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SALEM (CBS) – After nearly three centuries of conflicting beliefs, the city of Salem confirms a team of scholars verified the site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the 1692 witch trials as Proctor’s Ledge. The historic site is an area located in between Proctor and Pope Streets in Salem, Massachusetts.
“We are happy to be able to bring years of debate to an end,” Salem State University Professor Emerson Baker told the city of Salem. “Our analysis draws upon multiple lines of research to confirm the location of the executions.”
The Gallows Hill Project, a group of seven scholars, says they were able to definitively identify the location after five years of research, using court records, maps, ground-penetrating radar and aerial photographs.
originally posted by: Phatdamage
a reply to: Blackmarketeer
A place like this must have some bad spirits,
Mental note, of somewhere not to visit...... ever
Hopkins' witch-hunting methods were outlined in his book The Discovery of Witches, which was published in 1647. These practices were recommended in law books. During the year following the publication of Hopkins' book, trials and executions for witchcraft began in the New England colonies with the hanging of Alse Young of Windsor, Connecticut on May 26, 1647, followed by the conviction of Margaret Jones. As described in the journal of Governor John Winthrop, the evidence assembled against Margaret Jones was gathered by the use of Hopkins' techniques of "searching" and "watching". Jones' execution was the first in a witch-hunt that lasted in New England from 1648 until 1663. About eighty people throughout New England were accused of practising witchcraft during that period, of whom fifteen women and two men were executed. Some of Hopkins' methods were once again employed during the Salem Witch Trials, which occurred primarily in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692–93. These trials resulted in 19 executions for witchcraft, one man, Giles Corey, pressed to death for refusing to plead, and 150 imprisonments.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
originally posted by: Klassified
Exodus 22 "Thou shalt not suffer a which to live."
"I am God, and I approved this message."
That will teach them to try and turn people into newts.
originally posted by: charlyv
I go to Salem every once in a while. It is a beautiful town, and the people there are wonderful.
A bar you just have to visit, is the Lyceum. Probably one of the most haunted establishments in New England, but not malevolent. Attended a wedding reception there, and will never forget it. I think it is now under renovation. I sure hope they do not change it much.
On topic: Years ago, I read an article that said the witch hunt had more to do with land and property grabbing by the church and leaders of the community, than it did with witches. Accusing someone of sorcery in a local theocracy was just an easy way to get what they wanted.