1. Witches Were Hanged, Not Burned

People who were thought to be practicing witchcraft were hung, since it was a felony in Colonial America. People considered to be witches were burned at the stake in Europe, not America. There was only one person that wasn’t hung or burned, and that was Giles Corey.

He was crushed to death for refusing to say whether he was not guilty or guilty.

Even if you don’t believe in witchcraft, I think you might still find these facts intriguing. Have you heard any other facts about the trials that you think others might like to read about? Why do you think the trials lasted as long as they did?

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