The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraftMen and women in Salem believed that all the misfortunes could be attributed to the work of the devil; when events such as infant death, crop failures, or social friction among the congregation occurred, the supernatural was blamed. Because of the unusually wide scope of witchcraft accusations in the colony, scholars have explored various aspects of the historical context of this episode to determine its specific contributing colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. The trials resulted in theexecutions of twenty people, most of them women.  The most infamous trials were conducted by the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1692 in Salem Town.  

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