Salem Witch Trials
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...William Griggs, concluded that they had been “bewitched.1” The bizarre fits started with the child and niece of Reverend Samuel Parris, the elected minister of Salem Village. His nine-year old daughter, Betty, and his niece, eleven-year-old Abigail Williams, exhibited uncanny behaviors. They hid under chairs, contorted their bodies, lashed out their tongues, and spoke in outlandish languages.2 Because Doctor Griggs cannot provide a physical explanation, he blamed witchcraft for these behaviors. During the seventeenth century... ? SALEM WITCH TRIALS July 26, 07-26 Introduction In January 1692, several girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts, began experiencing strange “physical fits,” and their physician,...