Witch http://nhpr.org en The Real Salem Witches http://nhpr.org/post/real-salem-witches <p>Visitors to Salem, Massachusetts, have a <a href="http://www.hauntedhappenings.org/">surfeit of choices</a> in Halloween season. They can take a “Tales and Tombstones Trolley Tour,” attend the Zombie Prom, Voodoo Ball, or a performance of “Dracula’s Guest.”</p><p>The <em>real </em>terror that coursed through the Massachusetts Bay colony from 1692 to ’93 was not the stuff of a night out with the family. More than two hundred people were accused of witchcraft by their neighbors. Nineteen were hanged. Another was pressed to death. Five women died in prison. &nbsp;Historian <strong>Marilynne<strong> </strong>Roach </strong>examines the lives of individuals swept up in the trials through surviving documents, invoices, and objects. Her new book is called S<em>ix Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials.</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:35:59 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37722 at http://nhpr.org The Real Salem Witches