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 were 3 factors that led to the end of the witch trials?
The factors which led to a halt in witch-trials included new social or political phenomena, legislations, a new way of thinking, etc. However, the factors also included “the absence of whatever it was that had started them in the first place” (5).
What happened to Salem after the witch trials?
After the prisoners awaiting trial on charges of practicing witchcraft were granted amnesty (pardoned) in 1693, the accusers and judges showed hardly any remorse for executing twenty people and causing others to languish in jails.
When was the last witch burned?
The last execution for witchcraft in England was in 1684, when Alice Molland was hanged in Exeter.
Why were the Salem witch trials unfair?
The Salem Witch Trials a way to suppress people from exposing the truth behind the Government. The Trials were unfair, the Government and the townspeople were corrupt, and they had stress from outer threats surrounding the village.
Why did the witch hunts stop?
Rich intellectuals intervened to protect themselves as well as innocents, and the subsequent reform of the systems of law made it more difficult for witch–trials to be brought and witches to be found guilty, bringing about the initial decline of the witch–hunts.