This Day in Christian History June 10
June 10, 1692: Hanging of Bridgett Bishop
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.