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Connecticut Witch Trials

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The little-known story of the first witch hunt in New England—nearly half a century before Salem.

Connecticut's witch hunt was the first and most ferocious in New England, occurring almost fifty years before the infamous Salem witch trials. Between 1647 and 1697, at least thirty-four men and women from across the state were formally charged with witchcraft. Eleven were hanged.

In New Haven, William Meeker was accused of cutting off and burning his pig's ears and tail as he cast a bewitching spell. After the hanging of Fairfield's Goody Knapp, magistrates cut down and searched her body for the marks of the devil. In this book, through newspaper clippings, court records, letters, and diaries, former New York Times correspondent Cynthia Wolfe Boynton uncovers the dark history of the Connecticut witch trials.

Includes illustrations

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Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Kindle Book

  • Release date: January 23, 2019

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9781625849175
  • Release date: January 23, 2019

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9781625849175
  • File size: 7128 KB
  • Release date: January 23, 2019

Formats

Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
EPUB ebook

Languages

English

The little-known story of the first witch hunt in New England—nearly half a century before Salem.

Connecticut's witch hunt was the first and most ferocious in New England, occurring almost fifty years before the infamous Salem witch trials. Between 1647 and 1697, at least thirty-four men and women from across the state were formally charged with witchcraft. Eleven were hanged.

In New Haven, William Meeker was accused of cutting off and burning his pig's ears and tail as he cast a bewitching spell. After the hanging of Fairfield's Goody Knapp, magistrates cut down and searched her body for the marks of the devil. In this book, through newspaper clippings, court records, letters, and diaries, former New York Times correspondent Cynthia Wolfe Boynton uncovers the dark history of the Connecticut witch trials.

Includes illustrations

Expand title description text