On this day in 1692, the first person in the Salem Witch Trials was hung for being a witch. Her name was Bridget Bishop and she was accused of bewitching a number of young women.
She wasn’t the first to be accused of witchcraft. The hysteria that instigated the witch trials started when two girls of just 9 and 11 years old were taken to the doctor with fits and contortions. The doctor, without the modern benefits of blood tests and x –rays, did the only sensible thing for a Puritan doctor who couldn’t figure out what was going on – he diagnosed bewitchment. Of course!