Feb 11, 2019
Most Americans can recall back to school being in classes that talked about the Salem Witch Trials.
The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. More than 200 people were accused, 19 of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging.
This event was made historically cemented into our culture by the sheer size of those involved and by the popularity of playwright Arthur Millers 1953 award-winning play “The Crucible”
Arthur Miller’s play was a metaphor for the “Witch Hunt” for communists during the Red Scare however it made the events of the 1600s in the American Colonies common knowledge.
We are not going to spend today’s episode investigating the Red Scare, or even diving into the modern equivalent of the Witch Trials by comparing the 1600’s witch Hunts to the Satanic Panic of the ’70s and ’80s
We are going to tell the story of a single outlier of the Salem Witch Trials and investigate the tale of one woman who was not just accused of being a witch a single time. But a woman who was accused multiple times and who has a story that goes far beyond just her life but into legend and the paranormal.
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