What was the main cause of witch hunts?

The causes of witch-hunts include poverty, epidemics, social crises and lack of education. The leader of the witch-hunt, often a prominent figure in the community or a “witch doctor”, may also gain economic benefit by charging for an exorcism or by selling body parts of the murdered.

What was illogical or unfair about the Salem witch trials?

The witchcraft trials were unfair and corrupt. “Women who confessed to witchery were saved form the death penalty; those who claimed their innocence were marched to the gallows” (Salem, 83). Too many people were accused, let alone executed, as witches in 1692. The first trial was scheduled for June second, 1692.

What caused the Salem witch trials to end?

As 1692 passed into 1693, the hysteria began to lose steam. The governor of the colony, upon hearing that his own wife was accused of witchcraft ordered an end to the trials. However, 20 people and 2 dogs were executed for the crime of witchcraft in Salem.

What really happened during the Salem witch trials?

The Salem witch trials occurred in colonial Massachusetts between 16. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil’s magic—and 20 were executed. Tens of thousands of supposed witches—mostly women—were executed.

When was the last Salem witch trial?

Sept. 22, 1692

Who was the last person killed in the Salem witch trials?

Martha Cory

When was the last witch burned?

The last execution for witchcraft in England was in 1684, when Alice Molland was hanged in Exeter. James I’s statute was repealed in 1736 by George II. In Scotland, the church outlawed witchcraft in 1563 and 1,500 people were executed, the last, Janet Horne, in 1722.