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Carolyn Rosewood
August 3rd, 2011, 07:51 PM
I think everyone has heard of the Salem Witch Trials. They were a series of hearings before county court trials to prosecute people accused of witchcraft in Essex, Suffolk and Middlesex counties in colonial Massachusetts.

They took place between February of 1692 and May of 1693. The preliminary hearings in 1692 took place in a variety of towns across the province: Salem Village (modern-day Danvers), Ipswich, Andover and Salem Town.

The best-known trials were conducted by the court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town. Over 150 people were arrested and imprisoned, with more accused but not formally prosecuted. Twenty-six people were convicted at trial in this court.