FromIn 1692, mass hysteria swept through Salem, Massachusetts, spawning one of the most notorious miscarriages of justice in American history.
Townspeople, fearful of the devil, began accusing men and women of witchcraft, putting them on trial. They eventually hanged 19 and pressed one, Giles Corey, to death.
Corey was the only victim of the Salem witch trials not to be hanged to death.
Giles Corey (September 11, 1611 – September 19, 1692) was accused of witchcraft along with his wife Martha Corey during the Salem Witch Trials (1692-1693). After being arrested for witchcraft, Corey refused to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. He was subjected to pressing in an effort to force him to plead — the only example of such a sanction in American history — but instead died after two days of torture.-From Wikipedia-(Photo: Dana Huff/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
The first convicted witch, Bridget Bishop, was hanged that June.
Sarah Good (July 11, 1653 – July 19, 1692)
Trials continued with until early 1693.
But by that May, the governor of Massachusetts had pardoned and released all those in prison.
Now, researchers have finally the pinpointed the location of their execution – not the aptly named ‘gallow hill’, but an area called Proctor’s ledge.