65. A Bewitched City
Salem in the state of Massachusetts is called
"Witch City", but don't be afraid. There aren't
wearing pointy black hats riding around on brooms.
New England city is called the Witch City
of an infamous set of trials that happened
in 1692 to 1693. At the time, the
was just a town in the British colony
Massachusetts. The Salem Witch Trials accused more than
people of being witches. People believed witchcraft was
and was criminal. Among the accused were women,
, and even children. Nineteen people were sentenced to
. They were all hanged. One of the accused
tortured with heavy rocks being placed on him
he was crushed underneath the weight. Seven others
There was never any proof that
accused, and convicted were really witches. Historians think
people would accuse people because of family feuds.
historians think that a domino effect occurred, with
becoming hysterical after one accusation. Fear of witches
like a disease.
The Salem Witch Trials have
a part of the city's history. "The Crucible",
play about the trials by Arthur Miller, has
turned into a movie. The city is not
of its past, but rather uses it to
tolerance and earn some tourist dollars. There is
memorial dedicated to the innocent people who died
of the witch-hunts. There is a "Witch Museum"
tells the story of what happened. Many people
Salem around Halloween. Salem police cars have witch
. A local public school is known as the
Heights Elementary School, and the Salem High School
teams are named the Witches. Films and television
featuring fictional witches have been filmed in Salem,
"Hocus Pocus" and "Bewitched".