The Salem Journal:  The People

Witches' Remise

Tituba: The Woman Caught in the Storm

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Tituba was a innocent and well-intentioned woman caught in the eye of a storm; a storm known as the Salem Witch Trials; a storm made of superstition, distrust, and fear. Tituba was born in an Arawak village in South America in 1674. She was captured and taken to Barbados where she was sold into slavery. Between the ages of 12 and 17, she served at the Parris household and worked for Reverend Samuel Parris. In 1680, Tituba and another slave named John accompanied the Parris household when they moved to Boston and later John and Tituba were married. Tituba only had one child, a daughter named Violet. John and Tituba married the same year that the Parris household moved to Salem in 1690. Continue reading

Slave Accused of Witchcraft

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Last night, Reverend Parris's slave was accused of witchcraft by his daughter and her cousin. The slave, by name of Tituba, had told the girls lots and lots of stories about magic, fortune-telling and spirits. Reverend Parris's daughter, Elizabeth (Betty) Parris, and her cousin, Abigail Williams, were at first intrigued with the stories, but later fell into mysterious fits of hysterics. They would fall into random trances and stare at the wall, scream, yell and sob whenever somebody touched them, or even throw the Bible. Elizabeth Parris was the first to be exposed to what everyone says was the Devil's hand. As soon as Abigail Williams became bewitched as well, Reverend Parris began questioning the girls. After days and days of questioning, finally, in annoyance, Betty Parris accused Tituba. Tituba was carried off to prison. Continue reading

Bridgett Bishop

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Bridget Bishop has been the first person killed in the Salem witch trials. She was killed on June 10th 1692. A tragic death it was. Bishop was hanged on gallows hill. Nobody knows if she was or was not a witch, but we do know that she had been accused of witchcraft before and after that her life was never the same. Continue reading

An Unexpected Turn in the Trials

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Rebecca Nurse, a highly respected lady in the Salem community, has been executed. Many are upset that the Rebecca Nurse has been killed, and mourn her. She has been a role model to many young Puritans. Her family is wished well. Continue reading

The Man Who Changed Salem's Future

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John Proctor changed Salem's future. He saved the lives of hundreds of people, his neighbors, friends, and family. Continue reading

John Procter: The Man Who Made a Difference

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A brave man not afraid to speak his mind has died a hero's death. John Proctor has been accused and hanged for being a wizard. Whether he is or is not innocent, the answer will be forever lost. Continue reading

Reverend Parris Plummets in Failure

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Reverend Samuel Parris lost his position as minister in Salem, Massachusetts because of trust. Reverend Parris's niece Abigail Williams and daughter Elizabeth Parris were accusers for the Salem Witch Trials. Reverend Parris was a minister who supported them. Once the girls could not be trusted any supporters of the girls also could not be trusted. Reverend Parris was eventually asked to leave Salem in 1697, which is where he had lived for 17 years. Continue reading

The Death of Giles Corey

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Giles Corey was pressed to death on September 19, 1692 in Salem Village for refusing to go to trial. Pressing is a brutal form of torture where the victim is stripped of his/her clothes, had a board put on his/her body, and then heavy rocks were slowly placed on the board. On April 19th of the same year, he was examined and pleaded innocent. However, the judges didn"t believe him, as the girls were moaning and groaning, and accusing him of torturing them with his specter. Continue reading

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