Accused as Witches?
What Was the Punishment for the Guilty?
The accusing started when Tituba ,a servant of Reverend Paris, made a so called witch cake. Some of the townspeople tested it on a dog. There is no record as to what happened to the dog. People believed that the dog was a messenger of the devil. Some people were accused because they would kneel down and make animal sounds. Nineteen witches were hung. People started to worry when two girls had strange fits. Citizens of Salem accused their neighbors of casting spells on them.
The death sentences were disturbing and brutal, and the accusing was ridiculous. Some people were strapped to a table. Then the people who were prosecuting them would lay a piece of wood on them. On top of that, rocks were laid until the accused person suffocated.