. No one knows who is a witch or who is innocent. Neighbor is turning on neighbor, thinking that killing witches will please God, even if they have to kill innocent people to get them. The Bible preaches against witchcraft and this is fueling the trials.Continue reading

Women in Salem: Victims or Witches?

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Here in Salem the daily life of women is quite possibly a contributing factor to their "witch-like" actions. Being a social outcast could make people more likely to think you"re a "witch". Here, in Salem, any woman with a temper might be thought of as a witch. Interestingly women were some of the most influential people in the trials. Two such women were Betty Parris and Abigail Williams, who had so called "fits" that they claimed were caused by three local women who they later accused of being witches. They claimed these women were torturing them by pricking them with pins and making them dance among other things. The women they accused are: Tituba, who is the slave of Reverend Parris, Betty Parris's father; Sarah Osborne who is a married townswoman who doesn"t go to church and who lives with a man she is not married to; and Sarah Goode who is a local beggar with a temper. The trials of these women are influenced by their daily lives and, upon examining their tasks and chores, it turns out their lives are pretty grueling.Continue reading

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