Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This Day in Christian History: First Hanging of the Salem Witch Trails

This Day in Christian History June 10


June 10, 1692: Hanging of Bridgett Bishop


Bridgett Bishop
The summer of 1692 was a dark one in the province of Massachusetts. Started by the gossip and allegations of a few young girls, the Salem Witch Trials has gone down in history as an example of perverted justice.

When Bridgett Bishop was accused of witchcraft in April of 1692, it was not the first time such an accusation had been made. After being widowed once, Bridgett  married Thomas Oliver, and it was no secret that their marriage was less than happy. They'd been publicly shamed for fighting more than once. She was accused of witchcraft in 1680, but she posted bond and nothing more came of it.

Five girls accused Bridgett of witchcraft again in 1692. They claimed that she had cast spells upon them and tormented them. A trial was held, and she was sentenced to death. Bridgett became the first to be hanged for witchcraft during what has come to be known as the Salem Witch Trials.

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