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Who were they?

Witches were accused of being witches if they could or had been seen striking people down with illnesses, diseases or madness, creating fires, tempests and thunderstorms, bringing bad luck, making false prophecies, or even plotting murder. They were sometimes accused if something bad had happened to their neighbours, or by people who didn’t like them. Black cats were often involved in finding witches.

Some people weren’t even witches, as a family found out in the Salem Witch trials in the late 17th century. A man named Giles Corey was crushed by rock weights. He was accused by Ann Putnam JR, Mercy Williams and Abigail Williams.

He was accused when their neighbours wanted their land, but they refused to give it to him. They were taken to court where the wife surrendered, but the Giles said that they weren’t. He was then crushed to death, and his wife spent the rest of her life in prison.