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"The Witches: Salem 1692," Pulitzer Prize winning author reveals what's real
The truth behind the Salem witch trials
It started with a prickling sensation on their skin. Then Abigail Williams, 11, and her cousin Betty Parris, 9, complained of feeling pinches and bites. They howled, writhed, went rigid and spoke gibberish. Friends and neighbors gathered in their house to pray and sing psalms. Weeks later, a well-meaning neighbor hit on a solution.
Remembering a Crime That You Didn’t Commit
I can usually spot him even before my talk is over — a middle-aged man with a smug expression on his face, borne of the total confidence of someone who spends a lot of time watching history programmes on television. Am I aware, he wants to inform me the moment the Q and A begins, that the real cause of the Salem witch crisis was ergot poisoning? Why, thank you, gentleman audience member. How good of you to share that with me. In the s — a time somewhat steeped in drugs, as it happens — a theory was advanced that the most deadly witch trial in North American history could be blamed on ergotism, a rare hallucinatory syndrome caused by consuming moldy rye bread. The adolescent girls who blamed their troubles on difficult, argumentative women in their community were suffering nothing worse than a bad acid trip. Comforting though this idea might be, the theory was discarded within months of its advancement.
Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum explored the lives of the women and men who helped spun the complex web of human passion that overrun the Salem Witch Trials. Thanks for voting! Please tell us why you like it! Please tell us why you don't like it! Thank you for sharing your experience! Your comment will be reviewed and published shortly.