Re: Historical Background Regarding Witchcraft ... Continued

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Posted by Goody Sandy on January 20, 2000 at 04:48:20:

In Reply to: Re: Historical Background Regarding Witchcraft ... Continued posted by Elaine on January 19, 2000 at 19:13:55:

Hi Elaine:

Thank you for posting this fascinating history of the Great Hunt.

:: By the way, those killed in Massachusetts were falsely accused and they were most enthusiastic in their denials of witchcraft & 'magick.'

Ironically, the accused who plead guilty to the charge of witchcraft were spared the death sentence, while those who were convicted of the charge were put to death. Those who were found guilty were found so based on non-empirical “evidence” that the defendants could not disprove, such as allegations that the “witch” was in two places at one time. Many witnesses for the prosecution testified that the “witch’s” spirit visited him/her in the middle of the night while defense witnesses testified that the accused was actually elsewhere at the time of the alleged “visit.” Once the courts disallowed such “evidence” no more defendants were found guilty and thus the “witch hunt” in Salem came to an end.

Best wishes,
Goody Sandy


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