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I live in the "Witch City" Salem, Massachusetts. I have been doing professional paranormal investigations since becoming a licensed ghost hunter, while living in New Orleans, back in 1999.

Now that I'm in Salem, I do a lot of my own personal night ghost hunts up at Gallow's Hill. This is where, back in 1692 they hung 19 innocent people as "witches". Many people associate the city with the Salem witch trials of 1692, which the city embraces both as a source of tourism and culture -- police cars are adorned with witch logos, a local public school is known as the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, the Salem High School football team is named The Witches, and Gallows Hill, a site of numerous public hangings, is currently used as a playing field for various sports.

The original witches hanging tree does not exist anymore, and the deep crevasse where they tossed the dead bodies of the poor wretches has closed in upon itself.

Apparently the Witch Hysteria was just a way to get even and settle old grudges with your enemies, get rid of competitors, take over someone's property and destroy political opponents.They even hung two dogs for giving people the "evil eye", crushed one old man to death under heavy stones, over a period of several days, and hung the other unfortunates from a tree, on the highest spot overlooking old Salem Towne.

Witch Ghost
Several years ago, under a full moon, I was able to capture this picture of a ghost walking by me, very closely. I did not see this with my eyes, only the camera picked it up. You can see the torso, legs and head and one arm starting to take shape.


Ectoplasm at Gallows Hill Park

gALLOW'S HILL GHOST. You can see the torso, legs and head and one arm starting to take shape.

According to many professional ghost hunters when a person dies a violent sudden death, they tend to stay "earthbound" for a very long time, sometimes centuries. I am going back tonight....wish me luck!


Why do ghosts linger? Why don’t they move on? Are all ghosts only here if they are hostile? Or are they here to protect loved ones? Do suicide and murder victims tend to stay “earthbound” more often than other spirits? What causes poltergeist activity? These are the questions we try to answer during our investigations. On our nightly ghost tours in Salem, Massachusetts, we’ll answer those questions, as well as explain paranormal theories regarding ghosts. You might even photograph spirits at various locations during this tour. (We have actually had tour guests experience ghosts touching them, pulling their hair, or sending them screaming into the night!) We also have a “Guest Ghost Gallery” of ghost photos taken by our guests during these tours. These are also posted on Official Web Site www.spellboundtours.com.

If you feel you have an unwelcome “guest” living in your home or place of business, call us at (978) 745 – 0138 and we’ll listen to your story, conduct an in-depth telephone interview and see if it warrants a follow-up investigation. No quack calls please! We take this very seriously, conduct our research scientifically and don’t like to have our valuable time wasted! Our clients are assured complete privacy and actual locations will be kept secret at the request of our clients.

Mollie Stewart

Is a licensed ghost hunter through the International Ghost Hunters Society, a member of the International Society of Paranormal Investigators, and the head of Paranormal Investigators of New England, which specializes in paranormal research and investigations and scientific documentation of such. Using EMF meters, infra-red non-contact thermometers, tape recorders and cameras, she has recorded ghost voices, (also called Electronic Voice Phenomena) and documented various ghosts in action! ).

Mollie travels to locations locally as well as nationally to conduct paranormal research and investigations. She has conducted investigations at haunted cemeteries, haunted houses, a haunted prison, haunted plantations.

Mollie Stewart: Since 1626, when Roger Conant arrived with the first settlers, Salem, Massachusetts has been attracting people from all points of the compass. Many who come to visit and some as myself have stayed and make Salem our home.


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www.spellboundtours.com Owned and operated by Mollie Stewart, who created Absolutely Fabulous! Tours in New Orleans. She has conducted Voodoo, Cemetery, Ghost & Vampire tours in New Orleans for over four years. Now she is offering the most unique tours in Salem! Our New Orleans tours have been featured in national publications including Arthur Frommer’s Travel Guide. Our tours are rated “Five Stars”!

Mollie Stewart, the "ghost lady of Salem", or her tours or her museum, have been featured on "Good Morning America", The Travel Channel, Showtime's "XY TV-New England", London's "Dead Famous" tv show, Australian Entertainment TV, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, , Where Magazine-Boston and dozens of other publications as well as paranormal talk radio shows across America.

Come join your knowledgeable tour guides, for a great afternoon or night tour. Experience Salem’s history as if it was happening to you! Folk history and fact, woven together with great storytelling, makes for an unforgettable adventure...
"Where Salem's history meets her spirit!"

Mollie Stewart is a certified parapsychologist, a licensed ghost hunter with the International Ghost Hunters Society and has written the chilling book "Ghosts Among Us" about her personal ghost investigations in New Orleans, Salem and Alcatraz Island. You can now order this book on-line! You can also order Mollie Stewarts' Video/DVD "Ghosts of Salem" on-line. This fascinating video features footage from Spellbound tours ghost tour, ghost hunting equipment, Gallows Hill and more.


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See rare, authentic and fascinating supernatural curious and oddities from around the world! We're Salem's most unusual and mysterious museum...catering to "savvy" travelers!

190 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-0138
Hours: October 1 through 31, Opens 10:00am

Visit Salem's only museum featuring authentic supernatural curios and oddities from around the world! See a rare Vampire Killing Kit, America's only "Ghost Gallery", Voodoo artifacts from Africa and New Orleans, the bizarre "Feejee Mermaid", chilling medical oddities, Voodoo and Day of the Dead altars. You can also purchase the book "Ghosts Among Us" by Mollie Stewart, at our museum. and much more. Don't miss Salem's most unusual and mysterious museum!

Join licensed ghost hunter and supernatural expert, Mollie Stewart, or her professionally trained ghost hunting investigators, for a nightly tour in search of the ghosts in Salem!

We offer Salem’s ONLY authentic supernatural and paranormal tours. Our tour guides are also members of “Paranormal Investigators of New England”, a private company that researches and documents haunted sites.

On our “Vampire & Ghost Hunt Tour” in Salem we visit documented haunted locations that we have personally investigated, successfully capturing ghost images on film. We visit a haunted graveyard, an old, extremely haunted jail and the jail keeper’s house. We will take you to the site of the original “witch dungeon” from 1692, where those accused of witchcraft were incarcerated. We’ll also go by the house where the mysterious “woman in black” has made appearances for decades. And if time allows, we’ll stop by a notorious murder site from the 1830’s. We cannot enter these buildings as most of them are closed at night or privately owned. You will however have plenty of ghost photo opportunities at each location.

We encourage our tour guests to bring cameras (loaded with 400-speed film) to take your own ghost photos during this tour. We have posted some of our guest ghost photos on our web site. Many people have had strange and terrifying encounters with ghosts on this tour, including fainting, crying, throwing cameras at ghosts, or even screaming and running off into the night! The only guarantee we can give you is that all of the places we visit on this tour are still haunted and they continue to have a lot of paranormal activity!!!

Part of this tour includes the origin of vampire folklore and legends, the historical character known as Dracula, the superstitions about vampires in early New England settlements and burial practices to prevent vampirism in New England. We’ll tell you about the real “Dracula”. We’ll also tell you about documented early New England vampire cases. Are there really modern vampires? What is a true vampire today? Who are these “creatures of the night”? What about “vampire crimes”? You’ll find out on our nightly “Vampire & Ghost Hunt Tour”!!!

Please join us... If you dare... on a real hunt for the ghosts of Salem!!!

Warning: People have fainted on this tour! (and we don't mean from boredom!)
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Ghostly Parlor

We invite you to visit our spirit-filled Victorian parlour. Watch in amazement, as we lift the veil between the physical and spirit worlds! Listen as world-renowned Ghost Hunter, Mollie Stewart, enthralls you with a ghost story, full of horror and mystification. Journey back in time, to a night that plunges two friends into a terrifying world of the sinister and supernatural. It will give you the shivers and shakes! You will wonder if you really are alone in the dark...See ghosts materialize before your very eyes! It's spine-chilling, hair-raising, flesh-crawling, unearthly fun!!!

This 25 minute show runs every hour on the hour beginning at noon daily. Additional show times are added in October. Please be in front of Spellbound's Ghostly Parlour about 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the show. Purchase tickets to our 8PM nightly "Vampire & Ghost Hunt Tour' at:

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Admission Price: Adults $10.00

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Laurie Cabot

Laurie Cabot is an American Wiccan high priestess, and was one of the first people to popularize Wicca in the United States. She is the author of such books as The Power of the Witch, and also founded the Cabot Tradition of the Science of Witchcraft and the Witches' League for Public Awareness. In the 1970s, Cabot was declared the "official witch of Salem, Massachusetts", by then-Governor Michael Dukakis, to honor her work with special needs children.

She continues to reside in Salem, where she owns a shop called The Cat, the Crow, and the Crown. Cabot claims to be related to the prominent Boston Brahmin Cabot family. She is perhaps the most high-profile self-proclaimed witch in Massachusetts. She is a part of Salem lore, and a bona-fide local celebrity in that city and throughout Boston's North Shore.

Laurie Cabot was born Mercedes Elizabeth Kearsey in 1933 in Weewoka, Oklahoma. She grew up in California and came back east to New England as a teenager. She maintains that her interest in the occult began in childhood. She developed this interest in Boston as she became a young woman haunting the halls of the Boston Public Library.  She married twice, with each marriage producing a daughter, Jody Cabot and Penny Cabot, respectively. She chose to raise her daughters as witches, and dressed her younger girl mainly in black when the two would be seen in public.

Laurie Cabot, known as the "Official Witch of Salem," is an ordained High Priestess descended from Celtic ancestry. Having practiced Witchcraft for over forty years, she founded the Cabot Tradition of the Science of Witchcraft and the Witches' League for Public Awareness (WLPA), an anti-defamation organization aimed at correcting the many misconceptions about Witchcraft. She is the author of Power of the Witch, Love Magic, Celebrate the Earth, and The Witch in Every Woman. Her books have been published in the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Brazil, and Russia. Laurie is a popular lecturer and teacher who has spoken on spiritual well-being and Celtic Witch mythology at Wellesley College, Salem State College, Rutgers College, and Interface, among others. Her frequent television and radio appearances, including Unsolved Mysteries, Oprah, and National Public Radio, have helped educate the public about the goodness of Witchcraft, our planet's oldest Nature religion. She lives and works in Salem, Massachusetts.

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Salem Massachusetts Summit of Gallows Hill

Story Compiled by Pauline Stuben


"Gallows Hill Park" From Highland Avenue coming from Lynn take a left on to Proctor Street (across from North Shore Children's Hospital) follow Proctor Street until you come to a stop sign. At the stop sign take a left and Gallows Hill Park is straight ahead. If you are going toward Lynn, Proctor Street would be on your right.

Salem Map

The events which led to the Witch Trials actually occurred in what is now the town of Danvers, then a parish of Salem Town, known as Salem Village. Launching the hysteria was the bizarre, seemingly inexplicable behavior of two young girls; the daughter, Betty, and the niece, Abigail Williams, of the Salem Village minister, Reverend Samuel Parris.

The Witches Secret Spells!

The seeds of the hysteria that afflicted Salem Village, Massachusetts were sown in January 1692 when a group of young girls began to display bizarre behavior. The tight-knit community was at a loss to explain the convulsive seizures, blasphemous screaming, and trance-like states that afflicted the youngsters. The physicians called in to examine the girls could find no natural cause of the disturbing behavior. This of course was not attributable to a physical malady, the community reasoned that it must be the work of Satan. Witches had invaded Salem.

In February 1692 the village of Salem began praying and fasting in order to rid itself of the devil's and his influence. The girls were pressured to reveal who in the community controlled their behavior. Three women were identified and examined. One, Tituba (a slave), confessed to seeing the devil who appeared to her "sometimes like a hog and sometimes like a great dog." Even more troubling, Tituba confessed that a conspiracy of witches permeated Salem Village in every nook and krany..


Tituba was an Indian woman, not (as commonly believed) a Negro slave. She was originally from an Arawak village in South America, where she was captured as a child, taken to Barbados as a captive, and sold into slavery. It was in Barbados that her life first became entangled with that of Reverend Samuel Parris. She was likely between the age of 12 and 17 when she came into the Parris household. She was most likely purchased by Parris from one of his business associates, or given to settle a debt. Parris, at the time, was an unmarried merchant, leading to speculation that Tituba may have served as his concubine.

Tituba Witch of Salem.

Caption: "Tituba and the Children."

Description: Scene showing Tituba performing acts of sorcery acts for Betty Parris, Abigrail Williams, and other children in the kitchen of the Rev. Samuel Parris household.

Source: A Popular History of the United States. Vol. 2. By William Cullen Bryant, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1878, p. 457. Artist A. Fredericks

Tituba helped maintain the Parris household on a day-to-day basis. When Parris moved to Boston in 1680, Tituba and another Indian slave named John accompanied him. Tituba and John were married in 1689 about the time the Parris family moved to Salem. It is believed that Tituba had only one child, a daughter named Violet, who would remain in Parris's household until his death.

"I am Tituba the Witch."

Caption: "I am Tituba the Witch."

Description: Scene in Longfellow's play "Giles Corey of Salem Farms" showing Rev. Cotton Mather encountering Tituba in the woods, as Mather travels to Salem Village to investigate the witchcraft accusations.

Source: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Giles Corey of Salem Farms," in The Poetical Works of Longfellow. Houghton Mifflin Boston, 1902. Artist John W. Ehninger, 1880, p. 723.

Tituba made herself a likely target for witchcraft accusations when shortly after Parris's daughter, Betty, began having strange fits and symptoms, she participated in the preparation of a "witchcake" (a mixture of rye and Betty's urine, cooked and fed to a dog, in the belief that the dog would then reveal the identity of Betty's afflictor). Parris was enraged when he found out about the cake, and shortly thereafter the afflicted girls named Tituba as a witch. Parris beat her until she confessed.

Tituba was the first witch to confess in Salem, and she likely did it to avoid further punishment. In her confession she apologized for hurting Betty, claimed she never wanted to hurt Betty, and professed her love for the child. She also wove a lively tale of an active community of witches in Salem. She named Sarah Good and Sarah Osborne as witches. By confessing early on, Tituba avoided the ordeal of going to trial, joining with the afflicted girls in providing key evidence against accused witches. Her husband, John, would also fall into fits, and become afflicted.


Tituba, what evil spirit have you familiarity with?—None.

"Why do you hurt these children?—I do not hurt them.

"Who is it then?—The Devil, for aught I know.

"Did you never see the Devil?—The Devil came to me, and bid me serve him.

"Who have you seen?—Four women sometimes hurt the children.

"Who were they?—Goody Osburn and Sarah Good, and I do not know who the others were. Sarah Good and Osburn would have me hurt the children, but I would not.

"(She further saith there was a tall man of Boston that she did see.)

"When did you see them?—Last night, at Boston.

"What did they say to you?—They said, 'Hurt the children.'

"And did you hurt them?—No: there is four women and one man, they hurt the children, and then they lay all upon me; and they tell me, if I will not hurt the children, they will hurt me.[ii.24]
"But did you not hurt them?—Yes; but I will hurt them no more.

"Are you not sorry that you did hurt them?—Yes.

"And why, then, do you hurt them?—They say, 'Hurt children, or we will do worse to you.'

"What have you seen?—A man come to me, and say, 'Serve me.'

"What service?—Hurt the children: and last night there was an appearance that said, 'Kill the children;' and, if I would not go on hurting the children, they would do worse to me.

"What is this appearance you see?—Sometimes it is like a hog, and sometimes like a great dog.

"(This appearance she saith she did see four times.)

"What did it say to you?—The black dog said, 'Serve me;' but I said, 'I am afraid.' He said, if I did not, he would do worse to me.

"What did you say to it?—I will serve you no longer. Then he said he would hurt me; and then he looks like a man, and threatens to hurt me. (She said that this man had a yellow-bird that kept with him.) And he told me he had more pretty things that he would give me, if I would serve him.

"What were these pretty things?—He did not show me them.

"What else have you seen?—Two cats; a red cat, and a black cat.

"What did they say to you?—They said, 'Serve me.'

"When did you see them?—Last night; and they said, 'Serve me;' but I said I would not.

"What service?—She said, hurt the children.[ii.25]
"Did you not pinch Elizabeth Hubbard this morning?—The man brought her to me, and made pinch her.

"Why did you go to Thomas Putnam's last night, and hurt his child?—They pull and haul me, and make go.

"And what would they have you do?—Kill her with a knife.

"(Lieutenant Fuller and others said at this time, when the child saw these persons, and was tormented by them, that she did complain of a knife,—that they would have her cut her head off with a knife.)

"How did you go?—We ride upon sticks, and are there presently.

"Do you go through the trees or over them?—We see nothing, but are there presently.

"Why did you not tell your master?—I was afraid: they said they would cut off my head if I told.

"Would you not have hurt others, if you could?—They said they would hurt others, but they could not.

"What attendants hath Sarah Good?—A yellow-bird, and she would have given me one.

"What meat did she give it?—It did suck her between her fingers.

"Did you not hurt Mr. Curren's child?—Goody Good and Goody Osburn told that they did hurt Mr. Curren's child, and would have had me hurt him too; but I did not.

"What hath Sarah Osburn?—Yesterday she had a thing with a head like a woman, with two legs and wings.

"(Abigail Williams, that lives with her uncle Mr. Parris, said that she did see the same creature, and it turned into the shape of Goodie Osburn.)

"What else have you seen with Osburn?—Another thing, hairy: it goes upright like a man, it hath only two legs.[ii.26]
"Did you not see Sarah Good upon Elizabeth Hubbard, last Saturday?—I did see her set a wolf upon her to afflict her.

"(The persons with this maid did say that she did complain of a wolf. She further said that she saw a cat with Good at another time.)

"What clothes doth the man go in?—He goes in black clothes; a tall man, with white hair, I think.

"How doth the woman go?—In a white hood, and a black hood with a top-knot.

"Do you see who it is that torments these children now?—Yes: it is Goody Good; she hurts them in her own shape.

"Who is it that hurts them now?—I am blind now: I cannot see.

"Written by Ezekiel Cheever


When public sentiment towards the accusers and the trials began to change, Tituba recanted her confession. This further enraged Parris, who in retaliation, refused to pay the jailer's fee to get Tituba out a prison. As a result, she spent thirteen months in jail until an unknown person paid the seven pounds for her release and bought her. It is likely that the same person bought her husband, John, because Puritans were not inclined to split up married couples, even slaves. It is unknown what happened to her after she began her life with her new owner.


In March the afflicted girls accused Martha Corey. The three women previously denounced as colluding with the devil were marginal to the community. Martha Corey was different; she was an upstanding member of the Puritan congregation - her revelation as a witch demonstrated that Satan's influence reached to the very core of the community. Events snowballed as the accusatory atmosphere intensified and reached a fever pitch. During the period from March into the fall many were charged, examined, tried and condemned to death.

Hanged Witches in Salem.


The hangings started in June with the death of Bridget Bishop and continued through September. As winter approached, the hysteria played itself out as criticism of the procedures grew. In October, the colonial governor dissolved the local Court of inquiry. The convictions and condemnations for witchery stopped. Nineteen victims of the witch-hunt had been hanged, one crushed to death under the weight of stones and at least four died in prison awaiting trial.

The Salem witchcraft authority, Charles W. Upham, chose this hill as the probable site of the hangings of the nineteen condemned witches in 1692. Executions for witchcraft occurred here on Gallows Hill June 10, July 19, August 19, and September 22. After the September hangings, the Reverend Nicholas Noyes, turning to the eight bodies hanging from the tree, remarked,

"What a sad thing it is to see Eight Firebrands of Hell hanging there."

The county seat of Essex, Salem was the scene of the witchcraft trials in 1692. Those condemned were hanged on Gallows Hill. Giles Corey, who refused to stand trial, was pressed to death in a Salem field.

Mary Parker Hanged as a witch Septenber 22, 1692.

In 1692, the Salem jail stood on St. Peter Street (then called "Prison Lane") near its intersection with Federal Street. The traditional route taken by the condemned from the jail to Gallows Hill was through St. Peter Street, down Essex Street, and then through Boston Street to the point of its present intersection with Aborn Street, and from there to the summit of Gallows Hill. This roundabout path permitted the least precipitous approach to the brow of the hill.

Some authoities now believe that the actual site of the executions lies on a lower hill nearer the town. The great height and rugged terrain of this hill would have precluded transporting the condemned to this site in a cart, which is known to have occurred.


Gallows Hill, The June 10, 1692 hanging of  suspected witch Bridget Bishop

The June 10, 1692 hanging of Bridget Bishop

By the time the hysteria had spent itself, 24 people had died. Nineteen were hanged on Gallows Hill in Salem Town, but some died in prison. Giles Corey at first pleaded not guilty to charges of witchcraft, but subsequently refused to stand trial. This refusal meant he could not be convicted legally. However, his examiners chose to subject him to interrogation by the placing of stone weights on his body. He survived this brutal torture for two days before dying.

Head stone marker. Giles Corey at first pleaded not guilty to charges of witchcraft, but subsequently refused to stand trial. This refusal meant he could not be convicted legally. However, his examiners chose to subject him to interrogation by the placing of stone weights on his body. He survived this brutal torture for two days before dying

It is remarkable 552 original documents pertaining to the witchcraft trials have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.

Eerie memorabilia associated with the trials, such as the "Witch Pins" used in the examination of witches and a small bottle supposed to contain the finger bones of the victim George Jacobs can be found there as well.

Native Americans called the area "Naumkeag," meaning "eel land." Salem was founded at the mouth of the Naumkeag River in 1626 by a company of fishermen from Cape Ann led by Roger Conant, and incorporated in 1629. The name "Salem" is related to the Hebrew word "shalom" and Arabic word "salam," both meaning "peace." Conant was later supplanted by John Endicott, the governor assigned by the Massachusetts Bay Company. Salem originally included much of the North Shore, including Marblehead, set off in 1649. Most of the accused in the Salem Witch Trials lived in nearby "Salem Village," now Danvers. "Salem Village" also included Peabody and parts of present-day Beverly. Middleton, Topsfield, Wenham and Manchester-by-the-Sea, too, were once parts of Salem.

On February 26, 1775, patriots raised the drawbridge at the North River, preventing British Colonel Alexander Leslie and his troops from seizing stores and ammunition hidden in North Salem. During the Revolution, the town became a center for privateering. By 1790, Salem was the sixth largest city in the country, and a world famous seaport -- particularly in the China trade. Codfish was exported to the West Indies and Europe. Sugar and molasses were imported from the West Indies, tea from China, and pepper from Sumatra. Salem ships also visited Africa, Russia, Japan and Australia. During the War of 1812, privateering resumed.

Salem Harbor in 1907Prosperity would leave the city with a wealth of fine architecture, including Federal style mansions designed by Samuel McIntire, for whom the city's largest historic district is named. Incorporated a city in 1836, Salem adopted a city seal in 1839 with the motto "Divitis Indiae usque ad ultimum sinum" -- "To the farthest port of the rich East." Nathaniel Hawthorne was overseer of the port from 1846 until 1849. He worked in the Customs House near Pickering Wharf, his setting for the beginning of The Scarlet Letter. In 1858, Salem Willows Park was established, an amusement park on land jutting into the harbor.

But shipping would decline through the 19th century. Salem and its silting harbor were increasingly eclipsed by Boston and New York. Consequently, the city turned to manufacturing. Industries included tanneries, shoe factories and the Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company. Large parts of the mill town were destroyed in the Great Salem Fire of 1914, which began in the Korn Leather Factory. More than 400 homes burned, leaving 3,500 families homeless. But much of Salem's architectural legacy survived, helping it develop as a center for tourism.

With the exception of Giles Corey, who was pressed to death, the following accused wicthes were hanged:

Nineteen accused witches were hanged on Gallows Hill in 1692:

June 10
Bridget Bishop

July 19
Rebecca Nurse
Sarah Good
Susannah Martin
Elizabeth Howe
Sarah Wildes
August 19
George Burroughs
Martha Carrier
John Willard
George Jacobs, Sr.
John Proctor

September 22
Martha Corey
Mary Eastey
Ann Pudeator
Alice Parker
Mary Parker
Wilmott Redd
Margaret Scott
Samuel Wardwell

One accused witch (or wizard, as male witches were often called) was pressed to death on September 19 when he failed to plead guilty or not guilty:

Giles Corey

Other accused witches died in prison:

Sarah Osborn
Roger Toothaker
Lyndia Dustin
Ann Foster
(As many as thirteen** others may have died in prison.)
**sources conflict as to the exact number of prison deaths

Jurors and magistrates apologized; restitution was made to the victims' families and a Day of Fasting and Remembrance was instituted. Little is known of the lives of the afflicted girls. Tituba is believed to have been sold and taken out of the Salem Village area. The 300th anniversary of the trials served as an opportunity to bring a sense of reconciliation and an appreciation of the lessons of that time.



Caption: "Examination of a Witch" Thompkins H. Matteson, 1853.
Description: Generally supposed to represent an event in the Salem witch trials, an earlier version of this painting was exhibited by the artist in New York in 1848 with a quotation from John Greenleaf Whittier's book Supernaturalism of New England, 1847: "Mary Fisher, a young girl, was seized upon by Deputy Governor Bellingham in the absence of Governor Endicott, and shamefully stripped for the purpose of ascertaining whether she was a witch, with the Devil's mark upon her." See, "A Study of the Life and Work of the Nineteenth Century Artist Tompkins Harrison Matteson (1813-1884), by Harriet Hocter Groeschel, M.A. thesis, Syracuse University, 1985, pp. 37-38.
Source: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA


1. It pleased God, for the clearer discovery of those mysteries of the kingdom of darkness, so to dispose, that several persons, men, women, and children, did confess their hellish deeds, as followeth:—

2. They confessed against themselves that they were witches, told how long they had been so, and how it came about that the Devil appeared to them; viz., sometimes upon discontent at their mean condition in the world, sometimes about fine clothes, sometimes for the gratifying other carnal and sensual lusts. Satan then, upon his appearing to them, made them fair (though false) promises, that, if they would yield to him, and sign his book, their desires should be answered to the uttermost, whereupon they signed it; and thus the accursed confederacy was confirmed betwixt them and the Prince of Darkness.

3. Some did affirm that there were some hundreds of the society of witches, considerable companies of whom were affirmed to muster in arms by beat of drum. In time of examinations and trials, they declared that such a man was wont to call them together from all quarters to witch-meetings with the sound of a diabolical trumpet.

4. Being brought to see the prisoners at the bar upon their trials, they did affirm in open court (I was then present), that they had oftentimes seen[ii.536] them at witch-meetings, where was feasting, dancing, and jollity, as also at Devil-sacraments; and particularly that they saw such a man —— amongst the rest of the cursed crew, and affirmed that he did administer the sacrament of Satan to them, encouraging them to go on in their way, and they should certainly prevail. They said also that such a woman —— was a deacon, and served in distributing the diabolical elements: they affirmed that there were great numbers of the witches.

5. They affirmed that many of those wretched souls had been baptized at Newbury Falls, and at several other rivers and ponds; and, as to the manner of administration, the great Officer of Hell took them up by the body, and, putting their heads into the water, said over them, "Thou art mine, I have full power over thee:" and thereupon they engaged and covenanted to renounce God, Christ, their sacred baptism, and the whole way of Gospel salvation, and to use their utmost endeavors to oppose the kingdom of Christ, and to set up and advance the kingdom of Satan.

6. Some, after they had confessed, were very penitent, and did wring their hands, and manifest a distressing sense of what they had done, and were by the mercies of God recovered out of those snares of the kingdom of darkness.

7. Several have confessed against their own mothers, that they were instruments to bring them into the Devil's covenant, to the undoing of them, body and soul; and some girls of eight or nine years of age did declare, that, after they were so betrayed by their mothers to the power of Satan, they saw the Devil go in their own shapes to afflict others.

8. Some of those that confessed were immediately afflicted at a dreadful rate, after the same manner with the other sufferers.

9. Some of them confessed, that they did afflict the sufferers according to the time and manner they were accused thereof; and, being asked what they did to afflict them, some said that they pricked pins into poppets made with rags, wax, and other materials: one that confessed after the signing the death-warrant said she used to afflict them by clutching and pinching her hands together, and wishing in what part and after what manner she would have them afflicted, and it was done.

10. They confessed the design was laid by this witchcraft to root out the interest of Christ in New England, and that they began at the Village in order to settling the kingdom of darkness and the powers thereof; declaring that such a man —— was to be head conjurer, and for his activity in that affair was to be crowned king of hell, and that such a woman —— was to be queen of hell.

Thus I have given my reader a brief and true account of those fearful and amazing operations and intrigues of the Prince of Darkness: and I must call them so; for, let some persons be as incredulous as they please about the powerful and malicious influence of evil angels upon the minds and bodies of mankind, sure I am none that observed those things above mentioned could refer them to any other head than the sovereign permission of the holy God,[ii.537] and the malicious operations of his and our implacable enemy. I have here related nothing more than what was acknowledged to be true by the judges that sat on the bench, and other credible persons there, which I have without prejudice or partiality represented.

I therefore close all with my uncessant prayers, that the great and everlasting Jehovah would, for the sake of his blessed Son, our most glorious intercessor, rebuke Satan, and so vanquish him, from time to time, that his power may be more and more every day suppressed, his kingdom destroyed; and that all his malicious and accursed instruments in those spiritual wickednesses may gnash their teeth, melt away, and be ashamed in their secret places, till they come to be judged and condemned unto the place of everlasting burnings prepared for the Devil and his angels, that they may there be tormented with him for ever and ever.

With an Account of Salem Village
and A History of Opinions on
Witchcraft and Kindred Subjects




Salem Bewitched

Tourists know Salem as a mix of important historical sites, New Age and Wiccan boutiques, and kitschy Halloween-witch-themed attractions. Controversy arose in 2005 when TV Land—a cable television network featuring old sitcom re-runs—erected a bronze statue of Elizabeth Montgomery, who played the comic witch "Samantha" in the 1960s series Bewitched. A few special episodes of the series were actually filmed in Salem, and TV Land said that the statue commemorated the 35th anniversary of those episodes.

Bewitched Statue - On Wednesday, June 15, 2005, the folks from the nostalgia cable channel TV Land unveiled a sculpture of the nose-twitching witch, Samantha Stephens from the sitcom BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72. Located in Lappin Park at the corner of Washington and Essex Streets in the heart of downtown Salem, the 9-foot tall, 3,000 pound statue features the bronze likeness of actress Elizabeth Montgomery (died of cancer in 1995) sitting sidesaddle on a broomstick in front of a crescent moon as her skirt flutters behind in a breeze.


Larry W. Jones, president of TV Land, the cable television network said, "'Bewitched' is a timeless series...Today, we're here to honor a character, an actress, and a show that remains close to our hearts."

Among the 1500 in attendance at the ceremony were the show's director William Asher, who was married to Montgomery, and actors from the original series, including Bernard Fox (who played Dr. Bombay), Kasey Rogers (Louise Tate), and Erin Murphy (Tabitha Stephens). Some fans in the crowd wore pointy witch hats and T-shirts with the show's logo.

Not everyone in attendance was "enchanted" when the TV Land executives unveiled the statue of Samantha the Witch amid a puff of smoke. Some felt the timing of the TV LAND statue was just a crass promotional gimmick to coincide with the June 24th release of the movie remake Bewitched (2005) starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Other critics felt that the erection of the statue in Salem, Massachusetts trivializes the tragic murder of 20 people who were put to death in 1692 after they were falsely accused of witchcraft. Some in the crowd carried signs and banners reading "Tragedy is not a Joking Subject" "Is There no limit to this schlock?", "Shame" and "Elizabeth Who?

Mayor Stanley J. Usovicz Jr. accepted the statue on behalf of Salem. ''We do, in fact, have a great and rich history," Usovicz said. ''And there is more than enough room for contemporary art in modern culture."

The life-sized 'Bewitched' statue was created by Studio EIS, a three-dimensional design and sculpture studio in New York founded by brothers Ivan and Elliot Schwartz. The same studio also created 'The Andy Griffith Show' statue which was unveiled in Raleigh, NC in October 2003 and the statue commemorating Bob Newhart's role as Dr. Robert Hartley on 'The Bob Newhart Show' in July 2004.

On the original BEWITCHED series (set in Westport, Connecticut), Samantha Stephens married a mortal named Darrin Stephens and promised to love, honor and "try" to keep her witch powers in check so she could lead a "normal" life. As much as Sam tried, there were times when she just needed to fall back on her witchcraft to get her husband or herself out of trouble. As Sam would say "Witchcraft got me into this mess, I see no reason why witchcraft can't get me out of it."

Many felt the statue was good fun and appropriate to a city that promotes itself as "The Witch City," and contains a street named "Witch Way." Others objected to the use of public property for what was transparently commercial promotion. Some felt that the statue trivialized history by encouraging visitors to recall a sitcom rather than the tragic Salem witch trials. Local historian John Carr was quoted in Time Magazine as saying "it's like TV Land going to Auschwitz and proposing to erect a statue of Colonel Klink."

Bewitched Fisherman - This famous Gloucester, Massachusetts statue was the focus of an episode on the sitcom BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72. While Samantha the witch visited the New England area to attend a Witches Convention in historic Salem, her husband Darrin Stephens (Dick Sargent) was enchanted by his mischievous cousin-in-law Serena the witch (Elizabeth Montgomery in a dual role) who turned him into the likeness of a local monument called The Fisherman Statue (official title "The Man at the Wheel"). While Darrin took the place of the statue, Serena gallivanted around town with the reincarnated image of the Fisherman Statue. For the role, Dick Sargent was dressed in a fisherman's raincoat and hat and then sprayed all over with a rusty green color to simulate the weather worn statue.

The real statue upon which the episode was based stands at Stacey Boulevard in the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts. It was created by Leonard Craske in 1923 for a dedication ceremony honoring the town's 300th anniversary. The inscription on the statue reads: "They That Go Down To The Sea in Ships."

The real statue upon which the episode was based stands at Stacey Boulevard in the town of Gloucester, Massachusetts. It was created by Leonard Craske in 1923 for a dedication ceremony honoring the town's 300th anniversary. The inscription on the statue reads: "They That Go Down To The Sea in Ships."

The reason why the cast of BEWITCHED traveled to New England was because their Hollywood stage burned down in April 1970. While they rebuilt the show's filming stage the production cast hit the road filming episodes No. 202 "Salem, Here We Come." (aired 10-1-70); No. 203 "The Salem Saga" (aired 10-8-70); No. 204 "Samantha's Hot Bed Warmer" (aired 10-15-70); and the Fisherman's statue episode "No. 205 "Darrin on a Pedestal" (aired 10-22-70).



Salem, Massachusetts Museums & Attractions: Heritage, History & Culture

Eerie Legends of Salem
Hear Testimony of John Westgate who claims that a giant black pig tried to devour him and his dog. Meet the Dogtown Witch of Gloucester, who had the power to change into another form. Listen to tales of ghosts that haunt the City of Salem, trying to contact the living. Based on actual testimony and events!

Legends of Salem
"Legends" at the Griffen Theatre offers a live, interactive, multi-media presentation that takes you back in time to Salem's greatest moments. Find out about Indians and Puritan life, delve deeper into the Witchcraft Hysteria, witness the Great Salem Fire, and discover Salem's shipping industry. Our sixty seat theatre bring you right up close to an exciting past!!

Open daily, May through October 10:30am to 5:00pm
Cost: $7.00 adults, Children $5.00
Extended hours in October
7 Lynde Street

The House of the Seven Gables
New England's oldest standing mansion, made famous in fiction by writer Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Spectacular seaside gardens, museum store, garden café.
54 Turner Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-0991; Fax (978) 741-4350; TTY (978) 745-5391

Peabody Essex Museum
Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world, including collections of American art & architecture, Asia, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime, and Photography collections.
East India Square Salem, MA 01970
(866) 745-1876 or (978) 745-9500; Fax (978) 740-3622

North Shore Music Theatre
Award-winning non-profit, professional theatre. Over 400,000 patrons annually. Yr-round season: musicals, new works, celebrity concerts, Shakespeare, children's programming and the largest arts education and outreach program in New England.
Route 128/Exit 19. 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.
(978) 745-0525

Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Orientation center at the Derby Street waterfront features the free film, "To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East." Tours of the Custom House, Narbonne House, Derby House and the merchant ship
193 Derby Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 740-1660; Fax (978) 740-1665

Salem State College Center for the Arts
The Center provides diverse, high quality and affordable cultural events in Theatre, Dance, Music, Art and Creative Writing for all members of the college community and the Greater North Shore community.
352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA
(978) 542-6999

Salem Willows Park
Discover family fun at its best! This Oceanside Park features amusements, kiddie rides, restaurants, picnic grounds, pier, beaches and wonderful scenic ocean views. 5 minutes from downtown Salem; FREE PARKING AND ADMISSION.
Open: April-Oct, Mon-Sat: 10am-11pm, and Sun: 11am-11pm
352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA
(978) 745-0251

Spirited Ventures Inc.
Makers of Cryptique®, a Spirit Board from Salem, Massachusetts, based on local historic cemeteries. Is it only a game?
P.O. Box 4524, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 979-1969; Fax (978) 741-8596

Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust
The only Federal Mansion on Chestnut Street that is open to the public!
Featuring authentic family collection of furniture, export porcelain, rare carpets, antique cars and more.
34 Chestnut Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-0440; Fax (978) 740-1086

email info@phillipsmuseum.org

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie
America's oldest candy companie!
Since 1806. Home of the famous Gibralter and Black Jacks.
Glass encased kitchen, antique machinery & candy molds on display.
122 Derby Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-2744, Fax (978) 745-2744

Museums & Attractions: Salem Witch Trials of 1692

Cry Innocent/History Alive
Critically-acclaimed live reenactment of the witchcraft examination of Bridget Bishop. The year is 1692: you are the Puritan grand jury! Hear the actual testimony! Cross-examine the witness! Decide the verdict! The longest continually-running show north of Boston. Featured on Nickelodeon, Discovery, A&E, MTV, CNN, BBC, NPR & TLC! Cost: $8 for adults (13 – 56), $7 students, seniors. Children under 6 free. Allow 1 hour each event. Open summer: Fri-Tues, 11:30, 1:30 & 3:00. (No 11:30 on Sun); Open Sept/Early Nov: Sat-Sun, 1:30 & 3:00; Open Oct: 1st Sat through Halloween, multiple shows most days.
Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA
(978) 867-4747

The Salem Witch Museum
The Salem Witch Museum presents one of the most tragic and emotional events in American history: The Witch Hysteria of 1692.
Washington Square Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-1692; fax: (978) 745-4414

email: facts@salemwitchmuseum.com

Witch Dungeon
Award-winning reenactment of the trail of beggar-woman Sarah Good, a guided tour of the dungeon and recreated village and Gallows Hill from Salem in 1692.
16 Lynde Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 741-3570; Fax (978) 741-1139

Witch History Museum
The stories of 1692 are told through a historically accurate live presentation and tour, where you will walk through the forest and Old Salem Village.
197-201 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 741-7770; Fax (978) 741-1139

The Witch House
Visit the home of Salem Witch Trial Judge Jonathon Corwin!
The Witch House is the only home still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witch Trials of 1692.
Open March - November.
310 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-0180; Fax (978) 740-9299

Museums & Attractions: Family Fun

The North Shore Children’s Museum
A place for children and their parents to create, play and learn in a hands-on, educational environment. Open year-round, daily 9am – 5pm. $6. Group rates available.
209R Essex Street, Salem, MA
(978) 741-1811

Dracula’s Castle
Travel through eerie chambers filled with Dracula's creatures of the night waiting to make you their next meal. Group tours available.
90 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA
(978) 745-4777 or 1-8-666-SCREAM

The Fright Pass
Museum of Myths & Monsters & Salem's Witch Mansion If we don't scare you...you're already dead! Group Tours available. Located on historic Pickering Wharf.
59 Wharf Street, Salem, MA
978-745-7283; Fax (978) 745-8383

Moby Duck Amphibious Sightseeing
Your land and sea tour is completely narrated by our specially trained "History Alive" guides. This amphibious ride has sightseeing on land, a thrilling "splash" as we drive into the ocean and a tranquil tour of our nearly 400-year-old harbor. It's fun for the whole family. It's a bus! It's a boat! It's a whale of a ride! It's the one and only "Moby Duck!" Get tickets at the National Park Visitor Center. Seasonal, May-October.
New Liberty Street, Salem, MA
(978) 281-3825


New England Pirate Museum
A historical adventure for young and old!
See recreated Salem docks in 1692, a full-length pirate ship and an 80-foot cave.
274 Derby street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 741-2800; Fax (978) 741-2902

Spellbound Museum
See rare, authentic and fascinating supernatural curious and oddities from around the world! We're Salem's most unusual and mysterious museum...catering to "savvy" travelers!
190 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-0138
Hours: October 1 through 31, Opens 10:00am

Protection from Ghost Devils, Witches and all that is evil!

Pentacle Of Protection

The Pentacle or the Pentagram is a 5 pointed star, often, but not always, encircled with the circle of Unity. It represents the domination of Spirit or Divine Will over base matter, and the elements of Spirit, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. The pentacle has been a symbol of protection and spiritual growth for millennia. At its points are the stages of Life: birth, initiation, consummation, repose, and death, with the circle bringing us back to birth in the cycle of reincarnation. Representing the element of Earth in the Tarot, the pentacle is also associated with prosperity and abundance and groundedness. The pentacle is often confused with the pentagram. The pentagram is the mathematical design itself, while a the pentacle is an object in the shape of a pentagram. The paten is a dish for holding cakes and other offerings or for charging material items and often has a pentacle or pentagram inscribed upon it.

Salem Walking Tours

Derby Square Tours
Eerie Tales of Salem specters, including Crayon Boy, the Sheriff and the Phantom Fisherman, and a famous murder highlight this spooky 80 minute tour.
Meets nightly July 1-August 31 (except July 19).
86 Federal St. Salem MA 01970
(978) 745-6314

Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour
Salem's first and finest ghostly tour provides eerie lantern-lit strolls featuring professional guides, factual material, 'spirited' storytelling and bewitching entertainment.
175 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-0666

Hocus Pocus Evening Walking Tours
Beyond the myth, magic and legend, lies a simply scary truth. Uncover it, on this sunset stroll through Salem’s quaint streets. Discover intriguing people, extraordinary places and peculiar events from colonial times to present day. Experience Salem’s Dark Shadows on this powerful historically accurate tour.
"Wonderful, exciting, a walk into the past!" MA

"I have been on many tours, but this was the best!" PA

"One word to describe our tour…Fantastic!" NY

Come resurrect Salem's neglected historic past. Reservations Recommended
Museum Place Mall: 781.248.2031

Salem Strolls
Join your experienced guide for two daytime tours showing the colorful history of Salem through the architecture of five centuries. Both tours begin in the downtown and walk the old streets, showing this most remarkable collection of residences, public buildings, and churches. Our regular tour schedule, for which reservations are NOT required, is shown on our website, and private tours can be arranged.

E-mail: tours@salemstrolls.com

Salem Trolley
A fun, fascinating one-hour narrated historic tour of Salem. The Trolley runs from 10am to 5pm and tickets are good all day until 5. Daily April - October.
8 Central Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-5469; Fax: (978) 745-7715

Salem Witch Village Ghostly Tour
282R Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 740-9229

Spellbound Tours
Join Salem's leading ghost hunter Mollie Stewart or her paranormal guides for a nightly search for the living dead! Visit sites where restless spirits still wander. Tours leave from the Visitor Center on New Liberty St.
PMB 286, 203 Washington Street Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-0138

This is the ORIGINAL tour created by Spellbound Tours in 2000!

Join supernatural expert Mollie Stewart, for an in-depth look at the tragic events that led to the Witchcraft Trials of Salem, in 1692. Find out what role Voodoo played in the hysteria that allowed 20 innocent victims to be executed. You’ll learn what Voodoo really is and where it is practiced today. These people were falsely accused of practicing witchcraft and “cavorting with Satan”, either by their neighbors or own family members! These accusations became so rampant that eventually over 150 people would be jailed in Salem, under conditions so terrible, that some of them died, before they were to be hung! Did you know that you had to pay for your own food and incarceration? Or that when you were accused of witchcraft, all your property and possessions were seized by the sheriff? You'll discover the use of "poppets" by witches and doll sorcery used in rituals today.

You’ll hear the poignant stories of many of these victims at the Witch Trials Memorial that was dedicated to them in August of 1992, as we walk past each memorial. You’ll hear their last, heroic statements before meeting their dark fates on Gallows Hill…and how the crowd was so moved by the final prayer of one victim, that they almost stopped his execution!

We’ll also visit the Old Burying Point Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Massachusetts, the site of the true "Witch Dungeon", and where Giles Corey was pressed to death. We’ll look at gravestone artwork and the symbolism of gravestone engravings. You’ll discover the eloquent epitaphs for the dead. You will also learn the offensive “burial” practices for those hung as witches.

Was the witchcraft hysteria a conspiracy born of greed, envy, jealousy and petty squabbles among neighbors? Or was it really the “Devil come to Salem”? Come on this tour and find out the truth!!!

- - This is a daytime tour only - -
$13 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors

**Tickets are required!
Purchase tickets at the Spellbound Museum
190 Essex Street
*After October this is a private tour only, you must have a minimum of 5 adults to book this tour*!

Order Tickets Online - Click Here


(978) 745 – 0138 (in Salem, Massachusetts)
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