In 1692 colonial Salem, Massachusetts, 20 people were accused of witchcraft and later were executed. It all started in January of 1692; the daughter of Reverend Samuel Parris fell ill. When they noticed that she wouldn’t improve, Dr. William Griggs was called in and what he diagnosed was bewitchment. After the diagnosis, witch hunting started, and therefore, 19 men and women of a young age were found and set to be trialed. Years after the execution, after the case had been meticulously investigated
Salem Witch Trial DBQ Essay Why are two young girls accusing me when I didn’t do anything?! What Bridget Bishop, a Puritan who lived in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692, didn’t know was that that was only the beginning of the witch paranoia. So, what caused the fear of witches in Salem, 1692? The Salem witchcraft trials were caused by poor, young girls, who acted possessed. The accusers ages were mostly under twenty, they lived on the poor, western side of town, and they pretended to be possessed.