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Salem Village should not be confused with Salem Town. Salem Village is today called Danvers, Massachusetts. I will not mince words here as others have, the girls, the judges, the ministers were nothing short of serial murderers. I will not stoop to calling them "the afflicted". They should live in history as what they are, murderers of innocent victims who had no ability to defend themselves. They were monsters, pure and simple, not "afflicted children", not "men of God temporarily led astray", or whatever nonsense they used to excuse themselves. They were agents of malicious Evil. Their bodies should be dug up, drug through the streets, ground into dust and dumped in a sewer.
Rev Samuel Parris (1653-1720), minister at Salem Village from 1689, finally evicted from his post in 1695
Elizabeth "Betty" Parris (1682-1760), aged 9 in 1692, his daughter, first serial killer, her demented acting out started the hysteria, her younger brother died insane
Nathaniel Ingersoll (1634-1719), deacon at Salem Village and also ran the ordinary or tavern
Tituba, consort of John Indian. Serial killer who set-off the hysteria by telling wildly extravagent witchcraft fantacies which the stupid citizens of Salem Village believed. And which caused them then to start murdering their neighbors.
Dr William Griggs, physician living in Salem Village in 1692, the idiot who decided that a condition which he could not diagnose, probably a form of hysteria, must be the work of Satan and thus deliberately setoff the entire wave of murder.
George Jacobs, Sr
Thomas Putnam (1652-99)
Anne (Carr) Putnam (1661-99), wife of Thomas
Rev Nicholas Noyes, second pastor of the First Church of Salem in 1692
Rev John Hale, minister at Beverly in 1692
Bridget Bishop, murdered
George Burroughs, murdered
Mary English, accused, wife of Philip.
Martha Corey, murdered
John Willard, murdered
Sarah Good, murdered
Lydia Dustin, died in prison while awaiting her chance to be murdered
Mary Sibley, aunt of Mary Walcott
Sarah Osborne, accused, married first to Samuel Prince, secondly to William Osburne
Dorcas Good, accused (her name was not Dorothy, but Dorcas)
John Hathorne, magistrate, living in 1692 in Salem Town
Jonathan Corwin, magistrate, living in 1692 in Salem Town
George Corwin (1666-96), sheriff of Salem Village, son of Jonathan Corwin.
Rev Increase Mather (1639-1723), minister at Second Church in Boston and ambassador to England. For the remainder of his life, he steadfastly refused to denounce the witchcraft trials.
Rev Cotton Mather (1663-1728), a zealous proponent at the time of the trials, although not directly involved in judging the accused. He was afterward, severally condemned for his attitude and a number of times protested his public treatment.
The murderous children, serial killers of Salem 1692:
- Anne Putnam, (1679-1716), aged 12 in 1692. By her testimony in nineteen cases, she attempted to murder nineteen innocent people. She apologized in 1706. She never married.
- Elizabeth Hubbard, aged 17 in 1692. By her testimony in twenty cases, she attempted to murder twenty innocent people.
- Mary Walcott, (1675 - living in 1719). Aged 16 in 1692. By her testimony in sixteen cases, she attempted to murder sixteen innocent people.
- Mary Warren. By her testimony in twelve cases, she attempted to murder twelve innocent people.
- Mercy Lewis. aged 19 in 1692. By her testimony in ten cases, she attempted to murder ten innocent people.
- Susanna Sheldon, aged 18 in 1692. By her testimony in ten cases, she attempted to murder ten innocent people.
- Elizabeth Booth (b. 1678), "aged 16" in 1692. By her testimony in ten cases, she attempted to murder ten innocent people.
- Abigail Williams, serial killer in Salem. Cousin of Betty Parris and ward of Rev. Samuel Parris, aged 11 in 1692. By her spitefully willful aping of her cousin's acting out, in order to gain attention, she helped start the hysteria. By her testimony in eight cases, she attempted to murder eight innocent people. She vanishes from the record by 1697.
- Sarah Churchill, aged 20 in 1692.
The trials were opposed by among others, Robert Calef, a merchant of Boston, who wrote a book called "More Wonders of the Invisible World". I have begun an attempt to create a slideshow out of the pages of that book here. It's not yet finished. So once again men of God are held up to round ridicule by free thinkers.