In January of 1692, a strange illness seized control of five young girls. The girls were believed to be possessed. Clergy, politicians, and other community members tried to answer this question, and their answers sent the region into hysteria. The Salem Witch Trials are one of the most iconic events in United States history and remain continue to remain relevant more than 300 years later. However, the events surrounding the trials and the motivations of the participants remain habitually misunderstood.
In this three part series, archivist and historian Mickey DiCamillo unravels the events of 1692 with help from archival documents from the period.