American Idol Results – Whoa There! – And other Crazy History

Okay, what the heck? CARLY WENT HOME?!?!!?!!? BROOKE AND JASON ARE STILL THERE????? Whoa there! I am shocked, shocked, shocked. My friend Aaron was jokingly saying there would be an upset and Carly would go home – I blame him!

As many of you know, I am an avid reader, especially on the internet. I came across this crazy history and thought I’d share.

The Salem Witch Trials (taken from this site)

The events which led to the Witch Trials actually occurred in what is now the town of Danvers, then a parish of Salem Town, known as Salem Village. Launching the hysteria was the bizarre, seemingly inexplicable behavior of two young girls; the daughter, Betty, and the niece, Abigail Williams, of the Salem Village minister, Reverend Samuel Parris.

The Witch House

The Witch House

The Witch House

In February, 1692, three accused women were examined by Magistrates Jonathan Corwin and John Hathorne. Corwin’s home, known as the Witch House, still stands at the corner of North and Essex Streets in Salem, providing guided tours and tales of the first witchcraft trials. John Hathorne, an ancestor of author Nathaniel Hawthorne, is buried in the Charter Street Old Burying Point.

By the time the hysteria had spent itself, 24 people had died. Nineteen were hanged on Gallows Hill in Salem Town, but some died in prison. Giles Corey at first pleaded not guilty to charges of witchcraft, but subsequently refused to stand trial. This refusal meant he could not be convicted legally. However, his examiners chose to subject him to interrogation by the placing of stone weights on his body. He survived this brutal torture for two days before dying.

It is remarkable 552 original documents pertaining to the witchcraft trials have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.

Eerie memorabilia associated with the trials, such as the “Witch Pins” used in the examination of witches and a small bottle supposed to contain the finger bones of the victim George Jacobs can be found in the Clerk’s Office in the Essec Superior Court House, Salem.

Some quotes of those who were hanged:

Elizabeth Howe “If it was the last moment I was to live, God knows I am innocent…”
Rebecca Nurse “Oh Lord, help me! It is false. I am clear. For my life now lies in your hands….”

For a more comprehensive history, check this site out:

Wikipedia Salem Witch Trials

Sorry for the random post. Oh wait, this is Just Rambling, so I guess randomness works! I leave you with this questions, “what would YOU do if you were accused of being a witch in a time when the accusation was all that was really needed?”

2 thoughts on “American Idol Results – Whoa There! – And other Crazy History

  1. I fear there’s nothing these women could do once they were accused, it was death for them. I have heard that back in those days, it was seen as evil to use herbs and other natural elixirs. Pretty much a lack of open mindednesses was the root of it all, as I see it. In modern times, they would simply be the organic crowd.

    Now days, one would hope, a “witch” would be welcomed as a diverse part of society as a whole. However, if I were accused of being a witch when accusation was all that was needed, I guess I’d have to do as Elizabeth Howe did and give it to God as tough as that can be.

    And, pray that the accusers get boils!!!

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