Myth-busting: Ergot Poisoning The years 1691 to 1692 mark an important date in Salem Massachusetts. A small village on the North coast of Massachusetts, Salem became notorious for their injustice and cruelty of their Witch Hunts, in which over 20 people, men and women, were executed in half a year. Surrounded by Religious Paranoia and uncertainty in their newfound community, people began looking at practices of the Devil as a scapegoat for unusual happenings. Believed to have been works of the devil for centuries, this idea has been rebuked in recent times, as a study in 1976 strongly suggested the effects of Rye Ergot Poisoning to be the main force behind the Witch trials. The main cause behind the Salem witch trials can be said to be Ergot Poisoning, also known as Ergotism, where a victim would fall to severe Muscle Spasms and the effects of a modern day LSD.
Such similarities include the false imprisonment of innocent people based off of prejudice beliefs and heavily biased justice systems. The Salem Witch Trials began in the year 1692 when several young girls in Salem, Massachusetts were acting so strange that they were believed to be under a witch’s spell (Schiff). When confronted, the girls began accusing others of practicing witchcraft (Schiff). Many people were soon accusing others or being accused of witchcraft; they were being accused for various reasons such as unexplained illnesses, failed crops, or a woman could even be accused if she could open something a man could not (Brandt, p. 38). As stated in Anthony Brandt’s article, An Unholy Mess, “Legally, spectral evidence was not grounds for convicting a witch.
Whenever John went to testify against Abigail, she accused him as well. Elizabeth Procter and John Procter were hung. On August 5, 1692, they were tried, convicted, and sentenced for the crime of witchcraft. Fourteen days later they were hung by the neck on Gallows
The citizens felt it was their duty to destroy the witches for the good of the community. More than one hundred and fifty people were charged and jailed. Twenty were executed. However, most of the folks accused were sincerely innocent. The real causes of the Salem witch trials were quite the antithesis from the handiwork of Satan and his “employed witches.” Today, the origin of the calamity is believed to be a combination of a few different factors.
The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693 were among the most surprising and violent episodes in the history of America. It wasn’t violent due to a lot of people dying, in fact, only 19 people were killed due to this event. However, hundreds had their lives changed forever. Some, without any hope of it ever going back to how it was prior to the Trials. No, it was violent due to the fact that it was neighbor turning on neighbor.
More than 100 people were arrested and trialed, of those 20 people were put to death, 19 prisoners were pressed by heavy stones, during this time over 200 people were put to death. The event happened around Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode island. A few of the most famous witches that were ever know were Bridget Bishop, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, and Sarah Wildes. The Salem Witch Trials went on between February 1692 - May 1693 but by the 18th Century, though, witches were no longer considered a threat. Instead they were understood as the superstitious imaginings of
REVIEW OF LITRATURE A.) SUMMARY SOURCE A Although the whole book had information on the Salem witch trials. The introduction, chapter 1 and 2 and the conclusion had information regarding the research needed • Introduction: states what the Salem witch trials where and who they accused. How two little girls (Abigail and Betty) where the first to suffer from fits of hysterical outbreaks and how many accusers came forward and described how they or their animals had been bewitched. It mentions the court cases and how there were more woman than men accused of practicing witch craft.
His attitude changed throughout the court session, he was talking to himself, singing and at one point dropped his pants. On October 15th, Chikatilo was charged for the murders of 52 people and was sentenced to death, 16 months later he was shot in the head. My research question is “To what extent is Andrei Chikatilo a psychopath?” I chose this question because Chikatilo shows many traits of being a psychopath which is why I think this question is appropriate for this essay. I believe Andrei Chikatilo is a psychopath to a large extent, even though in his court session he was acting a little psychotic, I would still conclude him to be a
In colonial Massachusetts, between 1692 and 1693, a series and hearings and prosecutions of people allegedly performing witchcraft took place. A simple rumor precipitated a widespread hysteria, leading to approximately 200 accusations and 20 deaths. Both The Lottery and Salem Witch Trials exemplify how the American culture is essentially
The prosecutions were held under the premise that locals within Salem had begun to act peculiarly: morphing their bodies unnaturally, becoming physically ill and incoherently babbling. The community believed that this was a result of demonic possessions or supernatural forces, setting out to resolve the issue in a panic. Approximately one hundred and fifty locals were accused of involvement within that year and thus, twenty